I am enormously proud of the many great achievements of this council, which have brought huge benefits to our residents and our businesses.
I’m sure you’ll agree that North Tyneside undoubtedly has a very bright future.
Our ambitious regeneration plans are taking shape in our town centres, roads, housing, industrial areas and schools.
Another milestone was reached this month when our 500th new home was built on the site of the old police station in Wallsend.
Recently, I handed over the keys to a new specially adapted bungalow in Bude Court, Battle Hill, to Michelle and Kevin Van Dam. Michelle, who needs a wheelchair, told me that moving into her new home was “like winning the lottery” as she is now able to get into the garden with their lovely little girl Chloe.
I’ve also been privileged to meet the wonderful Pearson family and share their happiness as four brothers, who all need wheelchairs, prepare to move into their bungalow in the development we have built in Longbenton for families who need specialist care facilities.
Finally, our young people never cease to amaze me. Sixteen-year-olds Kieran Archer, from Monkseaton High School, and Dillon Blevins, from Churchill Community College, have been elected young mayor and our member of the UK Youth Parliament. Congratulations to them, I know they’ll do an excellent job of representing our young people.