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  • Keeping you informed | www.northtyneside.gov.uk

    Dec 2009

    Studentshines a newlight on NorthTyneside

    All thefestive funaround theborough

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  • Christmas and NewYear -refuse collection and recycling

    There will be no collection of refuse and greyrecycling wheeled bins on the bank holidays:

    Friday, December 25Friday, January 1

    Revised collection dates are set out below.Residents are reminded wheeled bins should notbe put out for collection any earlier than theevening before your collection day.

    Normal day: Revised day:

    Monday, December 21 As normalTuesday, December 22 As normalWednesday, December 23 As normalThursday, December 24 As normalFriday, December 25 Sunday, December 27

    Monday, December 28 As normalTuesday, December 29 As normalWednesday, December 30 As normalThursday, January 31 As normalFriday, January 1 Saturday, January 2

    For more information, or if you need extra cleansingservices, phone Envirolink - 0845 2000 103

    National Fraud Initiative data matching exercise 2009/10Under section 6 of the Audit Commission Act 1998, the council is required to take part in theNational Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercise. Data will be provided by the council tothe Audit Commission for the NFI and will be used for cross-system and cross-authoritycomparison for the prevention and detection of fraud.

    The NFI takes place each year and during 2006/07 identified 140m of fraud and error acrossthe UK. Data included in data matching has been expanded by the Audit Commission and forthe 2009/10 exercise, the council is required to submit data to the commission relating to:

    Council Tax Register of electors

    Where data matches raise anomalies, these will be sent back to the council for furtherinvestigation. More information is available on the councils website:www.northtyneside.gov.uk/nfior the Audit Commission website: www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nfi

    By law, NorthTynesideCouncil has to protect thepublic funds it administers.

    It is required to shareinformation with otherbodies responsible forauditing or administeringpublic funds, in order toprevent and detect fraud.

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  • 3Mayors messageLinda Arkley talks about the prospects for theborough in 2010.

    Regeneration updateFind out whats happening with theWhitley Bayand Battle Hill schemes.

    Sport for allRead about a new initiative that will improvesporting opportunities for everyone.

    Ease EXTRA is now availableA new young peoples card that offers a host ofdiscounts is launched in NorthTyneside.

    First class treatmentSee how Northumbria Healthcare is providingthe best possible care for stroke patients.

    Whats on at ChristmasYour eight-page guide to all the festive fun takingplace across the borough.

    On the beatFind out about some of the policing initiativestaking place in NorthTyneside.

    Annual report 2008/09What the council spends your money on andhow its making a difference to the borough.

    Keep it localA page of classified adverts featuring smallbusinesses from around the borough.

    Inside this issue5

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    NorthTyneside Council wants to make it easierfor you to get hold of the information you mayneed about the services it provides.We are ableto provide our documents in alternative formatsincluding large print and community languages.Audio tapes are available at libraries.Please call 0191 643 5080.

    Please recycle this magazinewhen you have finished with it.

    Cover picture: ChristianWade, aged 13, has won a councilcompetition to design a new Christmas light for theborough.To see Christians winning design, see page 31.

    December 2009

    The next issue ofWidening Horizons will bedistributed from February 8.

    NorthTyneside Council produces Widening Horizonsfor the residents of the borough.

    The magazine is printed five times a year and distributed toevery home in the borough.

    Our aim is to keep you informed about what the counciland its partners are doing to improve life for people inNorthTyneside.

    If you would like to comment on any of the articles inWidening Horizons, please write or send an email to:

    Steve ForshawMarketing & Communications(3rd floor right)QuadrantThe Silverlink NorthCobalt Business ParkNorthTynesideNE27 0BY

    Email: steve.forshaw@northtyneside.gov.uk

    Having problems getting your copy of WideningHorizons? Ring (0191) 643 5080.

    NTC GRAPHICS 11/09 2647JWO

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  • Get active Get smart Get about

    Get EXTRAAvailable from leisure centres and selected libraries

    Call 0845 2000 101 or visitwww.northtyneside.gov.uk

  • messageMayors

    Dear residents,

    Welcome to the Decemberedition ofWidening Horizons.

    Since my election in June, I have beenworking hard on the promises I madeto you and on the issues that you toldme are important.

    One of my key election promises wasto stop the Mayors newsletter and touse that money to support our towncentres.

    We have done that and very soon youwill see a marketing campaign, towncentre leaflets and a series of eventsand initiatives that we believe will helpmake our town centres the vibrantplaces we all want them to be.

    We have also received good news inrelation to the local economy with theannouncement thatTesco Bank will becreating 1,000 jobs in the borough.

    Securing these jobs has been a teameffort involving the council, One NorthEast and theTyne andWearDevelopment Company and I amdelighted our partnership has beenable to secure an investor of such highcalibre.

    The regeneration ofWhitley Baycontinues both the Playhouse and

    Waves are now up and running andboth are proving to be a major success.The Playhouse has secured an excitingarray of performers, shows andcommunity events while the feedbackfrom users ofWaves has beenexcellent.

    At the same time, we are continuing toregenerate other areas of the borough.

    We have recently opened a new libraryand walk-in health centre in Battle Hill,with the support and involvement ofthe local community, and work on theNorth Bank of theTyne continuesapace.

    It is that time of year when we all startto think about Christmas reflectingon the past year and looking forwardto the NewYear.

    The last 18 months have been difficultfor many people.The economy hasbeen in recession, house prices havebeen unstable and access to mortgages

    and finance difficult. Individuals andbusinesses have had a hard time.

    I believe we can now start to look tothe future.

    NorthTyneside is well placed to takeadvantage of an upturn in the economy we have a programme of investmentsand regeneration, excellent educationalopportunities and an attractiveborough in which to live.

    In my view, the measures we have putin place to support local businesses,our town centres and individuals willadd to the upturn and ensure thatNorthTyneside remains an attractiveand prosperous borough.

    I would like to take this opportunity towish you all a very happy Christmasand a successful and prosperousNewYear.

    Linda Arkley

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    High standards:The new MonkseatonHigh School is a fine example of the

    boroughs excellent educational facilities.See article on pages 44 and 45.

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    In recent months, Battle Hill hasthrown off its old image andrelaunched itself as a vibrantcommunity.

    The new library and health centre haveopened their doors, delivering extraservices for local residents, while a newTesco Express will compliment the Lidlfood store, which began trading earlierin the year.

    And soon the parade of new shops willbe ready to welcome customers offering a mix of long-standingbusinesses, including Greggs, Mills, BattleHill Taxis and an NHS dental practice,and new firms such as Subway andClark Butchers.

    For people like hairdresser Jen Allan,who has worked on the estate formore than 20 years, the transformationis particularly welcome.

    Jen, who is co-owner of the CuttingCrew, said:There is no comparisonwith where we are moving to andwhere we have come from.

    The other site had rapidlydeteriorated and problems such asvandalism were getting worse.Wewere never going to attract peoplefrom outside the area but now thingsare different and thats down to thenew shopping centre.

    It is five years since the transformationof Battle Hill began and the demolitionof the hard-to let maisonettes providedswathes of development land.

    Haslam Homes has built 65 two andthree-bedroomed homes andapartments while Nomad E5 HousingGroup is providing affordable homesthrough its shared ownership scheme.

    The site of the existing shoppingcentre, which is due to be cleared oncethe shops are all vacated, will providefurther opportunities for housing.

    Feedback from residents has beenimportant in shaping theredevelopment, which when completewill have attracted around 25m inprivate and public sector investment tothe area.

    The new library features a full range ofservices, including 16 computersproviding access to the Internet, andareas for teenage and younger children.

    Local police officers will be using thebuilding as a rest facility and anopportunity to provide a visiblepresence in the community.

    Meanwhile, the GP-led health centre isalready proving its worth for localresidents.

    Hundreds have registered as newpatients at the centre, which includes awalk-in facility open 365 days of theyear and a range of services, includingx-ray, ultrasound and heart checks.

    For further information onregeneration issues, contact KateLovelock on (0191) 643 6426.

    Battle Hill

  • 7- a new era dawns

    Exciting new plans to deliverthe next phase of t