Work could start again on the unfinished house on Whickham Bank if the Government approves changes to the building plans.
Planning permission for the house was given by Gateshead Council in 1998 but building work stopped when concerns were raised that neighboring properties would lose their privacy.
Gateshead Council was then asked to intervene to get changes made to the house, so that it's views of neighboring houses could be addressed. There is a long and difficult legal process which needs to be gone through to achieve this.
Cllr. Peter Craig reports: "The final stage of negotiations has only now been reached and agreement is being sought with the building's owner to modify the design to reduce overlooking of neighbouring homes and alleviate local residents' concerns"
Council reserves grow - but Labour still puts up Council Tax!
Gateshead Council have set their budget for the year and residents now face another hike in Council Tax - for the sixth year in a row!
The increase of 3.99%, the maximum that the Council can set without holding a public referendum on the charges, when residents have already endured a 27.5% increase over the last 6 years and all this comes despite the news the Council has been building up huge reserves of £39 million - £33 million more than the Government recommends.
Liberal Democrat Councillor, Sonya Hawkins says: "Residents are asking why does Gateshead Council offer such poor value for money?"
Local business owners and residents have told us that they feel the car parking charges at Cross Keys Lane car park and Lowrey’s Lane car park are bad for our local shops and businesses. Parents who send their children to Kells Lane School have also told us that the first 20 minutes free car parking at Lowrey’s Lane car park sometimes isn’t enough time when picking up or dropping off their children.
We are now seeking your views on how to improve the public car parking in Low Fell and we are asking residents to complete our survey below. Low Fell Councillor Daniel Duggan said “Having a vibrant shopping area is so important for Low Fell and we need the Council to do everything it can to help support local businesses. This survey will help us when we have discussions with Council officers so please do take a few minutes to complete it”.
Please answer this short survey CLICK HERE
Would you like to volunteer?
Kells Lane Park is a fantastic asset for our community and we believe everyone benefits from well cared for, open play and recreation areas such as this. Would you like to help form and be part of a Friends of Kells Lane Park group, with the aim of working with residents to find out how the park can be improved and help care for it for everyone in Low Fell.
If you have some time to spare and would like to join please contact Low Fell Councillor Daniel Duggan at email@example.com