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Council must save up to £50m in next three years

"North Tyneside Council is committed to delivering our ambitious priorities for residents as set out in the Our North Tyneside Plan.

"To do that against some tough challenges the organisation needs to change.

"It is expected that the Council’s budget will reduce by £46 – £50m over the next three years.

"As part of this process we are required to issue an HR1 notice, which is a formal legal document which confirms the possible reduction in posts/ redundancies expected over a period of time.

"This is normal practice each time we approach restructuring of services across the Council.

"The HR1 notice, which has been issued, confirms that up to 350 posts may be lost between now and June 2016 given the financial challenges facing the Council.

"The Council has a good track record in minimising the number of compulsory redundancies. "In previous years we have managed to consistently keep redundancies under those noted in the HR1 Notice and the majority of redundancies have been voluntary.

"We will once again put our efforts into working with trade unions on any measures which will mitigate or reduce the number of compulsory redundancies necessary."

– Patrick Melia, North Tyneside Council chief executive


Northumbria Healthcare top for cancer patient experience

Patients’ experiences of receiving care for cancer in Northumberland and North Tyneside are among the best in the country.

Northumberland Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust came sixth in a league table measuring patient experience across England, according to results released today by Macmillan Cancer Support, based on research commissioned by NHS England.

It is the fourth successive year that Northumbria Healthcare has been named in the top 10 for the survey.

The league table compares the performance of hospitals across England based on measures of patients’ experiences while being treated in hospital.

Gill Starkey, lead cancer nurse at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that once again we have been named among the best in the country for cancer patient experience. We are passionate about ensuring every one of our patients receives the highest quality of care and a first-class experience and this latest accolade reflects the dedication of our hard-working teams."

The results come as Northumbria Healthcare opens its fifth specialist oncology unit in the trust at Alnwick Infirmary, meaning that patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside have more local access to chemotherapy treatment.

The trust’s other units are at Berwick Infirmary and Wansbeck, Hexham and North Tyneside general hospitals.

Man charged with attempted murder following stabbing

Police investigating an assault at Saint Andrews Court in Benton on 29th August have charged a man with attempted murder.

The stabbing took place at around 4:34am and a 21-year-old was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

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21-year-old Daniel Harrington, of Hollington Close, Longbenton, in North Tyneside, has been charged with attempted murder and is due to appear before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court later today.

Newcastle lads cycle 3000 miles across USA for charity

Jonny Connop and Martin Kay are cycling for for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy Credit:
The map of their route Credit:

Two friends from Newcastle are cycling 3,000 miles across the USA from LA to New York to raise funds for a sensory room at the primary school site in Forest Hall in North Tyneside, Newcastle Upon-Tyne.

Jonny Connop and Martin Kay have undertaken the 'Pedal for Percy' challenge, which involves cycling the 3000 miles coast to coast in America in 30 days from L.A. to New York. So far, they are on day 15, exactly half way through their journey.

The boys are on day 15 of their journey Credit:
The boys are on day 15 of their journey Credit:

They hope to raise enough money to buy equipment for a new sensory room which will be required for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy. The school is moving premises and some of the older equipment will not be able to be moved.

The cycling chums set off each morning at 8am USA time, 7 hours behind the UK. They hope to finish on the 4th October in Manhattan New York.

To support the boys you can go to their website:


Crash in North Tyneside after police pursuit

Police are appealing for witnesses following a two-vehicle crash in North Tyneside.

It happened at around 5.50am, on Tuesday, 9th September when a VW Polo was involved in a crash with a Citroen Xsara Picasso on the roundabout at New York Road, while being pursued by police.

The Polo had been reported for an earlier theft of petrol from Chirton Main Service Station, on Front Street, in Chirton, at around 5.20am.

Enquiries also revealed the same Polo vehicle had been stolen at around 10.40pm, on Monday, 8th September.

The driver had been approached by three men while stationery at the junction of Norham Road North and Westminster Avenue, who asked him to get out the vehicle and hand over the keys. The men then made off in the car.

The occupants of the Polo have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of robbery and a 21-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking. They are currently helping police with enquiries.

The Picasso driver was uninjured.

Investigations into the crash are ongoing and police are keen to speak to anyone with information.

Resident groups to tackle Whitley Bay trouble-makers

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn, is putting together dedicated task groups to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay.

It follows from an event attended by over 50 local residents, where people shared their growing concerns over nuisance behaviour in parts of the town, perceived to be fuelled by alcohol and drug use.

Suggestions from the meeting included additional use of CCTV, a review of letting procedures and creating a stronger partnership across residents and police to unite against trouble-makers.

As a Council we are committed to making sure Whitley Bay is a great place to live and work and it is sad that in some parts of our town that is not currently the case. To ensure long-term success we need to have the community working with us. To ensure that happens I would be delighted to establish a task and finish group to bring local people, community groups and businesses together around the table to discuss the issues and help us come up with agreed and joined up solutions that protect Whitley Bay’s law-abiding citizens.

– Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn

Metro footbridge in North Tyneside re-opens to public

A Metro footbridge in North Tyneside that was closed for six weeks for repair work has now re-opened to the public, just in time for the new school term.

The pedestrian footbridge linking Marmion Terrace and Norham Road in Monkseaton is well used by parents and children to access a number of local schools.

Raymond Johnstone is the Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, the company which owns and manages Metro. He said: “We knew the bridge was a key walking route for a number of schools in the Monkseaton area so it was vital that the work was done during the holidays.”

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