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  • Niall Hodson
    Article: Jul 8, 2020
    By Niall Hodson

    Local councillors in Sunderland have hit out at revelations that the Government are going to end free parking for NHS staff.

    During the coronavirus crisis, NHS staff have been able to park at Sunderland Royal Hospital and other hospitals across the region without having to pay.

    The charges were dropped so that nurses, cleaners and other hospital staff could get to work without extra charges or hassle.

  • Grindon and Thorney Close councillor Margaret Crosby
    Article: Jun 29, 2020
    By Margaret Crosby

    Local councillors are calling on the Government to commit to a Summer Learning Fund that would support nearly 10,000 disadvantaged children across Sunderland to get ready for returning to school.


    9,986 children across the city of Sunderland are eligible for free school meals and could now receive them during the six weeks holidays, following a recent Government u-turn.

  • Councillor Julia Potts in the Hospital parking zone in Millfield
    Article: Jun 25, 2020
    By Julia Potts

    Residents living in controlled parking zones across Sunderland are being reminded to apply for, renew and display parking permits as restrictions come back into force on 1st July.

    The permit zones stopped being enforced during the coronavirus lockdown, and applications for new permits were suspended.

  • Councillor Stephen O'Brien in the Hastings Hill subway
    Article: Jun 24, 2020
    By Stephen O'Brien

    An eyesore subway between Grindon, Hastings Hill and Pennywell has been vandalised in the middle of upgrade works, sparking fury from the local community.

    The Hastings Hill subway under the A183 (Chester Road) is being refurbished to provide a brighter, cleaner way to get between Grindon and Hastings Hill estates and the new ALDI supermarket on the former Dewhirst site at Pennywell.

  • Niall Hodson at the Durham Road subway next to University Metro station
    Article: Jun 23, 2020
    By Niall Hodson

    A key access route to University Metro station from Thornhill and Ashbrooke is due to re-open after a 6 month closure.

    The subway under Durham Road which links University Metro station and Sunderland University's City Campus with nearby Thornhill and Ashbrooke has been out of action since January 2020 after it was hit by a massive arson attack.