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  • Malcolm Bond at Seaburn Metro station
    Article: Jan 14, 2022
    By Malcolm Bond

    Liberal Democrats in Sunderland are urging regional council and transport bosses to permanently scrap a plan to change the fare zone at Seaburn Metro station which could mean passengers there will see a bigger hike in fares than anywhere else in Tyne and Wear.

    Councillors on the North East Combined Authority's Transport Committee yesterday (14th January) approved plans to increase ticket prices on the Metro from April 2022.

  • Niall Hodson
    Article: Jan 11, 2022
    By Niall Hodson

    Liberal Democrats on Wearside have welcomed a decision by the Leader of Sunderland Council to join them in opposing a pay increase for councillors.

    The Leader of Sunderland Council Graeme Miller confirmed at a meeting of the Council's cabinet this week (11th January) that ruling Labour councillors would be joining the Lib Dems in opposing a planned 2% pay rise for all councillors.

  • Malcolm Bond at Seaburn Metro station
    Article: Jan 7, 2022
    By Malcolm Bond

    Liberal Democrats in Sunderland are launching a bid to stop plans by Nexus to change the zone boundary on the Tyne and Wear Metro which would see higher fares for people travelling from Seaburn station.

    Wearside Liberal Democrats are urging Nexus and Sunderland Council bosses to think again on a plan to re-draw the zone boundary on the Tyne and Wear Metro that would see passengers from Seaburn face higher ticket prices to travel into Newcastle.

  • Niall Hodson at the Durham Road subway next to University Metro station
    Article: Dec 21, 2021
    By Niall Hodson

    Liberal Democrat councillors on Wearside are calling on the Leader of the Council to join them in rejecting a recommendation for a pay rise for all 75 Sunderland city councillors.

    A report made public this week by Sunderland's 'Independent Remuneration Panel' - which makes suggestions for how much local councillors receive in allowances and expenses - has recommended an across the board pay rise for all 75 Sunderland councillors.Wearside Liberal Democrats have reacted with fury, arguing that any pay rise for councillors cannot be justified at the same time as Council bosses are proposing slashing services and hiking council tax in their forthcoming council Budget.

  • Paul Edgeworth with wheelie bins
    Article: Dec 9, 2021
    By Paul Edgeworth

    Opposition Liberal Democrats on Wearside are calling on Sunderland Council to remove the £25 charge for a replacement wheelie bin where it has been stolen or set on fire, after councillors secured a review of the fee imposed by the City Council.

    Sunderland Council's ruling Cabinet will now review the current policy where residents are charged £25 for a replacement bin no matter that the circumstances and make a decision on any changes to the current system in the new year.