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North East councils owed nearly £200k in dinner money

Councils in the North East are owed almost £200,000 in unpaid school dinner money.

A Freedom of Information request to all councils in the region, submitted by ITV Tyne Tees, revealed the figure.

Stockton Council alone is now owed more than £87,000 - with just one family in debt for £880.

Ann McCoy, from Stockton Council, said the money is being taken from elsewhere in the education budget.

But she added the council will not turn children away without a school dinner and the council was working with families to improve their budgeting.

Could do better? Panel investigates how Newcastle responded to the floods

Flooding at Newburn, in Newcastle, where a culvert collapsed Credit: ITV News

People affected by flooding in Newcastle are being asked to have their say on how the city coped. A panel's been set up to look at how organisations responded. The repair bill is around £9 million. The consultation hopes to find ways to improve how to tackle the problem in the future

Campaign launched to revamp former Lido in North Tyneside

A campaign has been launched to restore the outdoor pool in Tynemouth back to its former glory.

The Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool has been set up by campaigners hoping to save the derelict lido. Almost 10,000 people are now involved in a Facebook campaign to bring the pool back.

The campaigners are hoping to submit plans in January.

The Lido opened in May 1925 and quickly became one of the most popular venues on the North East coast.

Newcastle City Council issue advice

Several areas of the city are now flooded and many major roads are currently impassable. At the moment we have nine schools affected by flooding – some of these will be shut tomorrow please check the council website for details.

The council are also advising to avoid travelling please do so, but if you must drive carefully and allow extra time for journeys. They suggest staying in your place of work until the congestion situation improves. Twitter updates on @newcastlecc

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Development decision deferred

A decision over a 300 million pound development, which could create thousands of construction jobs, has been deferrred by councillors for further discussions to take place.

Developers want to build hundreds of homes at Allens West, the former Ministry of Defence land at Eaglescliffe. But people living nearby and those working there are objecting to the size of the project.

Development decision on former MOD site deferred

Councillors in Stockton have deferred making a decision on the future of a former Ministry of Defence site. Developers say 3,000 construction jobs would be created if they got the go-ahead to build the 845 homes at the Allens West site in Eaglescliffe.

People living nearby have objected over concerns about extra traffic and spaces in schools. Local businesses have also raised their issues.

This afternoon, Stockton Council's Planning Committee said it was 'minded to refuse the application' but members want further discussions with developers before making a final decision and have deferred the matter until they meet again at the end of the month.

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