Coronavirus figures: Rises in three North East areas
There was a rise in the number of coronavirus infections in three North East council areas, according to latest figures by Public Health England.
Data for the period between 22-28 June, for
infections per 100,000 population rose in Redcar and Cleveland from 0.7 to 5.1, compared to the the previous week.
In Hartlepool, the rate rose from 4.3 to 6.4 and in South Tyneside, the rate increased from 0.0 to 0.7.
Source: Public Health England
Expansion plans approved at industrial site
Major plans have been approved at Sunderland and South Tyneside's International Advanced Manufacturing Park.
It could see a single manufacturing facility, measuring up to one million sq ft, being built at site near Nissan after planning permission was given the go-ahead.
The IAMP project is expected to create more than 7,000 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
French automotive supplier SNOP, South Tyneside firm Faltec and the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing all currently work from the site.
South Tyneside health bosses issue warning as lockdown eases
Health bosses in South Tyneside and Sunderland have issued a warning to local people as the health and care system prepares for further easing of the lockdown rules this weekend.
People are being urged to continue following government guidance around social distancing and regular handwashing, or risk further lives being lost to Covid-19.
As pubs prepare to reopen on Saturday, many may be looking forward to meeting up with friends and enjoying a few drinks, but with coronavirus still prevalent in the community, the message from local health leaders remains clear.
Dr Shaz Wahid, medical director at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The further easing of lockdown rules this weekend does not mean that Covid-19 has disappeared from our communities.
"We have all made great personal sacrifice to control the rate of infection in South Tyneside and Sunderland, but all of that could go to waste if we don’t continue to follow the national guidance around Covid-19."
We are genuinely concerned about any additional pressure on our local NHS if people drink too much."
During the pandemic anyone in need of NHS help is being advised to speak to the appropriate service via telephone before turning up to ensure the NHS can adhere to strict social distancing and infection control measures.
During the day, people should contact their GP practice in the usual way.
If it is urgent and out of hours call NHS 111.
In a serious or life threatening emergency, always call 999.
It will provide a base for coastal wildlife groups while providing opportunities for visitors to “explore, discover and record the natural heritage of the coast”, the National Trust said. Features will include an interactive coastal activity zone, bird observation area, multi-use learning space and an accessible public toilet and changing room for users of the coastal park.
Although the building is planned in a sensitive area, South Tyneside Council planners said the scheme met the "very special circumstances" needed to override any harm to the Green Belt. Reasons provided by the applicant included the cultural and social benefits of the new centre, eco-friendly design features, boosting the local tourism industry and the inability to incorporate the facility at the Souter Lighthouse due to space constraints.
A landmark on the South Tyneside coast is to be given a revamp to restore its historic fabric and conserve its status as a visitor attraction.
The structure at the Trow Rocks beach at South Shields, known as the "disappearing gun", involves a platform allowing it to be raised and lowered within the concrete base, and is the remains of an experiment in coastal defence technology in the 19th Century.
The turret is Grade II listed but the gun is a replica, installed in 1987 to commemorate the trial 100 years earlier.
National Trust bosses submitted a listed building application to South Tyneside Council last year stating that it “suffered from the impacts of the marine environment and antisocial behaviour”.
Following a consultation, the proposal for repairs to prevent it from continuing to deteriorate have now been approved.
No date has as yet been given, but under planning conditions it would need to take place within the next three years.
Further delay to end of life care in South Tyneside
Local Democracy Reporter
An update on the future of end of life care in South Tyneside has been delayed until July, due to coronavirus.
NHS chiefs had intended to reveal further details of plans to replace the former St Clare’s Hospice this month.
The borough has been without a dedicated palliative care facility since the charity collapsed into insolvency in 2019, but families and campaigners will have to wait to find out more about proposals for a new ‘spoke and hub’ model.
“We intended to have a progress report coming," said Matt Brown, director of operations at South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
“Unfortunately we’ve not been able to move that work on as we anticipated, with everyone’s efforts being focused on the Covid-19 response.
"We will have that paper for the July meeting of the governing body and we’ll be able to give a full update and progress report on where we’re up to.”
Care bosses have previously said St Clare’s Hospice’s former base in Jarrow is unlikely to be reopened.
Local honour plans for 'hero workers'
NHS and care staff and key workers that live and care for people in South Tyneside could receive the Honorary Freedom of the Borough, under plans put forward by the council's cabinet.
The civic award is the highest honour to be bestowed on any individual or organisation and has only been awarded to 10 people or
organisations since 1981.
It would be considered as a collective honour for everybody playing a key role in keeping the borough safe and ensuring essential services continue to run during the coronavirus crisis.
This would include NHS and care staff, GPs, pharmacists, emergency services,
refuse collectors, cleaners, delivery drivers, teachers, workers in contact
centres and supermarkets,
The proposal will now go before a constitution committee for a formal recommendation to a future extraordinary meeting.
Our local heroes have been on the frontline during this terrible crisis we owe it to them to see that there is a lasting tribute.”
South Tyneside beach car parks to stay closed
Local Democracy Reporter
Lockdown travel rules might have been relaxed but beach car parks in South Tyneside are staying shut while the council works out a "phased return".
We've been told we can - from Wednesday - sunbathe in local parks and exercise as much as we want. We've also been told we can drive to other places in England to do this.
But South Tyneside Council said it was "considering the new guidance from the government".
"A phased return of car parking services is required, focused on a risk based safe approach," a spokesperson said.
Residents are advised to check the authority's website for updates or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.
Men's mental health charity offers online chat service
A North East mental health charity has teamed up with South Tyneside Council to pilot a new scheme which aims to help men find support during the coronavirus crisis.
With all face-to-face groups cancelled, ManHealth is offering a live online chat service with a trained member of staff between the hours of 17:00 and 21:00, Monday to Friday.
It usually holds regular peer support groups across the region but since the lockdown measures were introduced staff have been supporting its 400 members online daily.