Parklands Ward

Parklands Ward is in the north of Gosforth, to the north of the Metro line and either side of the Great North Road, to the east of the A1, up to the northern boundary of the city. Following boundary changes in May 2018, it includes Garden Village, which was part of the East Gosforth ward.

COVID Restrictions Information

From midnight Monday 4 January 2021 England entered a new national lockdown.

With restrictions changing frequently, we are publishing regular updates on local COVID restrictions via Parklands eFocus.

To receive Parklands eFocus regularly (more news, more quickly) in addition to the regular Parklands Focus through your door, which is produced and delivered without cost to taxpayers, email "subscribe" and your post code to robin.ashby@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

COVID Links

Newcastle City Council: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19

UK Government National Lockdown for England (from midnight Monday 4 January 2021): National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

UK Government National Lockdown for England - detailed guidance (downloadable leaflet): NationalLockdownGuidance.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)

UK Government National Lockdown for England - summary poster: COVID-19_England_Lockdown_Poster__Digital___1_.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Covid-19 Roadmap - The UK Government has outlined a roadmap out of the current national lockdown across England. The first stages are due to commence on 8 March and continue in stages until at least 21 June. A summary is presented below. Full details of the Roadmap are available at: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Covid Roadmap

Local Exercise During Lockdown - The Parklands Environmental & Historical Walk

Measured Mile

Looking for a local walk during lockdown?

Why not try this circular route around North Gosforth - starting & finishing at Three Mile Inn?

Details and route available by following the link:

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1428097?units=miles

A commentary on the route written by Robin is available to download as well:

Commentry

Hope you enjoy your walk!

About the Parklands Ward Focus Team

Team Parklands 2019 (Newcastle Liberal Democrats)Following on from their predecessors of some 45 years, your three Liberal Democrat councillors (seen here with former Lord Mayor David Down) work hard to represent you. Their promise is "service and action all year round" so please contact them with any queries or issues :

Cllr Pauline Allen pauline.allen@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Cllr Robin Ashby robin.ashby@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Cllr Christine Morrissey christine.morrissey@newcastle-libdems.org.uk

Currently, councillor surgeries are suspended due to COVID-19 regulations.

Normally, you can meet your councillors in person at their monthly surgeries at:

Northern Rugby Football Club (ground floor) - 1st Saturday of each month - 11.30am to 12noon

Gosforth High Street - 1st Saturday of each month - 10.00am to 12 noon

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  • Ed Davey and Ali Avaei
    Article: Apr 6, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are fighting for a fairer, greener and more caring country where everyone has a chance to get on in life. In a message to Cllr Nick Cott, who leads a 20-strong group of councillors in Newcastle, Ed Davey MP (pictured here with Nick last year in Newcastle) said:

    " I know that local people who vote for Liberal Democrats on May 6th in Newcastle upon Tyne will get strong local champions who will get things done in your important city.

  • Cllr Greg Stone 2021
    Article: Apr 6, 2021

    Opposition Liberal Democrats on Newcastle council are seeking further clarity from the North East Joint Transport Committee and transport bosses on their intentions for a new bus strategy for the region, after the Government's publication of a National Bus Strategy in March. Tyne and Wear has lacked an up to date bus strategy in recent years following the collapse of Nexus plans for a Quality Contract Scheme, and the JTC has not yet set out its full response to the Government's blueprint, having received only a brief update at its last meeting in March.

  • Cllr Anita Lower
    Article: Apr 6, 2021

    Opposition Liberal Democrats councillors in Newcastle are calling on the council to rethink its removal of litter bins from parks, and to draw up a "summer strategy" for the city's parks and green spaces to reduce repeats of the tidal wave of litter affecting many city parks last week.

    They believe the council would save money and improve the appearance of city beauty spots by reinstating some of the bins removed as part of council budget cuts in recent years, suggesting that the cost of emptying bins during warm weather weekends would potentially be less than the cost of large scale clean ups after heavy public use of the parks.

  • Ed Davey and Ali Avaei
    Article: Apr 2, 2021

    After the Government rammed through the Coronavirus Act extension despite unease amongst MPs of all parties, Liberal Democrats Leader Ed Davey MP said: "This vote hands Conservative Ministers a blank cheque to use draconian powers they don't need. I am proud that Liberal Democrats voted against it.

  • Climate Change. Part three of our ‘Plan for the Future’
    Article: Apr 2, 2021

    The UK is due to host the 26th United Nations climate change conference (COP26) in Glasgow from 1-12th November. But there are now reports of a delay to until Spring 2022. Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency, Wera Hobhouse MP commented: "Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government for immediate clarification over the potential delay to COP26. It is deeply unfair to leave developing nations in the lurch with so many conflicting reports about the future of the COP.

  • Cable works
    Article: Mar 29, 2021

    Newcastle City Council Permit Team has created a Residents Hub to provide some advice and support specifically targeted at residents across the city who are querying road works.

    https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/roads-pavements-and-streets/residents-hub

  • Article: Mar 28, 2021

    Over recent months, Cllr Pauline Allen and the Parklands Focus Team have been working with local residents to press the Council to replace trees on Hollywood Avenue in Gosforth Garden Village as well as other locations.

    Some replanting was agreed but cuts to budgets (the Council says due to Covid budget pressures) led to the planting during the winter being cancelled. Now the Council have returned, to cut down a small number of diseased trees, but failed to let local residents know about the work. We are concerned that these recent actions by Newcastle City Council without informing local residents shows little respect for the community and a willingness to work in partnership.

  • Ed Davey Supports Carers ()
    Article: Mar 22, 2021

    The Government has announced that it will remove parts of the Coronavirus Act that reduce people's rights to care.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: "Watering down the rights to care for elderly, disabled and vulnerable people was unlawful and unnecessary. Far too many families have seen the hardships of lockdown compounded by having the lifeline of care cut off completely.

  • Cllr Robin Ashby at Parliament
    Article: Mar 20, 2021


    New economic data from the Office for National Statistics show the Government borrowed £19.1bn last month, the highest figure on record for any February ever.

    The figures also show public finances worsened further in February as spending on Covid-19 support continued to grow while tax receipts fell.

  • Cllr Christine Morrissey
    Article: Mar 18, 2021


    It's reported that the the Government is to introduce a shift in eligibility dates which will mean that many children will not benefit from pupil premium funding. Newcastle Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Education, Cllr Christine Morrissey, said:

    "Once again, disadvantaged school pupils are set to lose out as the Tories prioritise penny pinching over proper support.

    "This was raised by the Liberal Democrats weeks ago and Daisy Cooper MP even wrote Gavin Williamson a letter to outline what a serious issue this was.

    "It is shocking and disappointing nothing has been done in the meantime.

    "By moving the goalposts on the entitlement criteria for the 'Pupil Premium', thousands of children whose parents have become unemployed between October and January will not get the crucial support they need.

    "Schools also stand to suffer because of this unnecessary move, forcing an additional financial burden onto them.

    "Liberal Democrats introduced the Pupil Premium because we know how vital it is to target support to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. And it's meant hundreds of thousands of pounds for schools in Newcastle.

    "The Conservative Government must urgently rethink this decision or they run the risk of more disadvantaged children falling behind."