Parklands Ward

Parklnads 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.

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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

You can also meet your councillors in person at their monthly surgeries at:

Sports @ Gosforth Academy - 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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  • School sign
    Article: Sep 12, 2019

    The 2010 Liberal Democrats national manifesto proposed the idea of the Pupil Premium, which was introduced when the Party entered Government. Head teachers decide how it is to be spent. They receive £1320 per eligible primary pupil, £935 per secondary, aimed at the most disadvantaged students. Our commitment is to ensure this funding is maintained in real terms and better yet increased. If you want to see the benefits of our policy, it's a piece of schools funding where there is clarity and accountability - you'll find up to date reports on most schools' websites about what they are doing with this extra money.

  • Article: Sep 10, 2019

    In 2015 the Labour executive at Newcastle City Council reduced the amount of public scrutiny and debate.

    In recent days there has been a mighty struggle going on between Parliament, on behalf of the people, and the executive, to stop debate being truncated by the Government.

    In Parliament this is rightly branded unacceptable, nay undemocratic, by all the Opposition parties.

  • 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.

  • Cllrs Ferguson and Hall 2019
    Article: Mar 7, 2019

    Here's what Cllr Colin Ferguson (pictured with Cllr Phil Hall, right, who chairs the Budget and Finance Scrutiny Committee) said in launching the Liberal Democrats' approach to Newcastle's 2019 budget which saw Labour hiking Council Tax by 3.95% and cutting services by £20 million, highlighting that the budget is based upon Labour's choices.

  • Twenty miles per hour maximum speed limit road-sign.
    Article: Feb 22, 2019

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/new-speed-limits-great-north-15869275

    The full response of Liberal Democrats councillor in Gosforth, Peter Lovatt, was : "Great North Road is already congested at times of rush hour. A reduction in speed limit is a positive step for road safety on Gt North Rd, however this scheme needs to be fully thought through with appropriate signage directing road users to alternative A routes, but not encouraging the use of B, C and D routes. Motorists are already taking the easy option to divert onto side roads, due to the congestion on Gt North Rd. We don't want to see a further increase in traffic on our side roads especially at a time when we are promoting safe routes to school and walking schemes. This scheme needs a full investigation to mitigate the shift in load onto our side streets and ensure the continued safety of our children and wider community."

  • Brunswick tip (Newcastle Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Jan 26, 2019

    Liberal Democrats Councillors in the north of Gosforth today showed their support for keeping open the Brunswick tip (Household waste and recycling centre)

    Pictured here are Parklands and Castle wards councillors Pauline Allen, Phil Lower, Anita Lower (Opposition Leader) David Down and Robin Ashby plus local campaigner Christine Morrissey.