Labour Hikes Council Tax

On 25th February Gateshead Council held its budget meeting and agreed to increase Council Tax by 4.99% - the maximum they can do without legally triggering a referendum. An alternative proposal from the opposition Lib Dem group to freeze council tax and bridge the funding gap by using £4.8 ...

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Lib Dems to vote against Gateshead Council Budget

Liberal Democrat Councillors in Gateshead are to vote against Gateshead Council’s plans to increase council tax by 4.99% on Thursday. The decision to oppose the budget at the council meeting on Thursday 25th February was taken by the Council’s Official Opposition after discovering that Gateshead ...

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Call to use covid vaccination to tackle other health problems

With all of us likely to need an annual covid jab in the years ahead, a leading Liberal Democrat Councillor in Gateshead has called on any system set up to administer vaccines in the future to tackle other health issues as well. Cllr Jonathan Wallace, Leader of the Opposition on Gateshead Council...

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£500,000 wasted on failed road closure

The decision to close the Gateshead flyover to traffic in July last year and then reopen it after a huge outcry from stranded drivers cost taxpayers nearly half a million pounds. The figures were discovered by Liberal Democrat councillors following requests to Gateshead Council for information ab...

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Derelict eyesore school set for demolition

A derelict school in the heart of Dunston, Gateshead, that has been empty and unused for over a decade is to be demolished and used for housing. And Lib Dem Councillors, who fought to have the site cleared, have welcomed the news.   Dunston Hill School was replaced with a new building nearby 13 y...

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End in sight for 20 year planning dispute

A planning dispute that has left a large house in Whickham half built for nearly 20 years could be resolved in the near future.   Government ministers have ordered a hearing into the house on Whickham Bank which has now stood unfinished for almost 17 years.   Planning permission for the partial 2...

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