Hendon & Grangetown Focus Team
Working hard and getting things done for Hendon, Grangetown, the East End and City Centre.
Councillor Ciaran Morrissey and the local Lib Dem Focus Team keep in touch with residents in with their regular 'FOCUS' community newsletter delivered across the area.
The team also runs campaigns to improve things around the area and across the city. If you have any issues in your area which you would like to talk about please get in touch with Ciaran:
Telephone: 07435 753 948
Local news and campaigns
Article: Aug 27, 2021By Ciaran Morrissey
Commenting on Sunderland Council's decision to axe charges for vermin control services for 12 months, Liberal Democrat councillor for the East End, Hendon and Grangetown Ciaran Morrissey said:
"Residents in the East End, Hendon and across the city have had to put up with a rat epidemic for years now in our parks, back lanes, gardens and even in people's homes.
Article: Aug 7, 2021By Ciaran Morrissey
Hendon councillor Ciaran Morrissey is demanding answers from the City Council as the Raich Carter swimming pool shows no signs of re-opening - despite pools being allowed to re-open since May.
The Raich Carter Centre in Hendon has re-opened its other facilities, but the swimming pool still remains closed.
Article: Jul 14, 2021By Ciaran Morrissey
Liberal Democrats on Wearside have welcomed a decision to axe freebie tickets for councillors as an extended lease and management agreement for the Empire Theatre is agreed by Civic Centre chiefs.
Sunderland City Council's cabinet will today (13th July) agree an extended lease and management agreement for the city's Empire Theatre with operator ATG.
Article: Jul 6, 2021By Ciaran Morrissey
Speaking after comments made to a Parliamentary committee this morning (6th July) by North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll that he is in discussions with government about extending the mayorality and devolution deal to include Sunderland, County Durham, Gateshead and South Tyneside, Liberal Democrat Sunderland City Councillor for Hendon and Grangetown Ciaran Morrissey said:
Article: May 9, 2021
Liberal Democrats are on the up in Sunderland! At this year's local elections, we took four seats from the Labour Party, increasing our representation on the Council.
There is now a team of 12 hardworking Liberal Democrats in Sunderland - standing up to the Labour Party and listening and getting things done for local residents.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Ciaran Morrissey - our new councillor for Hendon and Grangetown - said:"Labour has taken areas like Hendon, Grangetown and the east end for granted, the Lib Dems are the only party that will work hard, turning up outside election times and listening to residents."I expect this will be the first of many gains, one of many in Sunderland and I expect to see similar scenes in Sheffield, Hull and Liverpool."It just shows that while Labour might want to blame national figures, this was also happening under Jeremy Corbyn, it's happening again under Keir Starmer and this is a party on a downward spiral while the Liberal Democrats are up across the country."
Article: Jan 14, 2021By Ciaran Morrissey
Sunderland's Lib Dem councillors have reacted with fury as Government funding cuts has meant £100m for contactless ticketing systems - including for the Tyne and Wear Metro - has been axed by Department for Transport.
Money designed to install more London Underground-style pay-as-you-go card readers on platforms across the Tyne and Wear Metro network has been axed.
Article: Feb 27, 2020By Ciaran Morrissey
Opposition Liberal Democrats on Wearside have said people will wonder what Sunderland Council has to hide, after they refused to say how much taxpayers' money will be spent renting new Civic Centre offices on the Vaux site.
It was announced recently that Sunderland City Council will rent new office space in the planned City Hall building on the Vaux site from company Legal and General.
Article: Jan 20, 2020By Ciaran Morrissey
As the Government confirmed that it is considering plans to move one half of Parliament to York, Liberal Democrats in Sunderland have called for the House of Lords to be relocated to Wearside instead.
Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly MP confirmed over the weekend that the Government is considering moving the House of Lords from Westminster to a new building in York.