South Tyneside Council

2021 Labour hold, from 2019

Counting complete. After 20 of 20 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 16
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -4
    • Councillors overall total 44
  2. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 6
  3. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 2
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
    • Councillors overall total 3
  4. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 1
  1. Labour holds on in the North East

    Richard Moss

    Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    There was never much to gain for Labour in an area where they remain a dominant electoral force, but they will at least be encouraged that losses were more limited than in previous years.

    Their challenge though now is to begin to claw back previous losses, particularly in Sunderland.

    The party started the night perilously perched in that authority - having lost 19 seats in the last two elections, they were just six more defeats from losing overall control.

    In the end, even if they didn't begin to claw seats back, they at least stopped the rot. One seat fell to the Lib Dems, but the Conservatives failed to make any gains.

    And crucially council leader Graeme Miller (pictured below) held on despite a Tory campaign which even featured a visit by Boris Johnson to his Washington ward.

    The Conservatives did win a Labour seat in North Tyneside, but also lost one - their group leader Sean Brockbank the casualty.

    As he had called for the Prime Minister to resign over Partygate, he may well feel pretty sore.

    Labour did suffer in South Tyneside as they lost four seats for the second year in a row.

    They remain firmly in control but the Green Party continue to build a bridgehead, doubling their representation to six councillors.

    Graeme Miller celebrates
  2. Loan to prevent delay to Tyne Tunnel toll barriers removal

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A £7m loan has been given by North East councils to avoid delaying the removal of all toll barriers at the Tyne Tunnel.

    Later this year all cash payments and toll booths at the tunnel are being ditched in favour of an automated system, which it's hoped will avoid congestion and cut air pollution.

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service has revealed tunnel operator TT2 was planning to push back the scheme due to a huge loss of income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, until council leaders stepped in with funding to keep the project on track.

    The £6.67m loan was signed off in a behind-closed-doors meeting last September.

    It will be paid back over the course of TT2’s contract to manage the crossing up to 2037.

    The northbound toll plaza at the Tyne Tunnel

    Gateshead Council leader Martin Gannon said it would “secure the long term future” of TT2 after toll revenue dropped substantially during the pandemic.

    From November, drivers will no longer have to stop to pay at toll plazas on the north side of the tunnel, instead driving straight through.

    Tolls will instead be paid using either pre-paid accounts, a pay later website, or through PayPoint tills at retailers, with automatic number plate recognition cameras recording vehicles’ journeys.

  3. Government workers to boost jab uptake

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Teams of government workers are being sent to busy areas like South Shields town centre and the seafront this weekend to encourage people to take the Covid vaccines.

    The aim of the 25 workers is to try to reverse a “slowdown” in vaccinations as part of "enhanced response” measures to reduce infection rates.

    They won't be doing vaccinations - just talking to people about it.

    The Groyne Lighthouse at South Shields

    It's expected similar programmes will be also be introduced in Newcastle and Middlesbrough where vaccination rates have lagged behind the rest of the region.

    Tom Hall, South Tyneside’s public health director, said there would be a particular push to target young people, working age men, and those who missed vaccine appointments due to being in isolation or having tested positive for the virus.

    Mr Hall said: “These are people who are well-versed in Covid, they understand about the vaccination programme and they are there just to have that extra chat with people that might encourage them to come along.”

    Close up of Covid vaccination

    Covid infection rates in the North East have fallen significantly over recent weeks, having escalated in June and July.

    Mr Hall said South Tyneside’s current infection rate was now about a quarter of what it was just a few weeks ago, when it hit a peak of more than 1,300 cases per 100,000 people.

    He said: “We have got this window now, four or five weeks in August, to really push on with the vaccine programme. That is our intention now, to get that uptake as high as possible in the next few weeks.”

  4. Flyover opens to ease congestion at A19 junction

    A new flyover to allow drivers using the A19 between North Tyneside and North Yorkshire to travel without stopping has opened.

    The Testos roundabout was closed to traffic over the weekend to allow the flyover to be installed joining the A19 into a continuous stretch.

    Work around the flyover and junction will continue over the coming weeks, including work on the slip roads.

    Closures and diversions will also remain in place at the nearby A19 Downhill Lane and the A1290 junction in Sunderland.

    It's hoped the flyover will ease congestion - previously at peak times drivers could experience delays of up to four minutes per vehicle.

    New flyover at Testos junction