South Tyneside Council

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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. 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
  2. North East elections 2021: What's happened so far

    If you're just joining us, good morning and here is a round-up of what has happened so far:

    • The Conservatives won the Hartlepool by-election with Jill Mortimer (pictured below) named as the town's new MP
    • Labour had held the seat since the current constituency was created in 1974
    • Ms Mortimer won with 15,529 votes, while Labour's Mr Williams received 8,589
    • The Conservatives also took control of Northumberland County Council with a majority of one seat
    • Labour kept control of Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and South Tyneside Councils but with some losses
    • Results still to come are the Northumbria and Cleveland police and crime commissioners (PCC), Tees Valley Mayor and North Tyneside Council later today.
    • Durham County Council, Hartlepool Council Durham PCC and North Tyneside mayor are expected on Saturday and Cumbria PCC on Monday
    Jill Mortimer after winning in Hartlepool
  3. Labour retains control of South Tyneside

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Chris Binding

    Labour has kept control of South Tyneside Council.

    The party lost four seats but easily retained control, taking 16 out of the 20 seats which were contested across the borough.

    Now the council’s overall make-up is 44 Labour councillors, five independents, three Greens, one Conservative and Jeff Milburn who is listed on the council’s website as an Independent Conservative.

    The council's leader Tracey Dixon, who retained her seat in Whitburn and Marsden with 1,337 votes, said she was “slightly disappointed” with the result.

    She said: “We were hoping that we would retain 20 Labour councillors but unfortunately we have lost four seats and that isn’t for the want of the candidates trying, it’s been a very difficult year for this year’s election."

  4. Welcome to our live election results coverage

    Good morning and welcome to the start of our live coverage of the election results in the North East and Cumbria.

    To start you off here is a round-up of what has happened overnight.

    • The result of the Hartlepool by-election is expected to be declared shortly but Labour's shadow transport secretary, Jim McMahon, has already admitted defeat
    • Labour have kept control of Sunderland City Council but lost nine seats
    • Labour have also held Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and South Tyneside Council
    Hartlepool by-election count
  5. Video content

    Video caption: Election 2021: 'I was homeless now I'm voting for the first time'

    Aaron Scullion was homeless at 21 but he now has a job and home and is voting for the first time.

  6. Pontoon development plans approved

    Plans to create a new marina with floating pontoons in South Shields have been approved.

    The development at the former Brigham and Cowan Dock 4 Entrance, off Long Row, will see an area created for small boats to be moored, a wave break and access ladder.

    The plans had been opposed by neighbours who are worried about noise, pollution and parking.

    During a public consultation 139 representations were submitted in support and 90 objections against.

    Site for pontoon plans

    Councillor Angela Hamilton raised concerns about increased traffic and limited parking, adding: “I’m not against a pontoon or a marina, if it’s done right it can bring a massive advantage to our borough.

    “But this application isn’t right, it doesn’t meet the local planning framework and takes away residents’ amenities that they’re entitled to."

    A statement from the applicant said the former dock was ‘one of the last practical locations’ in South Tyneside suitable for a such a facility.

    The application was approved with a condition that the pontoon be restricted for “the mooring of recreational leisure boats and for no other purpose”.

    There's also a dispute over access to a public walkway on the riverside.

    Part of the riverside walkway and England Coast Path, adjacent to the former dock, has already been gated-off and an online petition to reopen it has collected more than 1,000 signatures.

    The local authority said it's a separate issue to the pontoon and it is in talks with Natural England regarding the pathway.

  7. Rainbows springing up across South Tyneside

    Rainbows and thank you NHS signs are being painted on roads across South Tyneside.

    A total of 18 rainbow roads are being created close to healthcare services in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn, as well as in Cleadon, Boldon Village and Whitburn.

    NHS rainbow and thank you sign
    Quote Message: It is important to remember that the death toll during the second lockdown has been far higher than during the first. For this reason, we want to remind health workers that we continue to stand with them and appreciate all they do." from Tracey Dixon Leader, South Tyneside Council
    Tracey DixonLeader, South Tyneside Council

    A number will also be painted on the approach roads to South Tyneside District Hospital.

    It's hoped the gesture from South Tyneside Council will boost the morale of NHS staff and show the borough's gratitude.

    Quote Message: The rainbow has become a symbol of the efforts of all who are working in the NHS during the pandemic and this gesture from South Tyneside Council will no doubt put a smile on the faces of many of our staff coming into our hospital sites at this difficult time." from Ken Bremner South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
    Ken BremnerSouth Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  8. Council leaders ask public to follow lockdown rules

    Leaders representing Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham, have urged residents to "stay vigilant and help us recover”.

    It comes after a sunny weekend, which saw scores of people gather at beaches, riversides and parks, with some concerned about a lack of social distancing.

    Over flowing bins in Gosforth central park

    The councils praised the “vast majority” of residents for being “magnificent” at following lockdown rules, but said there is a danger "of undoing all that good work if we all don’t continue to do so".

    "This weekend saw the good weather attract many people outdoors for their exercise. That’s understandable, but please remember to only meet up with one other person or stay within your household or support bubble, and stay local."