Newcastle under Lyme Council

There has been a boundary change in Newcastle-under-Lyme and there are 16 fewer seats than before.


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Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 20 Total councillors 20 Change-3

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 18 Total councillors 18 Change+3

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 3 Change+3

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 3 ChangeNo results

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-3
Councillors change compared with 2016

Most Recent

Taxi changes scrapped by council after protests

Jodie Looker

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

Plans to revamp taxi licensing by a council have been watered down after pressure from drivers over the cost.

Sign for taxi
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Among the changes wanted by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council were for all new taxis to be electric, to help reduce emissions, and only allowing vehicles under four years old to be registered for use as taxis.

But firms said the changes could increase costs for customers and lead to a mass exodus of operators looking for "friendlier" boroughs.

This week, the council agreed to abandon the requirement that all new vehicles must be electric and will allow them to be up to seven years old.

It also scrapped a proposed penalty points system for driver indiscretions.

Taxi drivers 'could leave borough' over new policy

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Burn

Taxi drivers will be forced out of a town if a new licensing policy's introduced, according to local companies.

Taxi sign
BBC

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council's drawing up the fresh policy which includes new rules for vehicle testing and a cut in the age limit for vehicles.

But firms have said the changes could increase costs for customers and lead to a mass exodus of operators looking for 'friendlier' boroughs.

The council's said it's listened to feedback from the taxis and made changes but believes its first priority is keeping passengers safe.

The authority's licensing committee meets this evening to agree any further alterations to the proposed policy.

Lack of official traveller sites blamed on 'nimbys'

Jennie Aitken

Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

A council's admitted it could take years to set up an official transit site for travellers.

The traveller group in Clayton
BBC

It comes as one group of travellers who were evicted from Wolstanton Marsh, Newcastle-under-Lyme, yesterday have moved to a nearby patch of open land in Clayton.

The council and Staffordshire Police said they were working on getting another court order to move them on.

But, overall, the borough council has said it's faced local opposition over any plan to find an official site for them.

We have the 'nimby' problem, not in my back yard. I identified a site near to where the existing, permanent travellers site is up at Keele but up in arms and it was far away from people but no. Not in my back yard."

Councillor Trevor JohnsonNewcastle-under-Lyme cabinet member for environment

College to get 'wands' to fight knife crime

Hazel Morgan

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

A new security policy is being introduced at a college in Staffordshire in an attempt to prevent knife crime on campus.

Newcastle-under-Lyme College
Google

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council says £1,000 has been given to the town''s college to spend on metal-detecting "knife wands" which will be used for random checks from September.

It comes as 708 knife crimes were recorded last year in Staffordshire by police - up 6% on the year before.

Students and staff at the college have told BBC Radio Stoke it'll make them feel safer knowing searches are taking place.

Hundreds oppose chip shop demolition

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Burn

Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for a local fish and chip shop to be saved from being bulldozed.

Dave's Fish Bar on Viggars Place
Google

Dave's Fish Bar has been based in Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, for more than 70 years but its lease is due to expire on Viggars Place.

Landowners Aspire Housing had submitted plans to knock it down and replace it with housing.

However, one of the workers started a petition against the proposals and 1,800 signed it before it was submitted to the borough council.

Now, Aspire says it's willing to speak to the owner about the chip shop's future as it respects the views of local residents.

Taxi drivers 'won't hold more protests' over licence plans

Sophie Calvert

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Taxi drivers who brought a town centre to a standstill this week won't hold any more strikes, a council says.

Taxi drivers protesting in Newcastle-under-Lyme
BBC

Both private hire and black cab drivers came together yesterday afternoon and slowly headed past Newcastle-under-Lyme’s bus station and the borough council’s base at Castle House, Staffordshire.

They were protesting at proposed changes to taxi licensing which they say could lead to increased costs for them, which would be passed on to passengers.

However, today the borough council says it will take into account all their responses to the consultation, adding that, following "positive discussions", the taxi trade won't carry out any more protests.

'Mass protest' planned by taxi drivers over council plans

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Burn

Taxi drivers are planning a protest outside a council's offices in a row over licensing.

Drivers in Newcastle-under-Lyme say they've not been listened to by the borough council, whose new policy asks them to switch to electric cars and also prevents cars over a certain age being licensed.

Taxis in a rank in Newcastle-under-Lyme
Google

Taxi operators say the first condition is too expensive and the other one isn't acceptable.

The government's told both Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to draw up improvement plans by October, to cut dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide

Drivers in Newcastle-under-Lyme say they'll hold a mass protest outside the council's officers after 14 March, the end date for a consultation on the changes, if they're not listened to.

The authority says it's consulting on the changes and welcome any views drivers have over the proposals.

Parking-at-work charges considered over air pollution

Phil Bowers

Journalist, BBC Radio Stoke

People who work in Newcastle-under-Lyme could face a charge to park at their workplace as part of plans to tackle air pollution in the borough.

Car exhaust
PA

The council's been told by the government it has to come up with a plan to improve air quality by October this year.

The authority's cabinet will later this month consider a series of potential options including one which involves charging people to park at their workplace.

The council said it hoped such a move would encourage people to use public transport instead.

Others options include changing traffic flow by adapting traffic lights, with the authority saying it doesn't want to introduce a Clean Air Charging Zone and is exploring alternatives.

Clean air charge plans opposed by councillors

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Burn

Plans which could see drivers in part of Staffordshire being charged for using high polluting vehicles are being opposed by councillors.

Traffic queuing on A53 in Basford
Google

The government's told both Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to draw up improvement plans by October, to cut dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide.

Hotspots include the A53 at Basford Bank, Hanley, Cobridge and Burslem and a chargeable clean air zone's being pushed by ministers as the default option.

But Newcastle under Lyme councillors don't like the idea of daily charges ranging from £8 to £100 and are going to ask their local MP to raise their concerns with the government.

They argue that such a charge could hit town centre businesses and the taxi trade.

Thousands pay for new green waste collection scheme

Sophie Calvert

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Almost a quarter of households in Newcastle-under-Lyme have signed up to a new garden bin collection scheme which charges them £36 a year.

Green waste being collected
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

The borough council introduced the price for the service for the first time this year as part of its budget.

It introduced it after Staffordshire County Council said it was withdrawing the money paid to local authorities for garden waste.

The new Newcastle-under-Lyme scheme runs fortnightly through the year without a winter break and the borough council says 10,000 residents have signed up.