If you reside in Butt Lane, Talke and Talke Pits, you will be able to recycle your (real) Christmas tree this year. Butt Lane and Talke Locality Action Partnership is teaming up with Newcastle Borough Council’s Environment team to offer this service free of charge. The dedicated Christmas tree collection will take place on Saturday 7th January, between 8am – 10am on Freeport Shopping Centre car park. The staff at the shopping centre will be coning off an area of the car park immediately to the right of the main entrance.
The garden waste collections don’t operate during winter and many residents struggle to dispose of their Christmas trees. Please be aware that only real trees will be accepted and not artificial trees. The council will not be able to accept any other type of waste during the collection.
Kyle says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to dispose of their Christmas tree, free of charge in their local area. As chairman of the Butt Lane and Talke Locality Action partnership I am pleased we have been able to find the funds for this one off initiative that will help people to recycle their tree just after the Christmas period. I urge local residents to do their best to take advantage of this scheme. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.”
Councillors have launched a new Locality Action Partnership campaign to tackle dog fouling in the Butt Lane and Clough Hall area. Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard and your Councillors are taking tough action.
Town Councillor Sylvia Dymond said: “I am a dog owner and I always pick up after my pets. The problem of dog fouling has increased dramatically in recent years, but it is now time for some action. I am throwing all my support behind this local campaign, ‘Don’t be mucky, clean it up ducky’. We have posters and stickers available to deter people from allowing their pets to foul outside your home or on the pavements in the area. Please contact us for more information.”
Kyle said: “Since becoming Chair of Public Protection I have pushed for more enforcement on those that refuse to pick up after their dogs. It is a crime and I urge the public to report the culprits to Newcastle Borough Council on 01782 717717. We have a hard line approach on this matter at the Council and we regularly prosecute offenders. Some fines have reached up to £1000. It is important to recognise that the majority of dog owners are sensible and do the right thing.”
Labour Councillors are campaigning to save local bus services following huge cut backs to services by First. The removal of services to key locations has left residents isolated in their homes with no access to other forms of public transport.
Councillor David Allport and Mike Stubbs have met with the regional director of First Bus and hope to have a date for a public meeting soon.
David Allport said: “It’s appalling that first bus has removed these services without speaking to local people first. We will not sit back and allow First Bus to put profit before people. If there are problems with the service now, imagine what it will be like in winter for the elderly and disabled. How are local children going to get to school?”
Mike Stubbs also commented: “The Tory led Coalition Government has done all it can to cut transport subsidies up and down the UK. The Government wants more people to go out and work, but then removes the main option for the people of Talke and Talke Pits to get to the workplace. Cutting the bus service is a senseless thing to do.”