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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined Friends of Spanish Battery, a campaign group battling to save a seaside beauty spot from commercial development, at North Tyneside Council's offices where they handed over a petition of more than 3000 local residents.

Alan Campbell said "Tynemouth is an award winning seaside village and the reason for that success is because regeneration has been sensitive and has had the backing of most residents. It is clear that this proposed development is neither sensitive to the area nor does it have local backing.

"We all want to welcome visitors including cyclists to Tynemouth but it's not obvious that this site in particular marks the end of the cycle way nor is there anything proposed here that could not be provided nearby either in the village or as part of the Fish Quay regeneration.

"But above all this is green open space, part of Tynemouth's history, and much loved by visitors and residents alike. Just because it's possible to develop somewhere doesn't mean it's necessarily a good idea. Take away a quiet open space and you cannot easily put it back.''

 

MP backs residents over Spanish Battery plans

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined Friends of Spanish Battery, a campaign group battling to save a seaside beauty spot from commercial development, at North Tyneside Council's offices where they...

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Local MP Alan Campbell today joined North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon at a visit to the Cedarwood Centre in North Shields to see at first hand the work of the National Citizen Service.

The NCS are running a summer programme for 15 to 17 years olds which combines activities and challenges with a social action project that seeks to help young people make a difference in their local communities. 

Alan Campbell said “It was a pleasure to visit and see the young people in action.   Already this summer, 248 teenagers from Tynemouth have taken part in the programme and have certainly made their mark in their communities.  Well done to all involved!”

 

National Citizen Service Summer Programme

Local MP Alan Campbell today joined North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon at a visit to the Cedarwood Centre in North Shields to see at first hand the work of the...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn at a Q and A with Ray Lonsdale, the sculptor of the Fiddler Green Memorial at the Old Low Light in North Shields.

The North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project is a community based project dedicated to creating a fitting and lasting memorial to fishermen who left the port of North Shields and lost their lives just doing their job.  North Shields is one of the only ports left in the UK without a memorial.

Alan said "I want to thank all the volunteers who have been part of the project since the beginning.  They have worked tirelessly to make this a reality and it's great to see how far they have come in what is a short space of time.  I am looking forward to the official unveiling in September."

Fishermen's Heritage Project at the Old Low Light

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today joined Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn at a Q and A with Ray Lonsdale, the sculptor of the Fiddler Green Memorial at the Old Low Light...

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Tynemouth MP this morning joined staff and residents in Whitley Bay at a rally to protest against the government’s decision to close Whitley Bay Jobcentre.

The Whitley Bay closure has been rushed through following the announcement to close being made on 6th July, staff were told the following week that the jobcentre will close its doors for the final time on 18th August.

The decision has been attacked by local MP Alan Campbell who has called on the government to reconsider the decision to close it and the undue haste with which the closure is anticipated.  Alan Campbell said “In March of this year I warned the Minister about the shortcomings of this plan both for claimants, staff and the wider community.  Hundreds of people across the community signed a petition and the campaign was highlighted in the News Guardian.  Far from considering the arguments including taking a vital service out of the town we’re all working so hard to regenerate the government has ploughed on with its closure plan.  I strongly urge the government to reconsider this decision.”

 

Rally to save Whitley Bay Jobcentre

Tynemouth MP this morning joined staff and residents in Whitley Bay at a rally to protest against the government’s decision to close Whitley Bay Jobcentre. The Whitley Bay closure has...

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Alan Campbell MP today met with North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group to get an update on plans for urgent care in the borough.

Speaking after the meeting the local MP said "I believe it is important that a decision is made on the future of urgent care in the borough as soon as possible.  I'm urging the CCG to bring back 24 hour care to Rake Lane."

Meeting with the Clinical Commissioning Group

Alan Campbell MP today met with North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group to get an update on plans for urgent care in the borough. Speaking after the meeting the local MP...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today visited Swim Safe at Longsands to find out more about the lifesaving initiative.  Swim Safe teaches children aged 7–14 how to stay safe when swimming outdoors, which is often more challenging than swimming in a pool. The programme was created jointly by Swim England, the national governing body for swimming in England, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the charity that saves lives at sea.

This is the first time the programme has taken place at Longsands and it will also return to Sandhaven beach from 16 – 26 August.

The hour-long Swim Safe sessions are run by qualified swimming teachers and lifeguards, supported by a team of trained volunteers. The first 20 minutes covers land-based safety and then it is into the water for practical tuition. Wetsuits, swimming hats and tee-shirts along with and a free goody bag are all provided.  Children must be able to swim at least 25 metres to take part.

The Rt Hon Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth, said: ‘We are very lucky to have some excellent local beaches and of course the river Tyne.  The reality is however, that our coastal waters can also be dangerous, so it is very important that children learn how to keep safe when swimming outdoors.  Swim Safe sessions are a free and fun way for kids to learn how to enjoy the water but, importantly, stay safe.’

 

 

Swim Safe at Longsands

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell today visited Swim Safe at Longsands to find out more about the lifesaving initiative.  Swim Safe teaches children aged 7–14 how to stay safe when swimming...

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Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell and Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn this evening went along to the official launch of the new Land Train which will run from Whitley Bay to St Mary's Lighthouse.

Alan said "The Land Train is an exciting addition to the regeneration of the coast and I am sure will be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike!"

All aboard the Land Train!

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell and Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn this evening went along to the official launch of the new Land Train which will run from Whitley Bay to St...

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As Parliament breaks for the summer recess Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is looking forward to getting out and about across the constituency.

Alan produces a Community News regularly throughout the year – you can sign up here on the website to receive it straight to your inbox. 

Alan will also be holding regular surgeries throughout the summer and his office is open Monday to Friday.  If you need to contact Alan you can email campbellal@parliament.uk ring 0191 2571927 or visit 99 Howard Street, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1NA.

 

A busy summer in Tynemouth Constituency

As Parliament breaks for the summer recess Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is looking forward to getting out and about across the constituency. Alan produces a Community News regularly throughout the...

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Alan today attended a prize giving ceremony at Northumbria Youth Action (NYA) in North Shields to celebrate the success of learners who have achieved level 1, level 2 and level 3 qualifications during the past year.

NYA delivers Motor Vehicle, Hair & Beauty, and other training to young people aged 14 and upwards.

Alan said “I’d like to congratulate all those learners who have successfully passed their courses at NYA today.  NYA delivers accredited industry approved training to local youngsters and really is a great place to get the skills needed to start a good career.”

Northumbria Youth Action Annual Awards

Alan today attended a prize giving ceremony at Northumbria Youth Action (NYA) in North Shields to celebrate the success of learners who have achieved level 1, level 2 and level...

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Alan joined Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and Cullercoats Councillor and former pupil David McMeekan at the opening of the new Marden High School. 

Speaking after the opening Alan said “The new school is a fantastic facility and will ensure   local young people receive truly excellent education in fantastic, modern, fit for purpose buildings.  Well done to Norma Redfearn for helping to secure the funding for the new school.”

Opening of new Marden High School

Alan joined Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and Cullercoats Councillor and former pupil David McMeekan at the opening of the new Marden High School.  Speaking after the opening Alan said “The...

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