About Gateshead and Gateshead Council
Gateshead is located on the southern bank of the river Tyne, opposite Newcastle upon Tyne to the north, and bordering County Durham to the south, Northumberland to the west and South Tyneside/Sunderland to the east. It stretches almost 13 miles along the south bank of the River Tyne and covers 55 square miles, making it the largest of the five Tyne and Wear authorities.
Gateshead is a borough of contrasts. It has a large urban hub centred around the main town centre area and has a number of smaller urban centres and busy employment areas such as Blaydon, Whickham, Felling and Birtley. However, over half of Gateshead is made up of Countryside with 20 nature reserves and country parks.
Around 200,000 people live in Gateshead, which also has a thriving student sector with 1,000 Northumbria University students living in bespoke accommodation in the heart of the City Centre. The borough is well known for its iconic structures, (The Angel of the North, Sage Gateshead, BALTIC, Gateshead Millennium Bridge) and its stunning Quayside, and has an international reputation for its cultural-led regeneration projects.
Gateshead is split into 22 areas called wards, each with three councillors. It is Labour controlled and run by a cabinet system which is headed by the Leader and made up of 10 members appointed by the council from the majority party. Cabinet members give political leadership and direction to the way services are delivered.
View how the council works for more information about how the council is structured.