Gosforth Ward

Gosforth Focus TeamUnder boundary changes, in May 2018 the East Gosforth Ward was devided between three new wards : Gosforth Ward (with part of the previous West Gosforth Ward west of the High Street); Dene and South Gosforth Ward; while Garden Village became part of Parklands Ward.

The Liberal Democrats promise is "service and action all year round" so they would be pleased to hear from you with any queries or suggestions - gosforth@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Councillor Colin Ferguson colin.ferguson@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Councillor Phil Hall phil.hall@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Councillor Tom Woodwark tom.woodwark@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

To receive Gosforth eFocus regularly (more news, more quickly, in more depth) in addition to the regular Gosforth Focus through your door, email "subscribe" and your postcode to gosforth.efocus@gmail.com

(Pictured here : The Gosforth Focus Team Philip Hall, Colin Ferguson and Tom Woodwark man the High Street stall)

Councillors Surgery

You can also speak to Councillors and other members of the team to raise your query in person at our monthly surgery:

Street Stall on Gosforth High Street (next to BOOTS) - 1st Saturday of each month - 10.00am to 12 noon

where we are also joined by colleagues from West Gosforth and Parklands

  • Rainbow
    Article: Mar 31, 2020

    http The FAQs on the Council website https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/wachCWL3Di4yNpJHBOWn9?domain=newcastle.gov.uk are kept up to date and include information on any disruption to Council services. In particular all waste is due to be collected as programmed, but please check the FAQs on a regular basis to keep informed of any changes.

  • Social distancing
    Article: Mar 25, 2020
    At the current time politics as usual is not appropriate. The utmost priority is the safety and welfare of all Newcastle's citizens and we will work with the council and partner organisations to safeguard this.
    Newcastle Liberal Democrat councillors are working from home to support the community and neighbour networks that have been established in many neighbourhoods in the wards we represent. We aim to ensure that older and vulnerable constituents receive any assistance they need at this time, whilst staying aware of the need to comply with the Government's instructions on staying at home and social distancing - like the gulls in the picture!
  • Cllr Griff Kane
    Article: Dec 22, 2019

    Opposition Liberal Democrats' councillors are in a state of shock as it has become clear that the Labour Administration have failed to fully account for the Climate Emergency in the Council's budget proposals for 2020-21.

    Responding to questioning at the Finance & Budget Monitoring Scrutiny Sub-Committee, Officers admitted that the numerous committees established with great fanfare by Leader of the Council, Cllr Forbes, to address climate and environment matters would have no formal role in feeding into the Council's budget consultation process, and may even report too late to influence the Council's spending priorities for the coming financial year.

  • Cllr Colin Ferguson
    Article: Sep 18, 2019
    Newcastle's Opposition Liberal Democrats have been left shocked after the Labour Leader of Council admitted that there is no Plan B in the event that Government refuses to stump up the cash for the Council's clean air proposals. In response to question from Cllr Ferguson, Labour's Cllr Forbes has been forced to admit that their proposals would be halted, with no alternatives or contingency planning in place.
  • Cllrs Ferguson and Hall 2019
    Article: Sep 5, 2019

    We live in dark times. Our democracy is under threat, Cllr Colin Ferguson (seen here with his colleague Cllr Phil Hall) told Newcastle City Council last night. He went on : Our Government seems more interested in playing party political games and maneuvering for personal advantage than in attempting to heal the deep divisions cutting across society. The various figures at the top of the Tory Party seem pathologically obsessed with driving forward with Brexit, come hell or high water.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2019

    "The news that the councils seem to be no longer considering the possibility of the £12.50 daily charge for the Central Motorway and Coast Road will be a relief to many people, but it isn't immediately obvious that the new proposals comply with the relevant air quality targets", says Cllr Greg Stone, Liberal Democrats opposition spokesperson on transport and air quality. "These plans appear to do nothing to improve identified air quality problem areas like Shields Road, the Cradlewell, Gosforth High Street, and the Coast Road.

  • Idling engines
    Article: Jul 10, 2019

    The effect of car engines idling near schools is under increasing scrutiny. As well as damaging young lings and health, the latest research shows that drivers are poisoning themselves too. Liberal Democrats are campaigning to get drivers to turn off their engines when stopped near schools by persuasion at the moment. This poster outside a local school shows all the problems that arise from the practice of not turning off.

  • Litter picking
    Article: Jul 10, 2019

    What is the true cost of the reduction in the number of litter bins across the City by the Labour run Council?

    At last Cabinet Members and Service Directors have decided to come out of the Civic Centre to see what residents and we have been complaining about all this time.

    They are annoyed about what it looks like. But what about the impact? Here are some examples observed by Liberal Democrats councillors who are often out and about in their wards litterpicking, frequently with local volunteers :

  • Police at Civic
    Article: Apr 15, 2019

    "It seems the Home Secreatry will talk about anything to tackle knife crime except the one thing that communities most desperately need: more police officers", says Ed Davey, who leads for the Liberal Democrats in Parliament on Home Affairs .

    "The Home Office's own analysis shows that the Tories' excessive police cuts have contributed to the rise in serious violence, yet the Home Secretary stubbornly refuses to fund forces properly so they can put more officers on our streets.

    "Tackling this knife crime epidemic does require a public health approach, but police are an integral part of that approach. How on earth does Javid expect police officers to spend more time working with youth workers and other agencies when they're already hugely overstretched?

    "The Liberal Democrats demand better. The Government must urgently give local police forces the funding they need to recruit more officers and restore the community policing that prevents crime and keeps us safe."

    According to the National Audit Office, the Government has cut £1 billion from frontline police budgets in real terms since 2015.

    In the same period, the number of full-time equivalent police officers in England and Wales has fallen by 4,797 (4%). On top of that, the number of Community Support Officers is down 2,579 (21%) and the number of Special Constables is down 5,045 (31%).

    A leaked Home Office report last year shows that the Government's police cuts "likely contributed" to the rise in serious violent crime

  • Article: Apr 13, 2019

    NEWCASTLE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS LOCAL ELECTION MANIFESTO 2019

    'Forward to a better future with the Liberal Democrats'

    OUR PARTY'S PRINCIPLES AND VALUES AND AMBITION


    I. Introduction
    Newcastle Liberal Democrats hold firm to the values of the wider Liberal Democrat party. Our national vision is set out in the preamble to our party's federal constitution:
    The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.
    In Newcastle, we aim to stay true to our national vision.
    In all that we say and do, we will strive to be open, tolerant and united and to demand better for the residents of our city.
    We add one more proviso to our vision locally in our desire to be close to the communities in which we serve, to listen to local people, to work with community organisations, and to act on their behalf where it is possible to do so, in line with our Liberal Democrat principles.
    We believe passionately that our focus as a local party and actions should be rooted in communities.