South Tyneside Council

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Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 17 Total councillors 53 ChangeNo results

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 Change+1

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-1
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'Drug users and dealers' and 'discarded needles' among concerns in South Shields

Local Democracy Reporting Service

James Harrison

"Drug users and dealers" and "discarded needles" are among the concerns raised about plans for South Shields.

The application is seeking permission to formally designate one property in Seafield Terrace a six-bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO) and a second a two-person residential property.

Despite an indication from the council's planning department that it should be approved, the proposals have provoked opposition, including a petition, from people living nearby.

Street view
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According to one objection submitted to the council: "The police are at the property on a regular basis, usually at some unsociable time either to arrest someone or following a complaint."

The scheme, is due to be considered by South Tyneside Council's Planning Committee on 18 February.

New parking restrictions for busy Hebburn junction

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chris Binding

Council bosses have revealed plans for new parking restrictions at a busy junction in Hebburn following safety concerns.

It comes after a new Aldi store opened in Glen Street last year.

In recent months, South Tyneside council has received complaints about road safety linked to the junctions by the shop's entrance and the Glen Medical Centre.

This included vehicles parking within 10 metres of the junctions and concerns about utility companies blocking parts of the street.

Glen Street, Hebburn, South Tyneside
BBC

According to a council report, "visibility was severely compromised" by the parking with several potentially serious accidents reported in 2018.

On Monday, council parking service officer, Trevor Mackie, told Hebburn Community Forum that parking rules would be put in place to tackle the issue.

This includes "no waiting no loading" restrictions on junction areas.

The works are expected to start on 14 March and when completed, restrictions will be enforced.

South Tyneside Council hands out fines for enviromental law breaches

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chris Binding

People flouting environmental laws in South Tyneside have paid nearly £10,000 as part of an enforcement crackdown.

Between April and September this year, 21 prosecutions were carried out by South Tyneside Council for several offences, with 19 defendants found guilty.

These ranged from failing to remove household waste and dog faeces to more serious fly-tipping offences

On 30 November, the council's Licensing and Regulatory committee heard a breakdown of the cases which saw offenders ordered to pay a total of £9,540.

This was split between £6,980 in fines, £1,900 in costs and £750 in victim surcharges.

South Tyneside Council
South Tyneside Council

Two neighbouring NHS Trusts in the North East look set to merge

BBC Newcastle

Two neighbouring NHS Trusts in the North East look set to merge.

Discussions with the public will now begin about joining together the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

The boards, who are both are in favour, hope to become one organisation from April next year.

Council bosses concern over parents pulling children out of South Shields School

Local Democracy Reporting Service

James Harrison

Extra strain is being piled on a struggling school because parents are pulling their children out in fear of it closing, according to council bosses.

South Shields School was told to convert to an academy last year after being marked inadequate by Ofsted inspectors.

But now, after failing to find a suitable academy sponsor, it faces the prospect of being shut down in 2020, with falling pupil numbers threatening its financial viability.

The school, in Nevinson Avenue, currently has about 550 pupils on its roll and is expected to be less than half full by 2020/21.

According to a report prepared for the council, 129 transfer requests have been submitted by parents.

"The council wrote to all parents to explain the benefits of their children returning to South Shields School until the time came for them to move. Despite that the viability of the school has been rather challenged by the number of in-term transfer requests."

Councillor Moira SmithCabinet member for Children, Adults and Families