BOROUGH COUNCIL TO FIGHT FOR NEWCASTLE

Newcastle Borough Council has voted to oppose the Boundary Commission proposals to merge part of the Newcastle Constituency with Stone and part (including this ward) merged with Tunstall and Kidsgrove.

The motion to oppose the Boundary Commission was proposed by Cllr Eddie Boden (Labour) and seconded by Cllr David Becket (Lib Dem). It received support from Lib Dem, Labour and UKIP councillors. Apart from one Tory who abstained the Tories voted to accept the Boundary Commission proposals.

The next step is to produce an alternative proposal that meets Boundary Commission criteria in respect of constituency size, and to take into account changes forced on other constituencies.

David has produced a draft proposal for the Lib Dems and Labour have produced an almost identical proposal (There is basically only one option).

Both our proposals resolve the other contentious issue, the suggestion that central Burslem should be divided across two constituencies.

We hope shortly to mount a campaign based on one proposal.

NEWCASTLE BOROUGH COUNCIL 2011 – 2012

The Borough Council will be led by the continued partnership between Liberal Democrats and Conservatives. The cabinet will contain 3 members from each party as in previous years.

After five years running the high profile and successful Environment and Recycling portfolio David decided it was time to withdraw from Cabinet.

On May 18th David was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor for the Borough of Newcastle Under Lyme for the year 2011 – 2012. David’s wife, Dr Anne Becket, will take the position of Deputy Mayoress.

NEWCASTLE BOROUGH COUNCIL UPDATE

The election has left Newcastle again with no overall control. Labour are now the largest party, but cannot from an administration that commands a majority on the Council.

Negotiations are in hand between the parties to determine the political structure for next year, and then the cabinet and committee places. The situation should be clear by May 18th, when we have the annual general meeting of the council.

NEWCASTLE IS NATIONAL RECYCLING CHAMPION

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is celebrating this afternoon after scooping a national award for its new recycling and waste service.

The borough council has beat off stiff competition from unitary councils and a waste disposal authority to win the “Waste Management Award” at the Government Business Awards.

The category highlights “outstanding” schemes that are cost-effective, provide a high level of service and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

The council’s service – which has increased recycling rates from 27 per cent to 50 per cent – was up against schemes run by Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, London Borough of Hillingdon, Peterborough City Council and Hull City Council.

In July 2009, plastic bottles and cardboard were added to the fortnightly recycling collection and a year later, weekly food waste collections were launched along with the extension of the fortnightly garden waste service to all homes with a garden.

Today’s announcement was made at Twickenham Stadium by BBC journalist and news presenter Bill Turnbull.

It comes on the same day as a report published by The TaxPayers’ Alliance which outlines the number of bins each council in the country collects and singles out the borough council for having nine containers.

Cllr. David Becket, Cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “I’m delighted and very proud that Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s service has won this national award, especially as we were the only district council in the category and have today been unfairly criticised by The TaxPayers’ Alliance.

“Our new system – supported by WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) – is designed to produce the best quality material for recycling and has already produced dramatic results, while delivering £500,000 of savings.

“I would like to dedicate this award to our residents who have clearly embraced recycling and also our members of staff and contractors Acumen Distribution, Lower Reule Bioenergy and Simpro for providing an excellent service.”

The service improvements were designed to meet Government targets for reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant at Lower Reule Farm in Stafford where it is turned into electricity to power local homes and heat to grow strawberries.

And garden waste such as twigs, grass and leaves is turned into high quality compost for use on local farms.

For more information about recycling, visit www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/recycling.

BOROUGH COUNCIL SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL RECYCLING AWARD

The recycling and waste service provided by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has been shortlisted for a national award.

The borough council is nominated for the “Waste Management Award” at the Government Business Awards 2011.

Researchers looked at more than 400 collection and disposal authorities across the country to find “outstanding” schemes that are cost effective, provide a high level of service and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Other councils shortlisted for the accolade are Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, London Borough of Hillingdon, Peterborough City Council and Hull City Council.

The winner will be announced on 17 February at Twickenham Rugby Stadium.

Cllr. David Becket, Cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “I’m delighted that we have been singled out nationally for best practice in waste management.

“Recycling in Newcastle has been revolutionised. We have an efficient scheme that separates materials at the kerbside which means all of it is turned into new products.

“But this recognition is not possible without the effort of residents, who have really embraced recycling.”

People can now recycle plastic bottles and cardboard as part of their fortnightly recycling collections.

Weekly food waste collections were later launched along with the extension of the garden waste service to all homes with a garden.

Food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant at Lower Reule Farm in Stafford where it is turned into electricity, heat to grow strawberries and fertiliser for farms.

The diversion of useful material from the general rubbish bin means that these containers are now emptied every two weeks.

Recycling rates have since increased from 27 per cent to over 50 per cent.

For more information about recycling, visit www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/recycling .

DRIVING NEWCASTLE FORWARD

The partnership between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives is continuing for a further year. Liberal Democrat Cabinet Members are in the driving seat for many of this councils improved services including:

           Street Cleaning and Recycling  

           Potfolio Holder Cllr David Becket

           New Cemetery, New Leisure Centre           

           Portfolio Holder Cllr Wenslie Naylon

           Improved Planning and Housing Services         

           Portfolio Holder and Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Dr Robin Studd

We have already improved efficiency and cut costs whilst enhancing services. We will continue to provide the most effective front line services possible in the current climate.