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Welcome to the 42nd email newsletter of the Low Fell Lib Dem Focus Team! In this edition we report on:

  • Fighting Labour's Tax on Buses
  • Happy Birthday to the Millennium Bridge 
  • Action on Graffiti
  • Dealing with noise on Clement Street
  • Kells Lane Park Tree
  • Funding information for voluntary groups
  • Lib Dems promote period dignity
  • Can you help the Focus Team? 

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With best wishes,
Ron Beadle, Susan Craig, and Daniel Duggan
Low Fell Lib Dem Focus Team

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Fighting Labour's Tax on Buses

Fears have been raised that Labour-run Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils plans to target buses with a charge to enter Newcastle City Centre will lead to higher fares for bus passengers.

Although cars will not be charged, the Labour Leader of Gateshead Council has refused to rule out returning to this in the future saying "we may need to look again at private cars in the future".

The Chairman of the regional bus operators association, NEbus, has said it was “totally unrealistic” to expect bus companies to introduce entire fleets of low-emission vehicles by 2021 to avoid the tolls, and that the plans will “inevitably lead to higher costs, resulting in fare increases and the review of some marginal services”.

Low Fell Councillor Daniel Duggan said "We need to improve air quality, but these latest plans look likely to lead to higher fares for bus passengers. This is not only deeply regressive, but also sends out the wrong message. People should be encouraged to use buses, not penalised. The three Labour councils have had a long time to come up with sensible proposals, but clearly they need to go back to drawing board".

You can read more on this story on the Chronicle newspaper site here

Happy 18th to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge!
The 18th anniversary of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is on Tuesday 24 September.  The bridge tilt at 1200 will be the centrepiece of commemorations and people are being encouraged to share memories/stories and images of the Bridge on social media with the tag #greatgateshead
Action on Graffiti in Low Fell

Low Fell Councillor Daniel Duggan (pictured) has been getting graffiti removed in various parts of Low Fell, including on Beacon Lough Road (before and after photos below).

Daniel said "The graffiti on Beacon Lough Road was especially bad and I am glad these three boxes have now been repainted. I and my Focus Team colleagues, Susan and Ron, will continue to report graffiti to the Council and various companies, such as Virgin Media. Low Fell is a great place and it's important it is kept clean and tidy".

To report graffiti to the Council visit here

Noise on Clement Street
Following complaints from residents on Clement Street, the Council is monitoring low level persistent noise from the BT Office.  This has been disturbing people’s sleep since April. 

Cllr. Ron Beadle said: ‘BT have failed to respond to their neighbours so the Council May have to take formal enforcement action against them.  I am grateful to officers for the work they are doing to rectify this.’
Kells Lane Park Tree
The Council are trying to save the tree whose bark was removed by vandals during the summer. 

Following this incident and numerous complaints by residents about anti-social behaviour the Park is being added to the Park Watch scheme and a meeting is being arranged with the new Police and Community Support Officers who will be replacing our existing PCSO.  Residents in immediate vicinity will receive an invitation once the details have been confirmed.
Daniel near the vandalised tree in Kells Lane Park
Funding information for Voluntary Groups
If you are involved with a voluntary group that needs advice on how to access funding then October 14 is a date for your diary.  Newcastle Council for Voluntary Services is hosting a Funding Fair to offer advice and support. 

For details and to sign up visit here.
Gateshead Lib Dems promote period dignity
Gateshead Liberal Democrats recently proposed a motion at a meeting of the full Council recognising the fantastic work done by Red Box Gateshead, Gateshead Youth Council and volunteers to promote period dignity within schools and welcoming steps by central government to provide sanitary products in all schools in England from spring 2020.

We also called for Gateshead Council to take a lead as a local authority and provide sanitary products in all public civic buildings. Unfortunately, Labour Councillors refused to support this.

Low Fell Councillor Susan Craig said "Period poverty is a problem that needs addressing. I really hope Labour councillors rethink their position on this, realise they are wrong, and put this right. This is about dignity for women".
Can you help the Focus Team do more for Low Fell?
The Low Fell Focus Team works hard all year round and provide a regular newsletter, 'Focus on Low Fell', to all households in Low Fell. We rely on local residents to help deliver this. Would you be able to spare an hour or so every few months to deliver some newsletters near to where you live? If so, please get in touch by replying to this email.

Alternatively, if you would like to register as a supporter you can do so by visiting here. It is free, quick, and easy!
Gateshead Lib Dems - including Ron, Susan and Daniel - celebrating Lib Dem success in Gateshead. Would you like to help us do even more for our area?
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