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NEWS ROUNDUP: Ladgate by-election confirmed & the dangers of pollution in Tyneside


A date for the Ladgate by-election has been confirmed and serious concerns raised about pollution levels in Tyneside.

A date has been confirmed for the Ladgate ward by-election which was called after the death of Cllr June Goodchild. The vote will take place on Thursday, September 16, as long as more than one candidate decides to contest the seat.

It will be the first election in the Middlesbrough ward, which includes residential areas Easterside and Tollesby, since 2019 when longtime campaigner June and Cllr Craig Wright were both elected.

The pair stood as Labour candidates, however, June left the party to join the Middlesbrough Independent Group (MIG) last year.

Pollution in Tyneside
Pollution in Tyneside will continue killing people unless more cash is put into public transport, according to one of the North East’s top transport bosses.
Martin Gannon said we’re unnecessarily killing people because of the excessive use of cars, and that people must be helped to make the change by being given the appropriate tools to do so.
Martin Gannon is the leader of Gateshead Council and chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee. He was speaking as leaders in Northumberland predicted a jobs and investment boom off the back of a major rail project for the county.

But while Coun Gannon welcomed the potential economic growth and job creation, he also claimed the health benefits could be just as vital to the region.

Swing Bridge concerns
Port of Tyne bosses have been told that they have a responsibility to the North East to keep the historic Swing Bridge in working order, after it jammed.
Local politicians and heritage organisations have now called for new action to ensure the bridge can remain in a functioning state for years to come.

The state of the famous crossing has been put under the spotlight after hundreds of people gathered on the Newcastle Quayside on Saturday to see it swing open, only to be left disappointed when a fault caused it to jam shut.

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