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Welcome to the 47th email newsletter of the Low Fell Lib Dem Focus Team! In this edition we report on:

  • Christmas comes to Low Fell!
  • Shop Local - Small Business Saturday takes place on 7th December
  • Winter gritting: Important information
  • New bus stop on Kells Lane
  • Trees in Kells Lane Park to be pruned
  • Outage as Labour Council spends almost £1 millon on gagging agreements 
  • 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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Christmas comes to Low Fell!

On 27th November, hundreds of local residents attended Low Fell's Christmas light 'switch on'.

The event, which is organised by the Low Fell Forum, is now in its ninth year.

Councillor Susan Craig, Chair of Low Fell Forum, said "We would like to thank the following for helping make the event such a success: Alfie Joey of Radio Newcastle for serving as Master of Ceremonies, Craghead Colliery Band, Bluebell Theatre Productions, the Caprian Theatre Company and the children from Oakfield School and St. Peter's RC Primary School for their wonderful singing.

Also a big thank you to the children who decorated baubles and the Low Fell Volunteer Gardening Group who decorated the area around the tree. A thank you to Rosa Twelve restaurant for the refreshments, Kip McGrath for the goodie bags and Sockett’s Newsagents for the sweets for the children. We must also thank Gateshead Council for their support and the Fells Angels WI and Low Fell Forum members for stewarding the event.

Finally, without the sponsors the event would have simply not been possible so a huge thank to the following excellent businesses for sponsoring the tree and lights:

•BCE Northern Ltd
•Belle Vue Estates
•Dean Taxis
•Eve Trew School of Dance
•Gateshead Arms
•Imperial Restaurant
•Kip McGrath
•Nisa store
•Spot On Window Cleaning Services

Low Fell's Councillors, and the whole Focus Team, would like to wish all residents a very Merry Christmas. 

Shop Local: Small Business Saturday takes place on 7th December! 

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages customers to 'shop local'. This year it takes place on 7th December.

Low Fell Councillor Ron Beadle said "It's so important that local people support our local shops and Small Business Saturday is a campaign we are fully behind".

There is also the chance to nominate Gateshead's best business. To nominate a business for the award visit here. The deadline to choose your favourite business is 13 December 2019 at 12noon. Winners will be announced on Monday 16 December.

The Focus Team are supporting Small Business Saturday!
Winter gritting: Important information
With the days and nights now getting colder, and snow and ice more likely, residents should contact Gateshead Council on 0191 433 7000 or at if their nearest salt bin needs topping up. 

Low Fell Councillor Daniel Duggan said "In 2016 the Council proposed to stop gritting much of Low Fell and, along with residents, we campaigned hard against this and ran a petition that many residents signed. Fortunately, the Council scrapped their plans. We are really pleased that they have listened to us and realised the need for gritting, especially in such a hilly place as Low Fell, and have now expanded their gritting fleet. You can read more about this here".   

For information what roads the Council grits, and how they prioritise, visit here.
Low Fell Councillor Daniel Duggan with a salt bin on Beacon Street
New bus stop on Kells Lane is built

Nexus have now installed a new bus stop outside Pimlico Court on Kells Lane.

Local Councillor Daniel Duggan said ‘'Residents contacted us about how far the nearest bus stop was from Pimlico Court. This was particularly difficult for people carrying heavy shopping back home. We contacted Nexus about this and they have now installed the bus stop. Hopefully, a new bus stop will help improve this situation for residents.'’

The new bus stop on Kells Lane
Tree pruning at Kells Lane Park
Following residents’ complaints, the trees overlooking Robinswood from Kells Lane Park are to be pruned. Residents have told us that some branches have been scratching their windows. Councillor Daniel Duggan said: '‘We met with Council officers at the park and we are pleased that the Council has responded to residents’ concerns about overhanging trees by promising to prune them'’
Kells Lane Park
Outrage as Labour-run Council spends huge sums on gagging agreements!
Labour-run Gateshead Council has blown almost £1 million of taxpayers' money on gagging agreements between 2014/15 and March 2019. The information, obtained by a Freedom of Information request, shows that Labour bosses have spent £987,530 on staff compromise agreements, or contract termination agreements, often dubbed gagging agreements, over the last five financial years. 

Low Fell Councillor Ron Beadle said "It's worrying that the Council has spent so much on gagging agreements. Labour bosses need to focus on making our public services better, not using these controversial agreements".
Labour bosses at Gateshead Civic Centre have been spending huge sums on the agreements
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.

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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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