Sunderland City Council

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Most Recent

Plastic collected in North East is sent overseas for recycling

Picture of rubbish
BBC

Plastic from the North East collected for recycling is being sent as far afield as Turkey, Vietnam and Indonesia, according to figures seen by the BBC.

Sunderland City Council says more than 150 tonnes of plastic, that's 30% of the total, was sent to Turkey in the first three months of this year.

Environmental campaigners are concerned about Turkey's handling of plastic waste, but the council says exporting plastic is a legal practice.

You can see more on this story on Sunday Politics in the North East and Cumbria on Sunday 13 October at 10:00 on BBC One.

Heritage plan gets under way

Work has started to repair and improve the Minster churchyard and the nearby Town Park in Sunderland.

There'll be new seats and paving in the park and improved lighting in the area with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the city council.

The council says it will make the area more attractive for businesses and visitors.

Sunderland Minster
Google

Sunderland shipping container plans approved

Local Democracy Reporting Service

James Harrison

Plans to create bars, restaurants and a crazy golf course out of shipping containers in Sunderland have been given the go-ahead.

Stack will be built on the site of the old Seaburn centre, on the seafront.

It will mirror a similar setup in the centre of Newcastle.

Although the plans have been approved, as the development is 5,000 sq m of town centre use, it will also be referred to the government for final approval

STACK
BBC

Council backs £16m hotel plan for Sunderland

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chris Binding

Plans for a £16m hotel development in Sunderland, which it is promised will bring 130 jobs to the city, have been approved by councillors.

The 120-room Holiday Inn is proposed for Keel Square.

City councillors backed the plans despite opposition from Sunderland Civic Society and some nearby businesses concerned about potential noise issues.

Artist's impression of new hotel
Sunderland City Council

Planning officers said the development would be covered by a construction management plan which would work to minimise disruption.

Development control sub-committee chairman Phil Tye said: “It’s important that we welcome a new development into the city centre but it’s also important that we respect our tenants, business owners and the business adjacent to the site.”

Sunderland Airshow set to take off

Thousands of people are expected to watch the start of the Sunderland International Airshow this evening.

The event, in its 31st year, is billed as the biggest free airshow in Europe.

Normally the Red Arrows top the bill but this year the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team will have the honour of performing a display on every day of the weekend-long event.

Along with excitement in the sky there will also be entertainment on the ground from muscians, DJs and even a bubbleologist.

Sunderland Airshow
PA

Plans to increase number of hotel rooms at Sunderland venue are rejected

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to boost the number of rooms at a seafront hotel in Sunderland have been knocked back due to concerns over parking.

The Grand Hotel, Seaburn
LDRS

Owners of the Grand Hotel in Seaburn lodged plans with the city council to convert a two-storey car park in order to make room for an extra 27 bedrooms.

If approved, the plans would have removed 24 parking spaces and increased the hotel's capacity to 110 bedrooms.

However, council officers called for the plans to be refused over highway safety fears.

And they claimed the plans would leave a “reduced and substandard” level of parking for the hotel with 59 spaces in total.