MORE NEWS IN BRIEF FROM ACROSS LEMINGTON WARD

December 22, 2008 12:01 AM

:: TAKE THE PLUNGE WITH FREE SWIMMING

The Lib Dem-run city council is planning free entry into swimming pools for children and older people.

The proposal would allow the over 60s and the under 18s free entry into council-run pools.

This builds upon the existing Fusion card scheme.

:: COUNCIL TO TAKE OVER PARKING ENFORCEMENT

Newcastle City Council is to take over parking enforcement from the police in February.

It means that Civil Enforcement Officers will be able to issue tickets to motorists parked illegally.

Councillor Liz Langfield explains: "Residents across Lemington may notice that extra yellow lines have been installed locally.

"If any resident has any specific problems, then please contact me.

"The new system aims to tackle indiscriminate parking and should improve congestion and pedestrian safety."

:: CARD ACCOUNT STAYS WITH THE POST OFFICE

The Government has abandoned proposals to hand over the payment of pensions and benefits from post offices to a private company.

Thousands of people across Newcastle currently use their local Post Office to receive their pensions and benefits through the Post Office Card Account.

"This u-turn is welcome here and it means our Post Offices have a better chance of staying open," said Newcastle North Parliamentary spokesman Ron Beadle.

:: GUIDES OPEN CENTRE IN LEMINGTON

A new Girl Guide centre is to open on Tyne View - in the former Chocolate Box store. A 'pie and peas' fundraiser for the centre is being held on January 21 at 7.30pm in the Lemington Centre.

There are plans to start Rainbow, Brownie and Guide groups in the Lemington area as well. The Association is also looking for volunteers. Please ring 267 4405.