North Tyneside Council

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Coastal festival 'a resounding success'

The North of the Tyne Festival has been hailed as a resounding successs.

Now in its 15th year, the event over the weekend attracted thousands of people to Tynemouth.

It featured street performers, entertainment and music, including sell-out performances by Jack Savoretti, Rick Astley, The Proclaimers, and hometown favourite Sam Fender.

Performers at Mouth of the Tyne Festival
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Performers at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival
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Mouth of the Tyne Festival
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North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn said the event had "exceeded expectations".

She said:“More than 100,000 people attended the festival, which brings an estimated £1m boost for our local economy.

“I’ve really enjoyed going out and about to meet and talk to some of them and it was great to see how much people were clearly enjoying themselves."

Business leaders push back on 'catastrophic' clean air plans

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

It's been claimed plans to impose a toll on motorists in Newcastle City Centre would be "catastrophic" for the local economy.

The business improvement company, NE1, says a new clean air charge proposed for some Tyneside roads risks “major and long-lasting economic damage”.

Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside have been consulting on imposing either a Clean Air Zone in which the highest-polluting vehicles would be charged a daily fee of £12.50 or a £1.70 toll on the three central bridges across the Tyne.

Tyne Bridge, Newcastle
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Businesses welcome the environmental benefits but say the council needs time to make improvements to public transport before a toll on cars is imposed.

A spokesperson for the three councils said the proposals were "aimed at making our area cleaner, healthier and a more attractive place to live, work, visit and do business".

New homes could be coming to borough

Local Democracy Reporting Service

New homes could be coming to North Tyneside if a second bid to build bungalows is given the green light.

Previously plans to build six bungalows on a plot of land off Westcroft Road in Forest Hall were thrown out by the council’s planning department amid concerns about over development, flooding, drainage, overshadowing.

Now, the applicant has returned to North Tyneside Council with a scheme to build three bungalows on the plot.

If the plans go ahead, an existing property on the plot will be preserved but the sun room that adjoins it will be flattened.

In an application form agent Acanthus Darbyshire Architects said that by building less homes they addressed the problems that led to the previous plans being rejected.

They wrote: “To address these concerns we have reduced the number ofunits on the site in order to move the buildings away from the existing trees and hedgerows, this allows for larger gardens and means that the existing trees will not overshadow the properties to the extent of the previous scheme.

“A new flood risk assessment has been produced with the latest data from the Environment Agency, a drainage strategy has also been producedresponding to the concerns raised as part of the previous application.”

The council is expected to decide on the application by mid-July.

Plans to create £20m shipping container business park

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Herbert Soden

Plans to create a £20m shipping container business park in North Tyneside have been submitted to the council.

Crate Park at Cobalt is described as an“incubator business park”, and would be built on land adjacent to the existing Cobalt Business Park, with shipping containers used to create space for offices, events and food and drink.

The developer said: "Crate Park would be a provider of entrepreneurs, a business factory creating success stories for the region while bringing significant inward investment and job creation to the area."

North Tyneside Council’s planning committee is expected to decide on the application by 22 August.

CGI of how Crate Park could look in North Tyneside
Cratepark

Council battles employer 'misconceptions' about reservists

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Armed forces reservists will be guaranteed job interviews at a North East council in a bid to help put an end to employers' “misconceptions” about them needing extra time off for commitments such as training or parades.

Councillors in North Tyneside have decided to give a helping hand to reservists who struggle to find employment.

The local authority previously offered a guaranteed interview to ex-armed forces personnel providing they met the minimum requirements for the role, but that promise has now been extended to reservists too.

North Tyneside deputy mayor Bruce Pickard told colleagues reservists are often met with a number of “misconceptions” that act as barriers to employment.

He said many employers believe reservists will require extended leave to carry out training, will ask to leave work early for parade evenings and will struggle to attend work on Monday mornings after weekend deployments.

Coun Gary Bell, the council’s armed forces champion, hopes the council's change of recruitment policy will offer a "strong opportunity" for reservists to reach the interview stage when applying for employment with the authority.

Pollution charge survey analysis 'set for July publication'

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

As we told you a few minutes ago more than 19,000 people have responded to a council survey asking for views on a proposed clean air toll on Tyneside.

The government has ordered councils to cut dangerous emissions levels by 2021 and had set Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside a deadline of 12 July to make a decision and submit a final business case to ministers.

A website glitch stopped a consultation too early so Newcastle City Council gave residents and businesses on Tyneside an extra two days to submit opinions on the controversial plans.

CAZ consultations in Leeds and Birmingham attracted 8,744 and 10,392 comments respectively, while 18,126 people responded to the consultation on London’s recently introduced Ultra Low Emission Zone.

The councils say there will now be an independent analysis of the consultation responses, with the results expected to be published in July.

The Tyne Bridge and Quayside
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Newcastle pollution charge consultation extended

BBC Newcastle

A consultation on a proposed clean air zone for Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside has been extended.

Newcastle City Council says the extra time until midnight on Sunday is needed following problems with the website.

There are two options open to public consultation:

  • A Clear Air Zone (CAZ) in which cars and taxis that fail to meet minimum emissions standards would pay £12.50 a day to enter, with the most polluting buses and lorries paying £50 a day.

Or:

  • Tolls of up to £3.40 on the three major road bridges across the River Tyne, known as the Low Emission Zone (LEZ). Buses and HGVs which meet the council's emission standards will pay nothing- if they do not, they will be banned from the city centre.
Tyne Bridge
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