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No government-funded trees planted in South Tyneside in eight years

No government-funded trees have been planted in South Tyneside between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

South Tyneside was among about a third of English districts that did not get any government-funded trees. Almost all of these were urban areas and the government has promised to spend £10m planting trees in towns and cities.

Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

Gyms are fit for purpose

More people than ever are using council-owned gyms and swimming pools on South Tyneside.

The borough council says more than one and a quarter million people used its leisure facilities over the last year.

It says innovative classes and top equipment is attracting more users.

New lease of life for former supermarket

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chris Binding

A building which housed one of the first supermarkets in South Shields is set to be transformed into offices.

Constructed in Fowler Street for high-end green grocers Miller & Co in the early 1900s, in the 1950s it was home to retail chain Hintons.

Its most recent use was as a shoe shop on the ground floor, and a snooker club on the upper floors.

In their application, developers stated they aimed to preserve and improve the appearance of the listed Edwardian structure.

22 Fowler Street

A report by South Tyneside Council said: “The works would bring a vacant unit into use, improving the vitality of the town centre as well as delivering an appropriate use for the building.”

South Tyneside blue plaque scheme for 2019/20 approved

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chris Binding

Three blue plaques aimed to honour South Tyneside's greats have been approved.

The plaque scheme was introduced in 2017 after the area was ranked as one of the worst in the country for remembering its history.

It aims to pay tribute to those who have made a "significant contribution to the cultural, industrial or civic legacy of South Tyneside or Britain".

Councillor Alan Kerr revealed the 2019-20 nominations this week.

They include:

  • Sir Ridley Scott - world famous for his cinematic epics and known for films such as Gladiator, Alien and Blade Runner.
  • Anne Seymour MBE - well-known for her work as a missionary and charity supporter.
  • South Shields-born Eileen O’Shaughnessy - the wife of English novelist and journalist, George Orwell

The plaques are set to be installed in 2019-20 with exact locations yet to be revealed.

According to a council report, each plaque costs £330 to manufacture and £80 to install.

Council bosses are expected to pay for the Ridley Scott plaque while other plaques will be paid for by groups or individuals who made nominations.

South Shields Town Hall
South Tyneside Council

160 homes could be given go-ahead in South Tyneside

The green light could be given to plans for 160 homes on a famed ex-laboratory site in South Tyneside.

Miller Homes Hebburn

The site off Victoria Road West sits on the former base of Narec Clothier in Hebburn.

It's currently under development after Miller Homes won planning permission in 2017 to build 334 homes.

Following a recent land transfer, Miller Homes now aims to split the site with housing association Home Group, which plans to build 167 homes.

A final decision is expected at South Shields Town Hall on 20 May.