Committed to improvement

As we move into 2015 I would like to give a reassurance that even though there are tough times ahead, the council is committed to improving, investing and creating more economic growth in North Tyneside.

Financially this is going to be another very difficult year due to cuts in funding; however despite these unprecedented cuts, I’m absolutely determined to deliver the things you’ve said matter most to you and make sure that every pound counts.

Spending will be focused on ensuring our children and young people are ready for school and for work, our people are protected, more jobs are created and our streets and open spaces are clean and safe.

We will also be pressing ahead with the promises we made to provide 3,000 new affordable homes in the next ten years and continue to deliver top quality new sheltered homes for 900 of our older residents.

The long-awaited multi-million pound regeneration of Whitley Bay’s Spanish City Dome and seafront is going ahead along with work at the former Swan Hunter site in Wallsend.

These are enormous projects but are essential if we are to transform these areas and bring more job opportunities, more investment and more visitors to North Tyneside.

As the elected mayor I always listen to what you have to say.

The current budget consultation is open until the end of the month and all the details are published on the council’s website

I will also be continuing to hold my popular ‘Listening Events’ at venues across the borough and look forward to meeting as many people as possible and hearing what you have to say.