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Pallion & Ford Focus Team

Serving Pallion, Ford Estate, High Barnes, St Gabriels, Hylton Lane Estate and parts of Pennywell.

Martin, George and Colin keep in touch with residents in Pallion and Ford 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.

Martin Haswell in Ford Estate

Councillor Martin Haswell

Email: cllr.martin.haswell@sunderland.gov.uk
Telephone : 07827 990 308
Address: 28 Felixstowe Road, Ford, Sunderland SR4 0BF

Martin lives in the ward in Ford Estate and is available all year round to talk about concerns, represent residents to the council and get things done.

George Smith

Councillor George Smith

Email: cllr.george.smith@sunderland.gov.uk
Telephone : 0191 5672082
Mobile: 07554 225 233
Address: 6 Pallion Park, Pallion, Sunderland SR4 6QE

Colin Nicholson

Councillor Colin Nicholson

Email: Cllr.Colin.Nicholson@sunderland.gov.uk

Telephone: 07435 753 912

Local news and campaigns

  • Colin Nicholson and George Smith at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery
    Article: Nov 24, 2021
    By George Smith

    Lib Dem councillors are celebrating victory after the city council finally agreed to prevent Bishopwearmouth cemetery being used as a through route between Chester and Hylton Roads.

    Pallion and Ford Estate's Lib Dem councillors Colin Nicholson and George Smith have been campaigning for years to block the road through the cemetery being used by drivers to cut through between Hylton and Chester Roads.

  • Colin Nicholson
    Article: Nov 1, 2021
    By Colin Nicholson

    The city of Sunderland is one of the worst hit areas in the country by the growing shortage of GPs, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The figures show there there has been a sharp fall in GPs per person in the city, with just one GP per 2,339 people in the Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group area in June 2021.

  • Councillor Martin Haswell at Highfield Academy, Ford Estate
    Article: May 18, 2021
    By Martin Haswell

    Ford Estate councillor Martin Haswell and local parents are demanding Sunderland Council introduces a lollipop crossing patrol at busy junction near Highfield Academy after traffic volumes surge because of Northern Spire bridge.

    Liberal Democrat councillor for Pallion and Ford Martin Haswell is calling on Sunderland Council to introduce lollipop crossing patrol outside Highfield Academy in Ford Estate.

  • Councillor Martin Haswell
    Article: Apr 16, 2021
    By Martin Haswell

    Inpatient beds at the new Sunderland Eye Infirmary will fall from 22 to just 8.

    NHS chiefs on Wearside have admitted that plans to relocate the city's Eye Infirmary from its current site on Queen Alexandra Road to a new building on the Vaux site in the city centre will see a big reduction in the number of inpatient beds.

  • Councillor Martin Haswell
    Article: Nov 5, 2020
    By Martin Haswell

    Lib Dem councillors in Sunderland are asking the Council to approve a plan to reduce stress for pets and their owners from fireworks.

    Liberal Democrat councillors Martin Haswell (Pallion and Ford Estate) and Heather Fagan (Doxford and Tunstall) are asking Sunderland Council to approve a plan to tackle nuisance noise from fireworks in future years.

  • Martin Haswell and George Smith at Gentoo offices
    Article: Oct 12, 2020
    By Martin Haswell

    Hundreds of residents across Ford Estate and Pennywell have signed a petition to save the Blackie Park which is under threat of development by Gentoo for new houses.

    Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners in Ford Estate and Pennywell in Sunderland have been running a campaign to save the local Blackie Park from the threat of housing development.

  • Councillor George Smith at a bus stop on Hylton Road ()
    Article: Jul 16, 2020
    By George Smith

    Councillor George Smith is demanding that bus company Go North East does a U-turn on its policy of refusing to give passengers change when they pay their bus fare in cash - or let older people use the buses for free before 9.30am.

    Bus company Go North East are facing calls to scrap their "exact fare only" policy which means if passengers pay with cash they don't receive any change.

  • Lib Dem councillor Martin Haswell with dumped rubbish in Pallion ()
    Article: Apr 27, 2020
    By Martin Haswell

    Liberal Democrat city councillors in Sunderland are asking for skips to be placed in fly-tipping hotspots to allow residents to dispose of bulky waste responsibly whilst the city's household waste and recycling centres remain shut.

    Opposition councillors on Wearside are calling on the City Council to introduce a 'community skip' scheme to stop fly-tipping reaching crisis point in back lanes across Sunderland.

  • Martin Haswell in Ford Estate
    Article: Mar 12, 2020
    By Martin Haswell

    Councillor Martin Haswell is calling for money announced in the Chancellor's Budget yesterday for the Tyne and Wear Metro to be used to open a new station on the network at Ford Estate.

    £95 million of investment for frequency and reliability of trains on the Metro was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget yesterday (11th March).

  • Martin Haswell in Ford Estate
    Article: Jan 30, 2020
    By Martin Haswell

    Liberal Democrats have hit out at a "new low" in Sunderland politics, after Labour and Conservative councillors changed a plan to axe free theatre tickets for city councillors so that tickets are taken away for children in care as well.

    Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors had called a vote on ending the giving of hundreds of free Empire Theatre tickets to city councillors.

  • Lib Dem councillor for Pallion Martin Haswell in front of the Northern Spire bridge
    Article: Dec 19, 2019
    By Martin Haswell

    A Pallion councillor who asked the City Council to remove a large amount of discarded tyres next to the Northern Spire bridge was told that they wouldn't be cleaned up as they didn't pose a risk - only for them to be set alight yesterday evening (18th December).

    Liberal Democrat councillor for Pallion Martin Haswell reported the dumped tyres to the City Council weeks ago, asking for them to be cleaned up.

  • Lib Dem councillor for Pallion and Ford Estate Martin Haswell
    Article: Dec 6, 2019
    By Martin Haswell

    Liberal Democrat councillors in Sunderland have uncovered figures which show that there has been a whopping 976% increase in urgent road repairs in the city.

    A Liberal Democrat councillor in Sunderland is calling on the city council to divert more funding to the road repair budget, after he uncovered figures which show a 976% increase in emergency road repair cases compared to 2017, with the council unable to say when it will clear a backlog of 300 urgent road repairs as a result.