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New Cops for North Shields

Last week I had a catch up meeting with the Northumbria Police Inspector for North Shields. She had some good news… 3 new cops for North Shields! Our Police have my utmost respect for all the difficult work they do – seen and unseen. I’m sure most residents feel the same. You will also be…

Levelling Down

This week I attended Full Council, the formal meeting where council business is conducted and political priorities are debated. As always, I was pleased to speak up for the people of the area on a number of issues. The most feisty part of the evening was the debate around the issue of ‘Levelling Up’. Just…

Education focus: Early Years + Home Schooling

This week I had my first 2023 meeting at the Children, Education and Skills sub-committee. The two main agenda items were Early Years and Home Schooling, both fascinating topics. Here’s a summary… Early Years Ambition. It’s been proven time and again that, pound for pound, investment in a child’s early years tends to outperform other…

How to contact me in 2023

As a local councillor dealing directly with resident issues and enquiries is at the heart of what I do… Most people tend to contact me using my official council email address which is matt.wilson@northtyneside.gov.uk. However, some matters are a bit too complicated to convey by email, and some people don’t have access to email, so…

New Year, New Deal

I’d like to start by wishing a very Happy New Year to all my readers and residents. I hope you’ve had a great Christmas and that you have things to look forward to in 2023. One of the biggest things I’ll be doing during 2023, I hope, is to be voting through the massive new…

Merry Christmas one and all

Before I sign off for the next week I’d like to take a minute to wish all the canny folk of Shields a very very Merry Christmas. And a special thanks to those of you who won’t be getting much of a break because of the important work you do keeping things ticking over for…

Icy Weather Issues

As the cold ‘snap’ has dragged on into something longer the challenges for local people and for the council have increased. North Shields has been stuck in freezing conditions for over a week now, recognised by the triggering of cold weather payments to those eligible. We all face the challenge of keeping our homes warm,…

Christmas Markets Success

It was great to see so Northumberland Square and Howard Street full of hustle, bustle and merriment yesterday. The Christmas Markets are back in North Shields town centre this weekend and yesterday I went along with my wife to buy some Christmas gifts for family members. It was lovely to see the newly regenerated heritage…

Nobody Left Behind

On Tuesday night, just ahead of England’s big game with Wales, I chaired November’s meeting of the Economic Prosperity committee. The main agenda point was “Creating An Inclusive Economy”. I’d like to take a few minutes to explain what that phrase “Inclusive Economy” is all about, and why I’m determined to ensure that here in…


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