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City councillor urges businesses to help put an end to period poverty

A Councillor who led the charge to ensure every Sunderland City Council-run building offers free sanitary products is calling on the city’s businesses to follow suit. Labour Councillor Kelly Chequer, who represents the Southwick Ward and is also deputy portfolio...

Labour welcomes planning inspector report…

Sunderland Labour councillors have welcomed the planning inspector’s report on its strategy to create thousands of new jobs and homes. Members have also backed the removal of three greenbelt sites from the city’s draft Core Strategy and Development Plan. The inspector...

Labour anger at CCG Primary Care Centre fake news…

Labour councillors moved quickly to quell concerns that Primary Care Centres at Houghton and Washington are to close. The CCG announced that the urgent care service is to end on July 31 at Houghton, but Labour has called on the organisation to make clear that...

Colliery site focus of £12m investment and major jobs boost

A derelict former colliery, vacant since the closure of the pits in the early 80s, is set for a multimillion-pound facelift, which could create up to 300 new jobs. Labour councillors are celebrating the sale of the former Houghton Colliery site, in Newbottle Street,...

Charity adds councillor to board

A Sunderland councillor has joined the board of one of the city’s most prominent charities, as the organisation gears up to deliver additional support to children and their families. Councillor Kelly Chequer, deputy portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at...

Funding ensures CIC can flex its muscles

A community interest company is fit for the future, after securing funding towards much-needed repair work. B Active N B Fit has been supported with funding from Hendon’s community chest, which will allow the enterprise to cover the costs of essential repairs to...

Campaign to tackle accident blackspot

SUNDERLAND councillors have set their sights on tackling a problem junction, after a spate of serious accidents. Labour councillors in Southwick have come together to launch a campaign, and are petitioning council officers to urgently upgrade the Thompson Road-Carley...

Council to tackle parking problem street

HOUGHTON councillors are celebrating, after a hard-fought battle to deal with parking problems on a busy city street. Sunderland Labour Group councillors Neil McKnight, Juliana Heron and Alex Scullion have successfully campaigned to make much-needed changes to...

Petition success for road safety campaigners

MEASURES to improve the safety of a Sunderland road, that residents fear is becoming an accident blackspot, will be considered after a petition led by a city councillor was signed by nearly 200 people. Redcar Road, outside English Martyrs RC Primary School, has become...

Councillors hail highway success

Councillors in Copt Hill are celebrating success this week, after winning an 18-month battle with a local housing developer over the state of a local road. For months, residents on Henry Street in Hetton Downs have been complaining about the state of the road on the...