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
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
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.
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.
Labour members at Hartlepool Council have praised last night's result which saw the party take a 61 percent share of the majority seats.
Due to boundary changes, Labour actually lost eight seats. But still claimed 21 of the 33 positions.
Councillor Ged Hall, Leader of Hartlepool Labour group, said the result shows there is disillusionment with the coalition Government, but that the party also has some hard-working representatives who have won over voters.