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Local Election 2021 – Results

By leeirving | 7th May 2021

Newcastle Green Party received 1400 more votes than in 2019, but unfortunately we did not make the breakthrough we needed to get a Green in the room this time. If the council election were proportional to the vote share we would have 7 councillors. Almost 1 in 10 of the electorate backed us. In West […]

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Wonderful Wetlands

By leeirving | 2nd February 2021

Wetlands are the lifeblood of our planet and they are the only ecosystem that has an international treaty devoted to them, the Ramsar Convention was signed in 1971 in the city of Ramsar, Iran. “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving […]

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RSPB’s The Big Garden Birdwatch 29th – 31st January

By leeirving | 27th January 2021

In Great Britain, gardens account for 30% of the space in our urban areas so they’re very important habitats for a variety of birds. The RSPB host the Big Garden Birdwatch each year, where people are asked to spend an hour counting the birds that they can see. You don’t even have to brave the […]

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Help defend Dewley Hill

By leeirving | 3rd December 2020

Against the backdrop of the Prime Minister announcing that petrol and diesel vehicles will be phased out by the end of the decade, there are communities in the North of England fighting against the planning permissions of new open-cast coal mines. The pandemic has made all of our lives more difficult and most of us […]

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West end play parks neglected

By leeirving | 12th November 2020

Broken play equipment at Elswick Park Two years ago, Newcastle City Council vowed to improve more than 160 parks and playgrounds over the following three years. Two years later, very little work has happened; especially in the west of Newcastle. After a number of West End residents got in touch about the lack of facilities […]

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Litter Pick 25th October

By leeirving | 26th October 2020

The showers and high winds didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for clearing our play areas yesterday. Thank you to all of our volunteers for collecting an impressive 12 sacks of rubbish! […]

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Litter-pick volunteering and hot spot reporting

By leeirving | 11th October 2020

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Build Back Better

By leeirving | 11th October 2020

For millions of us, “normal” meant poverty, insecure work, and rip off rent. For our planet, “normal” meant pollution, destruction and climate chaos. Why would we go back to normal, when we could have it so much better? We believe better is possible. #BetterIsPossible You don’t have to be a member of the Green Party […]

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World Mental Health Day – Saturday 10th October 2020

By leeirving | 9th October 2020

When we consider what it means to be healthy, many of us would immediately think of our physical health first, and our mental health second; that’s if we think of it at all. Yet good mental health is fundamental to good physical health. With the covid-19 pandemic and the changes it has brought to our […]

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Litter-pick 27th September 2020

By leeirving | 21st September 2020

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20 is plenty!

By leeirving | 11th August 2020

The Welsh parliament, Senedd Cymru, have recently backed plans to reduce the speed limit in residential areas to 20mph in Wales. Newcastle Green Party Campaigner, Tay Pitman, has started a government petition to ask that the same is implemented in England too. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/333020 89% of all pedestrian and 83% of all cyclist casualties happen on […]

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Greens condemn Newcastle’s giant incinerator plans

By leeirving | 29th July 2020

Green Party campaigners have branded the plans for a giant waste incinerator serving Teesside, County Durham and Newcastle1 a ‘failure of policy’. The waste incinerator, referred to as an ‘energy recovery facility’, would burn all the residual waste from the 7 councils involved, is planned on the basis of a growth in waste to a […]

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The Big Butterfly Count

By leeirving | 18th July 2020

The Big Butterfly Count is an annual event which runs from mid-July to the first week in August and it’s a vital tool for us to assess the health of our environment. Biodiversity loss is a massive problem which is happening all around the world. It’s an issue which affects us all; biological diversity links […]

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Giving the go-ahead for unsustainable development will harm city’s green ambitions

By leeirving | 30th June 2020

<img src=”https://newcastleupontyne.greenparty.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2020/06/great-park.jpg” alt=” &nbsp; © Copyright Graham Robson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. ” title=”great-park” width=”1024″ height=”768″>   © Copyright Graham Robson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Newcastle Green Party are concerned that a key planning document approved by Newcastle City Council last night will make it […]

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Tall and Sprawl

By leeirving | 23rd June 2020

There is now a real danger that land use planning in Newcastle is going to take a turn for the worse. Decision-making powers in the field have been handed over to a small clique of officers. (i) The chances are that the City Council is seeking to bulldoze through all sorts of unsustainable development via […]

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Plastic-free Beauty Day

By leeirving | 16th June 2020

There’s been much talk of the harmful effects of plastic on wildlife and our environment, thanks in no small part to Sir David Attenborough and his illumination of the problem on Blue Planet II, back in 2017. Many people have made significant changes to reduce their plastic use and retailers have followed suit to reduce […]

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Loneliness Awareness Week

By leeirving | 15th June 2020

Loneliness Awareness Week 2020 runs from 15 – 19th June and is run by the Marmalade Trust; a charity that raises awareness of loneliness and helps people to make new connections. Loneliness is a feeling of being disconnected from others, whether physically, emotionally or both. You may live alone and have little contact with the […]

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People power, not car fumes

By leeirving | 10th June 2020

Newcastle council has a number of schemes in the pipeline or under discussion regarding the reallocation of road space and changed traffic movements, especially in the city centre. One for Grey Street has been widely publicised but more changes are seemingly in store. The Green Party generally welcomes this change of direction in local transport […]

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Basic Income – Mental health effects

By leeirving | 18th May 2020

A two year basic income experiment that took place in Finland recently returned its results and mthey are in line with other schemes similar to basic income. The results highlighted the following positive effects: Higher generalised and institutional trust, as well as confidence in the future and increased self confidence Less stress and symptoms of […]

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Reclaim roadspace to help the NHS

By leeirving | 20th April 2020

The Green Party are calling on Newcastle City Council to make streets safer to help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis. Before this current crisis, campaigner Tay Pitman made the case to the council for extending 20mph speed limits close to schools, but she feels the council must now go further during the lockdown. Pitman […]

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