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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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Response to Council Climate Change Consultation

By leeirving | 10th February 2020

Newcastle Green Party have responded to the council’s public consultation on climate change with detailed recommendations for actions we can take as a city both immediately and in the coming years. We were disappointed the council’s consultation was based on an out of date technical report, but we’ve worked hard to provide a good response […]

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West Fenham Wombles – More #WomblesWanted

By leeirving | 5th February 2020

The Wombles are back and are joining forces with Keep Britain Tidy to launch this years Great British Spring Clean 2020. They are also launching a campaign very close to our hearts, encouraging people to adopt positive Womble-style behaviour, from recycling to reusing and refurbishing old items rather than sending them to landfill. Last year, […]

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What the Climate Change Committee wants for Christmas

By leeirving | 20th December 2019

The Climate Change Committee have written a letter to the Prime Minister and stated what they need the government to enact in order to get their net zero targets back on track. The key recommendations are as follows: Priority actions Alongside improved climate governance, the letter highlights five key priorities for Government on cutting UK […]

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GE Election 2019 – Results

By leeirving | 13th December 2019

Newcastle Central – Tay Pitman Votes: 1,365 Vote share %: 3.6 Vote share change: +2.0 Newcastle North – Alistair Ford Votes: 1,368 Vote share %: 2.9 Vote share change: +1.8 Newcastle East – Nick Hartley Votes: 2,195 Vote share %: 5.1 Vote share change: +3.2 […]

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Newcastle East Green Party on Citizen’s Income / Universal Basic Income

By leeirving | 10th December 2019

The Green Party have supported the idea of a basic income for a long time and its an idea whose time has come. A basic income would provide a solid floor that people can build from rather than a safety net with holes in so big that many fall through. Nick talks about how UBI […]

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Out and about with Nick

By leeirving | 10th December 2019

Nick has been out and about talking to people in the Newcastle East constituency. Your Help is Needed! Our crowdfunder has now finished ( thanks to all who donated their money to help us! ) however you can still support our campaigning setting up a regular donation via PayPal or Direct Debit here. If you […]

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Make and Mend Market

By leeirving | 9th December 2019

We held our Make and Mend Market in Denton Burn Community Centre on Saturday 30th November. It was a very fun and friendly day with supporters and stalls selling home-made gifts, and delicious jams and sauces from the local Scotswood community garden. We made beeswax wrapping, learnt about how to make compost with a wormery, […]

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Green campaigners at hustings

By leeirving | 7th December 2019

First of a double dose of Green at General Election hustings yesterday: Tay Pitman for Newcastle upon Tyne Central MP (pictured centre) spoke to Northumbria Students’ Union of the force that Green Party votes can exert on government to drive forward our vision for a #SafeClimate and a fairer society, with a focus on wellbeing […]

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Your candidates had a busy weekend

By leeirving | 2nd December 2019

All 3 of our candidates were busy at work, starting on Friday with Nick giving a speech at the Climate Strike. Alistair Ford and other Greens were also in attendance. On Saturday we had our Make & Mend – Alternative Christmas Market and both Nick and Alistair were at hustings. Your Help is Needed! You […]

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Fly-tipping – a symptom of our economic model

By leeirving | 26th November 2019

Nick was out for a nice run along the river when he came across a load of fly-tipped items. According to DEFRA ( Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs ) Newcastle suffered 9931 incidents of fly-tipping in 2018/19. It is reported that clean-up costs for the North East are around 1 to 2 million […]

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Only 2 more days to register to vote.

By leeirving | 24th November 2019

This election is probably one the most important in recent memory with two major issues at its core, the climate emergency and the B word, not to mention other issues such as austerity, social care, wages, NHS. How can you not want your voice heard? Registering to vote only takes about 5 minutes and you […]

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