Public Transport and the Economy

Last night I chaired the council’s Economic Prosperity sub-committee. This is part of the democratic function known as ‘scrutiny’ where elected members from various wards around the borough (of all parties) examine and challenge the policies, decisions and spending of the Mayor and her cabinet. You can find the reports for the meeting here. TheContinue reading “Public Transport and the Economy”

Improving the Parking Strategy

On Monday of this week I attended the council’s “Overview and Scrutiny” committee. For those unfamiliar with the internal workings of the council this is a cross-party group of 15 elected councillors. Our task is to look closely at the implementation and impact of the practical things the council is doing and the policy decisionsContinue reading “Improving the Parking Strategy”

Local Kids Show Pedal Power

Today I was proud to join children, parents and even some grandparents from around the area for the Kidical Mass bike ride. Kidical Mass rides highlight the need for safer routes on which children can walk, scoot and cycle. I counted 80 adults and kids gathered at the meet up point near Kiki’s Kabin beforeContinue reading “Local Kids Show Pedal Power”

What will ‘Active Travel’ mean for you?

A number of ‘Active Travel’ schemes will appear in our local area in the year ahead. But what is ‘Active Travel’ anyway – and how might it affect you? I often tell people that there are two halves to the role of a local councillor – case work and committee work. Some councillors focus onContinue reading “What will ‘Active Travel’ mean for you?”

Updating the Parking Strategy

This week I joined councillors from around North Tyneside in a series of discussions with Council officers about updating the borough’s parking strategy. Without doubt, parking is consistently one of the main issues arriving in my inbox. I’ve also found that parking issues can often be the most difficult to resolve. The problems needing attentionContinue reading “Updating the Parking Strategy”

Upgrading North Shields Town Centre

North Shields town centre has rapidly become a building site as the planned regeneration works shift up a gear. So what’s going on? I’ve been pressing for money to be spent on upgrading the town centre for years, long before I became a councillor. The first tranche of funding to develop the Masterplan was anContinue reading “Upgrading North Shields Town Centre”