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.

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Other COVID Links

Newcastle City Council:

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

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

UK Government National Lockdown for England - summary poster: COVID-19_England_Lockdown_Poster__Digital___1_.pdf (

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

Cllr Robin Ashby

Cllr Christine Morrissey

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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  • Parakeets
    Article: Jan 10, 2021
  • National Lockdown logo
    Article: Jan 7, 2021

    In a show of apparent petulance, Labour's Council Group fought off two attempts by the Opposition to ensure a proper debate on the vital vaccine rollout scheme that is central to our country's return to normal life.

    Blaming "long questions" from Opposition members holding them to account, the Labour Group first refused to bring forward the motion on vaccines, before refusing to extend the meeting by a mere 30 minutes to ensure a debate could be had.

  • Covid Tier 4 poster
    Article: Dec 31, 2020

    'People have had mixed messages from the Government, and at times, the Council's political leadership, about the Coronavirus , which have raised expectations that things would get better more quickly. But restrictions during this festive period reveal the seriousness of the situation, and the Council needs to play its part now more than ever. We urge residents to stay safe and remember the basics of hands, face and space at all times,' says Cllr Nick Cott, Liberal Democrats Leader of the Opposition.

  • Dr Nick Cott
    Article: Dec 15, 2020
    'The impact of Brexit is the most major risk affecting our local and regional economy, " said Liberal Democrats Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Nick Cott, after the City cabinet meeting discusses the issue . "The Northeast has potentially the most to lose out of all regions, particularly from a no deal Brexit, which would hit our manufacturing sector and its supply chains hard. The position of our retail and services sectors, given the impact of the Coronavirus, means they are not currently in a position to step in to provide new jobs in the short-term, and we're therefore facing a potential crisis of unemployment.

    'It is imperative that the Council and its partners have a clear and unambiguous plan for mitigating the impact of Brexit on the city.

    'Whilst we recognise that Council Officers have been working hard to put plans in place, the Opposition has some concern that at this late hour Brexit does not appear to have the level of urgent political oversight that could be expected from the Labour administration of the Council. £500,000 was set aside in this year's budget for Brexit, but we have little idea what it has been spent on. Brexit appears to have very little prominence in the papers that were agreed for consultation on the budget. It appears in the Council's strategic risk register, but only under an amber heading, rather than as a red urgent indicator. The information presented to Cabinet is months out of date. Surely, Cabinet should be presented with the risks that are current, not those that were current a few months ago?

    'We are told that the Council can only take responsibility for risks which sit within the remit of the local authority, but this is inconsistent with the treatment of other risks recorded in the strategic register, where the Council reports on its work with partners and appears to exercise its leadership of place."
  • Cllr Phil Hall - bus stop
    Article: Dec 9, 2020

    Newcastle City Council's announcements regarding their intention to "retain" changes to GosforthHigh Street have shocked Liberal Democrats councillors in Gosforth. Despite attempting to engage constructively with the Council on matters of concern, local representatives received no forewarning of these announcements, and have not endorsed them being made permanent in their current form.

  • Tier 3
    Article: Nov 26, 2020

    "The Government decision that Newcastle and much of the North East will enter Tier 3 restrictions after lockdown ends on December 2nd is onerous but is not unexpected, " said Newcastle's Liberal Democrats Leader of the Opposition Cllr Nick Cott, "and it may have been unwise not to have done this before lockdown. Even though lockdown has slowed the spread of the virus, Newcastle has still seen 800 new cases over the last week. Regrettably, allowing large scale socialising and mingling in the pre-Christmas period will almost certainly see a further resurgence.

    "It is understandable people will want to see family at Christmas but we need to be rational and realistic about the risks to public health this may bring, and we should not be getting people's hopes up that the threat has gone away before the vaccine can be rolled out. People need to continue to be vigilant and responsible in ensuring they do all they can to limit the spread.

    "Clearly, Tier 3 poses renewed challenges to the city's hospitality sector and the Liberal Democrats Opposition wants to see the council take urgent steps to assist it in 2021. We remain concerned that the council's approach to investment in the city centre does not reflect the new reality. As well as a rethink on retail and office space, we think the council will need to review its policies on licensing premises and taxis. The council should look to turn adversity into an opportunity to refocus the city'seconomy and bring forward a more sustainable future - with the focus on green jobs, the digital economy and help for small businesses and creative industries.

    "There is also a pressing need to keep a close eye on the situation in our schools, given concerns on Covid-related absence and the need for equality of access to education, and on the financial crisis in the care sector, with growing demand. The Government's response in the Spending Review to a grave and growing crisis in the care sector is frankly inadequate and fails to secure a fairer deal for carers. Liberal Democrats will stand up for carers and lead the way to a more caring society by calling on the Government to support unpaid carers by immediately raising Carer's Allowance by £1,000 a year."

  • Rainbow
    Article: Mar 31, 2020

    http The FAQs on the Council website are kept up to date and include information on any disruption to Council services. In particular all waste is due to be collected as programmed, but please check the FAQs on a regular basis to keep informed of any changes.

  • Social distancing
    Article: Mar 25, 2020
    At the current time politics as usual is not appropriate. The utmost priority is the safety and welfare of all Newcastle's citizens and we will work with the council and partner organisations to safeguard this.
    Newcastle Liberal Democrat councillors are working from home to support the community and neighbour networks that have been established in many neighbourhoods in the wards we represent. We aim to ensure that older and vulnerable constituents receive any assistance they need at this time, whilst staying aware of the need to comply with the Government's instructions on staying at home and social distancing - like the gulls in the picture!
  • 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.