Rupert Read’s ‘The Time is Now: the Case for Green Rebellion’

By leeirving | 31st December 2018

A well-respected philosopher and Green campaigner will be visiting Newcastle in the New Year to deliver a hard-hitting talk on the future of humanity. He will argue that society has been in denial about how extreme the global climate crisis and large-scale species extinctions have become and how the issue has been generally disregarded by […]

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Trees are for Life, not just for Christmas

By leeirving | 22nd December 2018

The Green Party are calling on Newcastle City Council to show more ambition to protect and enhance trees in the city. Newcastle made unwanted headlines this summer when it was reported that more trees had been felled here than in any other UK city. In light of that, the Council’s current Tree Strategy has been […]

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Newcastle Rubbish at Recycling, Claim Green Party

By leeirving | 19th December 2018

Newcastle’s recycling rates are at the lower end of councils in the country and must be improved, the Newcastle Green Party told Newcastle City Council in their response entitled “Waste Not, Want Not” to the council’s public waste consultation which closed last week. Newcastle recycles only about 42% of household waste, and last year recycling […]

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Better access to green spaces

By leeirving | 15th December 2018

Newcastle City Council has been consulting on how to use the neighbourhood proportion of the Community Infrastructure Levy, which is paid by developers as part of the planning process for major developments.  15% of this levy (known as CIL) is earmarked for neighbourhood infrastructure, and will amount to about £200k over the next three years […]

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Invest in Newcastle’s future by divesting from fossil fuels, urges Green Party and environmental groups

By leeirving | 22nd November 2018

Newcastle Green Party is asking public bodies in the city to help combat climate change by ending investment in oil, coal and gas companies. Newcastle City Council’s staff pensions are provided by the Tyne & Wear Pension Fund, which also provides for other bodies including many local schools and colleges. The fund has fossil fuel […]

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Newcastle Green Party gives health crisis warning over city’s worsening air pollution

By leeirving | 18th October 2018

Air pollution in Newcastle continues to exceed legal limits despite Air Quality Management Areas being set up by the City Council over ten years ago. The Council’s latest report shows worsening levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in Percy Street, Pilgrim Street, City Road and other areas of the city. Levels on Gosforth High Street are […]

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Green Party calls for Newcastle to act urgently on climate change challenge in light of major IPCC report

By leeirving | 8th October 2018

Today’s ground-breaking IPCC report* on the impacts of 1.5°C of global warming clearly sets out the risks posed by increasing temperatures. The Green Party are calling on Newcastle City Council to step up its action to ensure that Newcastle does its part to avoid the dangerous and unpredictable effects of climate change. The report by […]

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‘Masterplan’ for larger Newcastle Airport would cause more harm than good, warns Green Party

By leeirving | 13th September 2018

The Newcastle Green Party has highlighted the serious threats posed to climate targets and to public health in response to Newcastle International Airport’s vision for future expansion. Consultation closed last week on Newcastle Airport’s ‘Masterplan 2035’, which sets out a vision for 75% growth in passenger numbers to 2035. In their response, the local Green […]

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Green Party Deputy to Hear Tyneside Tree Woes

By leeirving | 23rd July 2018

The Green Party’s Deputy Leader will be in the North East to witness how Newcastle became the ‘tree-felling capital of the UK.’ Amelia Womack will meet local Green Party members and members of Save Newcastle Wildlife on Monday evening, at the former Nuns Moor allotment site in the west end of Newcastle. A recent Sunday […]

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Time to make a big difference

By leeirving | 23rd March 2018

Andrew Gray is passionate about Heaton and loves this area. He has lived here since 2000 and works hard for residents all year round. He is delighted to be joined by local residents Chris Parker and Louise Wilson at this year’s elections in May. Chris and Louise are joining with Andrew in the three key […]

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Listening to residents

By leeirving | 20th March 2018

Thank you to all those who have spoken with us on the doorstep in recent months, about your priorities for action locally. Top of your list are: Tackling litter, reducing waste and improving recycling Looking after our green spaces and parks Raising standards in private rented housing. The last local election here was the South […]

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Time to reinstate the NHS

By leeirving | 15th March 2018

We need to end the internal market within the NHS, not tinker with it. Our NHS has had to operate as an ‘internal market’ under Labour and Tory governments for 25 years. Now, crippled by historic PFI deals and a funding crisis, it is at risk like never before. NHS England is proposing that local […]

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Caroline Lucas MP in Heaton

By leeirving | 15th March 2018

On Saturday 17 March Green Party MP Caroline Lucas is visiting Heaton to lead a discussion on plastic waste. She will talk about the scale of the damage to our wildlife, our oceans and to future generations. And we will discuss how much we could do locally, to solve the plastic waste crisis. “Calling time […]

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Newcastle Greens respond to the Council’s “business as usual ” budget

By leeirving | 28th January 2018

Newcastle Greens responded to the Council’s recent council budget consultation on 7th January, challenging the reliance on conventional economic growth to deliver services for the city. The Council’s economic strategy is based on conventional neo-liberal “growth” economics, tempered by the language of “inclusive growth.”  Our response argues that this does not take into account the […]

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Greens talk with residents about latest city budget proposals

By leeirving | 6th December 2017

One of our guiding principles is Think Globally, Act Locally and in our latest Heaton Greens newsletter the emphasis is on the local in our response to the council’s budget proposals for next year. Andrew Gray, long standing Green Party activist in Heaton and other Greens, will be out and about this weekend (9th and […]

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Housing for people not range-rovers

By leeirving | 28th June 2017

This image is of a recent luxury housing development in Jesmond. In it, Heaton Green activist Andrew Gray is pointing to a car whose numberplate reads ‘RANGE ROVER’. The image summarises what is wrong with our housing policy locally and nationally: executive homes taking up excess space and designed for the needs of car drivers […]

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Green Party candidates Alison Whalley and Peter Thomson mark launch of the Green Guarantee

By leeirving | 22nd May 2017

A Green Guarantee for a confident and caring Britain The Green Party launched its national manifesto this morning and here in Newcastle we want to tell you about it. The Green Party has big, bold ideas to create a confident and caring Britain that we can all be proud of. We aren’t afraid to hope for […]

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Newcastle Greens will launch our Election campaign with a focus on air quality

By leeirving | 8th May 2017

Stand up for what matters’ is the Green Party’s campaigning slogan in the coming General Election and to launch the campaign, candidates and supporters will attend a PRESS EVENT at 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday 9th May under the title: STAND UP FOR CLEAN AIR The event will be held on the footbridge between Ellison Place […]

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Sustainable Newcastle conference hailed a success

By leeirving | 7th May 2017

The conference  “A Sustainable Newcastle – what does this really mean?” took place on Saturday May 6th. We had a great turn out and a day of informative presentations, thoughtful ideas, a lively debate and a film about “Growth- busting”. Thank you very much to everyone who attended and helped make the day a great […]

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Green Party pledges to scrap tuition fees and bring back maintenance grants

By leeirving | 29th April 2017

A Newcastle Green Party candidate wholeheartedly supports three pledges for young people launched by the Green Party today at an event in Sheffield. Alistair Ford, who has been selected as the Green Party candidate for Newcastle East, is a member of staff at Newcastle University and has seen many changes in higher education in recent […]

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