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Leader's Introduction

Foreword by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Mick Henry

Despite the tough economic challenges we continue to face, 2014 – 15 has proved to be yet another very busy and productive year for Gateshead.  

We’ve seen the culmination of a number of initiatives that were some years in the planning – things like the completion of major investments in local town centres and brand new facilities at Campground Household Waste and Recycling Centre. 

Working in partnership with Northumbria University, we now have almost 1000 students living in Gateshead at Trinity Square, bringing a new vibrancy and diversity to the Borough. 

We continue to work hard with partners and other stakeholders to secure extra funding for the benefit of the Borough particularly to deliver more better quality and affordable homes.  Our joint venture partnership, Gateshead Regeneration Partnership, has started to deliver homes on the first three sites across the Borough, in Deckham, Birtley and Saltwell. We’re building 360 homes on these sites which will be amongst the best designed and most sustainable new homes built anywhere in the region. These schemes will also provide important employment, training and trade opportunities for our residents and businesses.

And we now have an improving picture in terms of children at age five achieving a good level of development at school.

I hope that when you read this Annual Report, you’ll recognise that Gateshead Council and its partners continue to strive to improve the Borough as a whole.  Looking forward, over the next five years, we’ve set out our commitment to work more with partners, local communities and individuals to make Gateshead a good place to live, work, invest and visit.  

You can find more information in the Council Plan.