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Protesters to march against Gateshead Council cuts

A march in Gateshead is taking place to protest against cuts to the council's budget this afternoon, February 7.

Organisers the Public Services Alliance are calling for protection of public sector jobs and better protection of threatened services including libraries, leisure centres, older people's services and mental health services.

Gateshead Council's leader Mick Henry is required to make £46m worth of savings over the next two years.

There will be speeches from Labour politicians, Dave Anderson MP for Blaydon, Stephen Hepburn MP for Jarrow and Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead.

This is the first march against cuts in Gateshead.

Work begins on controversial housing development

Work is starting on a controversial development in Gateshead, a decade after plans were first put forward.

Three and four-bedroomed homes will be built on land in Bensham and Saltwell. Hundreds of Tyneside flats were demolished to make way for the new properties.

The Saltwell and Bensham Residents Association had fought the plans, arguing that good homes were being knocked down.

But the leader of Gateshead Council said the new scheme offered more choice to families.

'Most people who want to move, perhaps from a Tyneside flat or a first home, they want to do it for good reason.

"I think the benefits offer more choice, a more interesting environment, more varied, and that's a good thing.

"It's a great area with lots of good facilities around. Now it's going to have an even wider choice of homes."

– Gateshead Council leader, Cllr Mick Henry


"Inspirational" Gateshead leader dies aged 67

The man who commissioned the Angel of the North and led the development of the BALTIC art gallery in Gateshead has died.

Sir Les Elton Credit: Image reproduced courtesy of Northern Film & Media

Sir Les Elton served as chief executive of Gateshead Council for 20 years and helped to transform the town, including helping with the development of the Metrocentre and later the Sage Gateshead.

He was awarded a knighthood for services to local government in 2004.

"When you get in the middle it is your time to shine"

Thousands of children from 72 schools performed at the Sage Gateshead in the annual Gateshead Schools Dance Festival.

The event is organised by Gateshead Council to encourage youngsters to express their creativity and get fit.

These children told us they enjoyed it a lot.

Regional school meals map released

Map to show where school meals are sourced in the North East Credit: Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council say its regional food map highlights high welfare standards as well as where ingredients for school meals are sourced.

The council serves lunch to 10,000 pupils every day.

It says its policy to use local suppliers whenever possible is boosting the regional economy.


Healthy school meals to boost regional economy

Gateshead Council say their policy of using local food suppliers wherever possible for school meals is providing a boost to the local economy.

The council spend £1.8 million on raw ingredients each year.

They have published a map to show parents and children where their school meals come from.

"Our policy of buying all of our ingredients from local suppliers not only means they are fresher and we know exactly where everything has come from, it ensures that local farmers and local businesses benefit from the money we spend. That’s got you be good news for the North’s economy."

– Councillor Angela Douglas, cabinet member for Children and Young People

Volunteers take over libraries in Gateshead to save them

Low Fell Library on Durham Road is one of five libraries being handed over to volunteers Credit: ITV

Volunteers are taking over control of five libraries in Gateshead from today to ensure they remain open for the future. A formal handover will take place at Low Fell Library. The other four are at Lobley Hill, Sunderland Road, Winlaton and Ryton.

Gateshead Council says the move is necessary because of government cuts to its budget and should prevent libraries closing.

Community farm saved from closure

A community farm in Gateshead has been saved from closure.

Bill Quay Farm in Pelaw was originally facing closure due to cuts in government funding.

However, councillors instead agreed to defer their decision on the farm's future to allow its management time to develop a business plan to keep the farm open.

Gateshead Council today announced that it was happy that a way has been found for the farm to be run without its financial support.

The responsibility for operating the Bill Quay Community Farm has now been transferred from the council to the Bill Quay Community Farm Association.

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