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The year in brief

Sculpture Day Couple
Sculpture Day celebrated its 30 anniversary in September 2015

April 2015

Following major restoration the Grade II listed Dunston Staiths reopened to the public

May 2015

Combined Local and Parliamentary Elections were held

June 2015

Gateshead Volunteer's Month - 207 volunteers registered with the council out of a total of 229 who submitted an expression of interest to volunteer during the month.

Luxury yacht company, West Nautical, opened its first UK office in the North East, taking up office space in Baltic Place on Gateshead Quays.

A row of historic stone arches that carry trains through Gateshead have been transformed. The development of Brandling Street Arches is a partnership between Network Rail, Gateshead Council and the Railway Heritage Trust.

NE First Credit Union opened a new shop in the Gateshead Interchange.

Gateshead Residents' Survey - one of the key findings was that volunteering was seen as a way to help improve local areas.

July 2015

English Schools' 85th Track and Field Championships took place at Gateshead International Stadium.

A new Gateshead Council Plan 2015 - 2020 was produced.

August 2015

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2015 was held. Contestants took part in a range of events including track and field, archery and five-a-side football at Gateshead International Stadium, swimming at Sunderland’s Aquatic Centre, golf at Close House, cycling at Leazes Park, Newcastle.

The new Solar Photovoltaic system for the Civic Centre is switched on and generating its first power. The programme will see £11m of PV panels installed on Council buildings, schools, and on buildings of our public sector partners, such as colleges and NHS Trust and on installing PV systems on up to 1,000 Council homes.

September 2015

National ‘first’ for Gateshead Council. A Gateshead mum has become one of the first people across the UK to set up her own business under a new scheme run by Gateshead Council.  Joanne Owens from Blaydon set up a floristry business, ‘Lily Roses’, earlier  this year under the New Enterprise  Allowance scheme, which the Council  operates in the North East on behalf of  the Government.

Gateshead Sculpture Day celebrated its 30th anniversary in September 2015.

October 2015

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge turned green and blue to raise awareness of the late effects of Polio and Post- Polio Syndrome (PPS).

November 2015

Public Health England and NHS England launched their Stay Well This Winter campaign to help the public prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses so they don’t require a visit to hospital.

Gateshead Council underwent an Ofsted inspection of local authority services for vulnerable children which rated its Children and Families service as ‘good’.

December 2015

The structural steelwork for the new District Energy Centre building in the Baltic Business Quarter, the first of its kind and scale in the North East is in place.  It will provide businesses, public buildings and some homes in Gateshead with low cost energy by generating heat and electricity locally and will start producing heat and power from April 2016.

February 2016

The Angel of the North reached the age of 18.

March 2015

Gateshead Council launched its new digital email update service called ‘Gateshead Now’.  This is a new cost effective way for Gateshead Council to keep in touch with its residents about the latest news, issues and services.

The 2016/17 Council Budget was approved.

Gateshead Civic Centre now has a Quiet Room which is autism friendly.