Gosforth eFocus No 19

September 7, 2014 2:25 PM
By Gosforth Liberal Democrats
More news, more quickly from the 9 Liberal Democrat Councillors representing Gosforth wards. We're always happy to add more people to the circulation - just let us know
WARD COMMITTEE MEETINGS THIS MONTH
All residents of the appropriate ward are welcome to attend
Monday 8th. 7pm
East Gosforth Ward Committee
Gosforth
Garden Village Hall, Rosewood Avenue, NE3 5DD​
​Wednesday 10th. 7pm Parklands Ward Committee​
St Aidan's Community Centre, Brunton Park NE3 5NF
RECENT GRANTS TO VOLUNTARY GROUPS include
£400 A5NRA - East Gosforth Ward
£500 Daft as a Brush - Parklands Ward
£2952.62 All Saints Church Hall - West Gosforth Ward
If you run a voluntary group helping local people with a project you are trying to fund, don't hesitate to contact one of your local councillors to see if ward Committees can help.
LETTING BOARDS
Following extensive campaigning by Liberal Democrat Councillors, Newcastle City Council is introducing "No letting boards" areas.
ENVIROCALL
At the meeting of Newcastle City Council last week, Liberal Democrat Councillors were critical of the way the performance of this organisation has deteriorated under Labour. (It was set up to provide a rapid response to issues with local environments.) You can read the Evening Chronicle's "take" on this here : http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-city-council-row-after-7719973
WARM UP NORTH
Did you know that, if your home is not insulated, you could be losing over 50% of all the heating in your home through your walls and roof? Warm Up North can help you save energy and save money with a range of insulation measures for your home, including solid-wall, cavity-wall and loft insulation. You can apply in three simple steps:
1. Call Warm Up North on 0800 294 8073.
2. Warm Up North will carry out a no-obligation, whole-house assessment to determine whether your property could benefit from energy-efficiency measures.
3. They will discuss your assessment report and potential costs to proceed. Warm Up North will then arrange with you the best time to book the installation
For more information call 0800 294 8073, visit www.warmupnorth.com or follow the scheme on Facebook or Twitter.
PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Use the reference number on Newcastle City Council's website, planning section, to find out more
First floor extension 18 Clayworth Road, Brunton Park Ref 2014/1316/01/DET
Two storey extension 51 Bridge Park, Gosforth, Ref 2014/1332/01/DET
Felling of one Ash tree 8 Whitebridge Court, Whitebridge Park Ref 2014/1327/01/TRE
Removal of tree Pruning tree growth: 8 Whitebridge Court, Whitebridge Park Ref 2014/1328/01/TRE
CYCLISTS
There is an active cycle lobby contacting councillors directly and via social media. We support the right of people to cycle safely but also expect cyclists to respect the safety of others, especially pedestrians.
Proposals have been made for a great deal of money to be spent to install more capacity for cyclists through Gosforth High Street, reducing the space available for cars and causing disruption over a long period. We'd welcome your views.
WALKER SPY
There's a rougher tougher eNewsletter out there by this name. In its latest edition:
Page 1: Opening The Door - New law gives the public rights to attend and report on all open council meetings and access major secret decisions. Plus: More earache looms from Labour czar Nick Forbes with four major events over the next eight weeks.
Page 2: Woes Of Walker - Damning report shows how city's most deprived ward is suffering even more under czar Forbes' budget cuts and co-op council policy - plus a reported attitude rift between council officers and voluntary community groups.
Page 3: Lost Council Homes - Tenants' Right To buy cuts council stock by 256 in just 24 months and new higher buying discounts could make that soar even more. Plus: Labour vote plunges as LibDems win North Jesmond by-election. Plus: A new free public website to track what all 12 North-East councils are doing, including daily news bulletins.
Page 4: Purge on Councillors? - Czar Forbes may now cut the city council's 78 councillors by a third to only 52 in a bid to keep Labour in power for years ahead. Plus: Forbes' new ruling Cabinet of 14 members and deputies - including eight rookies with little council experience.
Page 5: Science City Shock - Surprise Labour council statement changing the 10-year vision of a world-class powerhouse to boost local jobs and economic growth. Now, after tens of £millions invested in that dream, the new Labour aim is a vague "living laboratory to map out the city of the future."
If you want to find out more go to http://northern-drift.net/walker-spy
MORE FOR BUSINESSES
* Why IP matters to your business
The Business & IP Centre Newcastle supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small business in the North East, from that very first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. One of the key areas of the Centre's work is intellectual property (IP),
Manager Luke Burton explains why IP matters to your business.
* Federation of Small Business members invited to 'innovate not stagnate' 11 September
A compact business master class, led by the Business & IP Centre Newcastle this September, aims to support Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
members by encouraging them to inject innovation into their operations.
* Innovation Elevator programme to run from Sunderland Software Centre in October
A free two-day master class which promises to help businesses grow and meet their commercial objectives is being offered to local businesses this
October.
* Inspiring Entrepreneurs Screening
Find out how local entrepreneurs Paul Rawlings and Sam Morton, founders of Screach created a new market and took the UK by storm.
* How Go Digital can boost your business
Has your business taken advantage of the free Connection Voucher and Business Support available through the Go Digital Newcastle programme?
* Calling all female entrepreneurs
Come along to the exclusive launch of a new Business Support Programme especially for women-led businesses and female entrepreneurs.
Gosforth eFocus is brought to you by
​David Down, Pauline Allen and ​Robin Ashby ​.
Liberal Democrat Councillor​s​ for Parklands Ward
Reporting email ​:​ pauline.allen@newcastle.gov.uk
Henry Gallagher, Peter Legott and David Slesenger ​.
Liberal Democrat Councillors for East Gosforth
Jackie Slesenger, Bill Shepherd and Nick Cott ​ ​
Liberal Democrat Councillors for West Gosforth ​
All in the great city of Newcastle upon Tyne
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