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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.

At the latest elections to Newcastle City Council in May 2021, Pauline Allen was returned with 1927 votes, a majority of 1079 over the Conservatives, after a 5-way contest

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 Democrats Focus Team 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

Pauline was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 2004

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

Robin was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 2014

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

Christine was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 2019

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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  • 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.

  • Cllr Anita Lower
    Article: Jul 3, 2021

    It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Anita Lower. She will be sorely missed by many in local government, in Newcastle and further afield, and by her constituents who she has served with great commitment over many years.

    Cllr Anita Lower was first elected to the Council in 1994, serving continuously as a councillor since then until her death. She was councillor for Blakelaw ward for 10 years and then councillor for Castle ward from 2004 to 2021. Anita held many important roles in the Council, including serving in the Council's cabinet during the years of the Liberal Democrats administration between 2004 and 2011. She also held the post of Leader of the Opposition between 2013 and 2020. Anita had been serving as chair of the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee, a role which won her great respect across the Council, for her ability to work constructively in ensuring that council decisions and decision-makers were open and held to account.

  • Cllr Robin Ashby at Parliament
    Article: May 11, 2021

    Following the announcement of the Government's plans for new laws today, Cllr Robin Ashby, who speaks on City Council for the Newcastle Liberal Democrats on regeneration and business issuesd. said : "We must rebuild as a fairer, greener and more caring country in the aftermath of Covid. So it is crushingly disappointing that the Government's plans will fail on every account - still failing small businesses and the self-employed,and still not rising properly to the climate challenge."

  • Beyond Covid - Parklands
    Article: May 4, 2021

    Many thanks to all the residents who have responded to the Parklands Focus Team survey on the priorities for rebuilding after the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We reported back on the "headlines" in Focus at the beginning of April, but thought you may be interested in the full results.

    In the survey, we asked for your views in four areas:

  • MD Mominul Hamid
    Article: Apr 29, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats have accused Conservative MPs of "placing anti-immigration ideology ahead of tackling the scourge of modern slavery", after the Tories voted for new legislation that will weaken safeguards for victims and lead to more of them being held in immigration detention centres.

    The Immigration (Guidance on Detention of Vulnerable Persons) Regulations were passed by 358 votes to 270, with all Liberal Democrat MPs voting against.

  • Electric car on charge
    Article: Apr 21, 2021

    Liberal Democrats are calling for a new local and national government strategy to achieve net zero carbon emissions in the UK

    In a debate in the House of Lords this afternoon, Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Teverson will call on the Government to set a proper roadmap for local authorities as well as the government in Westminster to meet targets, and demand the creation of a new Minister for the Climate Emergency to oversee targets being met.

    There has been no government department explicitly dedicated to tackling the climate emergency since Theresa May scrapped the Department for Energy and Climate Change in 2016.

    Lord Teverson, who led a debate in the House of Lords Grand Committee, argued that the Government needs more bravery when it comes to climate change, particularly in light of the Tories latest announcement this week that they will cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. He said:

    "It is absolutely essential that Westminster works with our local councils to tackle climate change. Local authorities are best placed to know how to cut emission in their area. If they don't then this commitment is nothing more than the Tories announcing they can run before learning how to walk.

    "Liberal Democrats have a proud record on promoting a greener country, with dozens of council groups declaring climate emergencies and promising to slash emissions.

    "We need a Minister for the Climate Emergency to sit in cabinet and oversee a real working roadmap that brings government and councils together. If this does not happen, I fear their recent announcement would end up being nothing more than a predictable disaster."

  • Cllr Robin Ashby
    Article: Apr 20, 2021

    According to the latest unemployment statistics, 80% of those losing their jobs in the year to March are under 35. Cllr Robin Ashby, who speaks for Newcastle Liberal Democrats on employment issues, said he was appalled and called for action.

    "People all across the UK - especially young people - are worried about their future. Millions still rely on job support and thousands are still out of work. We can't leave any of them behind as we get out of lockdown", he said.

  • Susan Kramer
    Article: Apr 15, 2021


    The House of Lords has passed a Liberal Democrats amendment that would allow individuals trapped in unaffordable mortgages, known as 'mortgage prisoners', to access mortgages with much fairer rates.

    Mortgage prisoners had their mortgages nationalised after the financial crash (like Northern Rock) and then sold on by the Treasury to vulture funds or inactive lenders, and therefore have been stuck paying what MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis has called "obscene interest rates".

    The amendment, tabled by Liberal Democrats Peer John Sharkey, would require the introduction of a cap on the rates charged to mortgage prisoners and, under specified circumstances, ensure their access to fixed rate interest deals.

    Treasury spokesperson in the Lords for the Liberal Democrats, Susan Kramer said:

    "So many stories from mortgage prisoners have been shared with me over the past few weeks, many of them quite frankly heartbreaking.

  • 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.