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Gosforth Ward

Gosforth Ward councillorsUnder boundary changes, in May 2018 the East Gosforth Ward was divided 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.

Councillor Colin Ferguson was re-elected to serve you on Thursday 5th May 2022

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 (l-r) Tom Woowark, Philip Hall, Colin Ferguson )

Councillors Surgery

Gosforth Focus Team

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

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

  • Robin Ashby
    Article: Apr 6, 2022

    * The typical family in Newcastle is set to pay an extra £121 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost of living crunch hits.

    * Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with £23 million tax hit.

    * Newcastle Liberal Democrats are demanding emergency VAT tax cut to put money back in the pockets of struggling families.

  • Cllr Robin Ashby
    Article: Mar 29, 2022

    Thousands of families in Newcastle may miss out on the Government's £150 council tax rebate to help with soaring energy bills, new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    115,277 properties across the area are in council tax bands A-D and so are eligible for the £150 rebate. But the government's financial watchdog estimates that around a third of these will not be paying their council tax bill by Direct Debit and therefore won't automatically benefit from the help.

  • Cllr Phil Hall Budget 22
    Article: Mar 3, 2022

    I have a great amount of respect for the leader of council, unlike some in his party, but to hear him complain about the state of devolution in the region, when he and 5 other Labour council leaders completely failed to agree a meaningful devolution deal 5 years ago is a bit galling. That is why we have been left behind, Councillor Phil Hall told Newcastle City Council last night .

  • Cllr Greg Stone 2022
    Article: Jan 30, 2022

    You may not be familiar with the North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC). It oversees public transport and infrastructure from Berwick to Barnard Castle, and administers capital and revenue budgets including that of Nexus, which funds Metro, many bus services, and the Shields Ferry, alongside arrangements for public transport in Northumberland and Durham. Its membership is limited to council leaders and deputy leaders (mainly Labour), without any opposition to challenge or ask questions.

  • Cllr Wendy Taylor NCC
    Article: Jan 13, 2022

    In a recent report to Council, Labour's Cabinet Minister acknowledged that the highways network is the most valuable asset of the City Council, that Newcastle currently has a maintenance backlog of £184 million (roads £75 million and footpaths £109 million) and that over 200 streets in Newcastle have more than 80% of the length needing treatment. That is simply unacceptable, Cllr Wendy Taylor from Newcastle Liberal Democrats told a Council meeting on 12th January. (She's pictured just before it started)

  • Robin Ashby, Council May 21
    Article: Jan 6, 2022

    Newcastle's Liberal Democrats are backing their party's proposals for a "Robin Hood" tax on energy giants to support families with heating bills - which could bring £20 million to well over 60,000 people in the city

    The Liberal Democrats are pressing the Secretary of State for Energy Kwasi Kwarteng to backs the party's call for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits being made by oil and gas firms, to help local families who are facing soaring energy costs.

  • Covid jabs - Newcastle cllrs
    Article: Dec 15, 2021

    The North East is one of the leading regions for booster jabs. Two Liberal Democrats Councillors who had theirs recently have urged others to follow suit to protect us all as Christmas approaches.

    Councillor Ali Avaei, who is a community pharmacist who runs a Covid vaccination clinic on Sundays at Adelaide Terrace in Benwell, administered one to his colleague Cllr Helen Laverick (Both pictured here). He said " We have enough supplies for appointments and walk-ins to take us through the New Year. So I urge all adults to get their jabs - including those who haven't yet had first or second ones. Our main line of defence against Covid and variants is a fully vaccinated and boosted population. The data shows that the vaccines are helpful against all variants - even if you catch covid, it's likely to be a lot less severe and less of a burden on the NHS if you've had all 3 shots."

  • Small Business Saturday 2021
    Article: Dec 4, 2021

    To mark Small Business Saturday, Liberal Democrats have been out on Gosforth High Street - and have been highlighting some of the many great local businesses in the City (seen here are councillors representing 3 of the 4 wards covering Gosforth.)

    Robin Ashby, who speaks for Newcastle LIberal Democrats on business matters, said "If we don't cherish our local businesses - be they in the centre of town, or in the district centres like Chillingham Road, Wansbeck Road or Brunton Park - they are at risk after the gruelling trading conditions of the pandemic, and the switch to online retailing. And once they've gone, they've gone.

  • Newcastle Civic Centre
    Article: Nov 13, 2021

    As more cuts and council tax hikes are set to whittle away residents' services for another year, the release of the Council's budget proposals have branded as "Groundhog Day" and "Labour's cuts, Labour's choices" by Opposition councillors in Newcastle ,

    Under more than a decade of Labour rule, the residents of Newcastle have watched their City struggle to deliver the services and support they expect. Opposition councillors remain concerned that the Labour administration remain focused on the impact of the Government's funding cuts, and neglect to look at how their efforts compare to neighbouring authorities.

  • Gosforth High St congestion
    Article: Aug 3, 2021

    Following the announcement of further changes to the temporary scheme on Gosforth High Street, local Liberal Democrats are calling for the council to finally engage in proper consultation with the local community on the permanent future of the high street.


    Liberal Democrats across Gosforth have repeatedly raised concerns around inaccurate and insufficient signage, confusing road layouts, lack of congestion mitigations and the absence of meaningful consultation with the local residents and businesses that rely on the High Street.