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 2022, Robin was returned with 2085 votes, a majority of 1260 over Labour, after a 5-way contest.
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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)
Local Exercise During Lockdown - The Parklands Environmental & Historical Walk
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:
A commentary on the route written by Robin is available to download as well:
Hope you enjoy your walk!
About the Parklands Ward Focus Team
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 email@example.com
Pauline was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 2004
Cllr Robin Ashby firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 2014
Cllr Christine Morrissey email@example.com
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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Independent review of Children's Social Care is a valuable opportunity for reform say Newcastle Liberal Democrats.Article: May 24, 2022The long awaited review Independent Review of Children's Social Care (the McAlister Report) just published is impressive and offers an excellent opportunity to reset systemic failings in children's services. It sets out a clear plan to address the crisis in children's social care capacity to support looked after children and tackle persistently poor outcomes for children in care, says the Liberal Democrats Opposition spokesperson for children and families on Newcastle City Council Cllr Christine Morrissey.
Article: Apr 6, 2022
* The typical family in Newcastle is set to pay an extra £121 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost of living crunch hits.
* Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with £23 million tax hit.
* Newcastle Liberal Democrats are demanding emergency VAT tax cut to put money back in the pockets of struggling families.
Article: Mar 29, 2022
Thousands of families in Newcastle may miss out on the Government's £150 council tax rebate to help with soaring energy bills, new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
115,277 properties across the area are in council tax bands A-D and so are eligible for the £150 rebate. But the government's financial watchdog estimates that around a third of these will not be paying their council tax bill by Direct Debit and therefore won't automatically benefit from the help.
Blame the Russian leadership not the Russian soldiers - and remind them about war crimes and international treaties and conventionsArticle: Mar 3, 2022
Before starting to write this, (Cllr Robin Ashby said to Newcastle City Council last night) I thought about Mia and all the other children born in bunkers and who the Russian leadership is trying to kill. I wish them all long life in freedom and democracy.
I deliberately say the Russian leadership because it is very clear that many Russian soldiers don't know what they are doing, or why. Most Russian speaking Ukranians had nothing to do with this war of aggression, which smashes not just buildings and people but Russia's word as a guarantor of Ukraine's security. Even a member of the Duma was on Radio 4 today criticising his country's policies.
Newcastle City Council calls for rejection of Nationality and Borders Bill as Ukranian refugee numbers pass 1 millionArticle: Mar 3, 2022
Cllr Robin Ashby seconded a cross-party motion passed unanimously last night by Newcastle City Council.
He said : There are things that decent human beings need to stand together for, such as the unfolding Ukraine tragedy. That's why I'm grateful to Cllr Shatwell for inviting me to second this motion, which I gladly do on behalf of the Liberal Democrats Opposition.
Article: Feb 16, 2022
The Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of leaving pensioners in Newcastle with a "hole in their pocket" after breaking a manifesto promise to protect the state pension.
In the wake of inflation hitting a thirty year high of 5.5% in January, a typical pensioner in Newcastle is set to see their income fall by £171.60 this year in real terms. This is a total loss of income of £7 million between 40,000 pensioners in Newcastle due to the Conservative government's decision to break a key manifesto promise and scrap the triple lock on pensions, which was a key Liberal Democrats achievement in Government.
Article: Feb 7, 2022
The Liberal Democrats proposal for a "Robin Hood" tax on energy giants to support families with heating bills could bring £20 million to well over 60,000 people in the city, Cllr Robin Ashby has told Newcastle City Council.
The proposed levy could raise over £5 billion nationwide this year from the super-profits being made by oil, gas and petrol firms, to help local families who are facing soaring energy costs.
Article: Feb 2, 2022
One of the glories of the North Country is the Tyne river system - the North Tyne merging with the South Tyne, passing the northern boundary of the Roman world, under the iconic bridges down to the sea and the world.
But too it depends on its network of tributaries - and it's one, the Ouseburn, I want to focus on.
The Ouseburn - it already has the two parts of its name which are ancient terms for flowing water, it doesn't need the third, river - is only around 10 miles long. It rises near the airport and discharges into the tidal estuary, but passes through six wards of the city.
In 2011 at Salters Bridge and 2021 in Jesmond Dene it foamed with pollution. A paper published in the Young Scientist journal by a local experimenter found it to be polluted upstream too. Historically three main causes were to blame - agriculture, mining and landfill.
Now following work by Highways England while widening the A1 we can add that water runoff from roads carries a high pollutant load including silts and grits, litter and debris, organic and inorganic pollutants, phosphates, nitrates, salts, heavy metals, degraded tyre particles plus oils and other hydrocarbons.
The Highways Agency needs to be held to its duty to ensure that such discharges do not pollute the Ousburn and other waterways.
Although the mining has gone, there are still trace elements to be found. Farmers continue to use chemicals on fields which drain into it.
As the pressures of urban expansion continue to grow, we must avoid the fates of the Fleet, the Tyburn, the Effra which emerges alongside MI6, and many others in London which became open sewers and then closed sewers.
So our Ouseburn requires TLC. Not just keeping it clear of the pollutants I mentioned but also the detritus of local people - their rubbish, especially that carelessly discarded to the four winds - and the natural damage from storms which cause branches and leaves and banks to fall in and restrict flows.
This requires action not just from those agencies the motion mentions but the city council, volunteers and residents.
Only together can we sustain our heritage and a pleasant and safe environment to work and play in.
Bus and Metro cuts and price rises threats - Labour's failure to agree puts public transport across the region at risk. Joined up thinking in short supplyArticle: Jan 30, 2022
You may not be familiar with the North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC). It oversees public transport and infrastructure from Berwick to Barnard Castle, and administers capital and revenue budgets including that of Nexus, which funds Metro, many bus services, and the Shields Ferry, alongside arrangements for public transport in Northumberland and Durham. Its membership is limited to council leaders and deputy leaders (mainly Labour), without any opposition to challenge or ask questions.
Investing in Newcastle's road and pavements - the Liberal Democrats proposals to clear "unacceptable" backlogArticle: Jan 13, 2022
In a recent report to Council, Labour's Cabinet Minister acknowledged that the highways network is the most valuable asset of the City Council, that Newcastle currently has a maintenance backlog of £184 million (roads £75 million and footpaths £109 million) and that over 200 streets in Newcastle have more than 80% of the length needing treatment. That is simply unacceptable, Cllr Wendy Taylor from Newcastle Liberal Democrats told a Council meeting on 12th January. (She's pictured just before it started)