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Reports on some of the contributions of Liberal Democrat councillors to meetings of Newcastle City Council.

You can find agendas and papers HERE

and videos of the whole proceedings of Full Council HERE (about 2 weeks after the event)

  • Bus lane cameras Neville Street
    Article: Mar 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat Opposition on Newcastle City Council have challenged the council's Labour administration to produce an updated air quality management plan for the city and to set out a Clean Air Action Plan, following growing concern about air pollution levels in the city centre and on key arterial routes including the Coast Road, Great North Road, and West Road corridors.

  • School crossings
    Article: Mar 17, 2017

    Although the Labour Cabinet Member rejected the petition so many signed online and on paper, we have not let the matter rest. There's been a lot of chatter about what might happen, so we thought you'd like to see an extract from the letter that's gone out from Council officers to all Head Teachers, which is about as definitive as it gets at this stage.

  • Article: Mar 17, 2017

    Labour shot down the Liberal Democrats attempt to relieve their cuts to services by using reserves. Here's how the City Council has been hoarding cash.

    1 - Actual reserves at 31.3.13 were £55.8m and in the report to City council in March 14 were predicted to be £50.7m as at 31.3.14

    2. Actual at 31.3.14 was not the £50.7m predicted but £81.0m - over £30m more than predicted just a few weeks before! Prediction for 31.3.15 was £66.9m

  • Bus stop Newcastle
    Article: Mar 9, 2017
    The Liberal Democrats have been told that officers are currently working on a proposed new bus shelter contract but unfortunately at this moment in time are unable to provide an exact date of when the contract will go out to tender or be awarded - it is hoped that this will be some time during 2017.
  • Article: Mar 4, 2017

    We have an administration picking needless fights with its own loyal workforce, a cabinet that doesn't have a grip on the City's finances and so many missed opportunities to generate income that manifests itself in cuts to vital services.

    The City is disproportionately affected by the cuts it is having to impose in these three years compared to the rest of the country, Cllr Dominic Raymont told the budget meeting of Newcastle City Council. The lack of fairness in how the Tory government has hit areas such as Newcastle is of course a factor, and the Liberal Democrats have always supported Cllr Forbes in his dealings with the government on issues such as social care, shown by the unanimous motion at last council.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2017

    Newcastle has been let down by Labour. Their self satisfaction tonight won't be shared by many in our great city

  • Article: Mar 1, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats are keen to help where we can to promote Newcastle as a city that values its culture, heritage and sport. So we're interested in the new Great North City Fund and are happy to support activities that help boost the local economy and promote health and well-being. And we've been discussing what we consider to be possibilities for the £0.9 million fund, Cllr Pauline Allen has told Newcastle City Council

  • Article: Mar 1, 2017

    Many people oppose them. We'd defer Community Bins proposal for one year, with provision to be met from the £1m reserve set aside for testing approaches identified by the waste strategy.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2017

    We'd reverse £100,000 cut in grant for Newcastle Futures until alternative sources of funding are found as part of the wider review of funding to employment and skills organisations that is under way, met from the Financial Risk and Resilience Reserve.

    Anothe labour jumping of gun on their own review

  • Article: Mar 1, 2017

    They propose to defer Labour's cut of £184,000 so that all school crossing patrols to remain for 2017/18 to allow more time for alternative funding to be explored & put in place, paid for from the Life Chances Fund established as a reserve from the Airport Dividend.