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North Tyneside is a metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear in the North East of Englandmarker. Its seat is at the Town Hall, Wallsendmarker.

Created in 1974, the borough lies within the historic county boundaries of Northumberlandmarker.

Location

North Tyneside is bounded by Newcastle to the West, the river Tyne to the South and Northumberlandmarker to the North. The main towns are Wallsendmarker, North Shieldsmarker and Whitley Baymarker, which form a continuously built-up area contiguous with Newcastle. Other places in North Tyneside include:

History

The borough was formed on April 1, 1974 by the merger of the county borough of Tynemouthmarker, with the borough of Wallsendmarker, part of the borough of Whitley Baymarker, the urban district of Longbentonmarker and part of the urban district of Seaton Valleymarker.

Administration and elections

Unlike most English districts, its council is led by a directly-elected mayor, currently Linda Arkley

The council is elected "in thirds", with one councillor from each three-member ward elected each year for the first three years, the mayoral election being held on the fourth year. With three councillors elected from each of 20 wards, there are 60 councillors in total.

Past election results

2008 Results

A third of the councillors were elected as part of the English local elections of 2008.
Party No. of 2007 Councillors No. of 2008 Councillors % ±%
Labour 23 21 35 -3.3 from 2007
Conservative 28 31 52 +5 from 2007
Liberal Democrats 9 8 13 -1.6 from 2007


2007 Results

A third of the councillors were elected as part of the English local elections of 2007.
Party No. of 2006 Councillors No. of 2007 Councillors % ±%
Labour 23 23 38.3 0 from 2006
Conservative 28 28 46.6 0 from 2006Redirect
Liberal Democrats 8 9 15 +1.6 from 2006
Independent 1 0 0 - 1.6 from 2006


2006 Results

Party No. of 2004 Councillors No. of 2006 Councillors % ±%
Labour 26 23 38.3 -5 from 2004
Conservative 27 28 46.6 +1.6 from 2004
Liberal Democrats 7 8 13.3 +1.6 from 2004
Independent 0 1 1.6 +1.6 from 2004


2005 Mayoral Results

Party Name of Candidate Votes %
Labour John Lawrence Langford Harrison 40,460 42.52
Conservative Linda Arkley 39,458 41.47
Liberal Democrats Dr Joan Harvey 12,761 13.41
British National Front Robert Nigel Batten 2,470 2.6


2004 Results

Party No. of 2003 Councillors No. of 2004 Councillors % ±%
Labour 29 26 43.3 -4.8 from 2003
Conservative 21 27 45 +9.6 from 2003
Liberal Democrats 8 7 11.6 -1.6 from 2003
Independent 2 0 0 -3.3 from 2003


2003 Mayoral and Election Results

Party Name of Candidate Votes %
Conservative Linda Arkley 21,288 43.38
Labour Gordon Adam 16,427 33.47
Liberal Democrats Michael Huscroft 8,404 17.12
British National Front Robert Nigel Batten 2,554 5.20
Socialist Alliance Louise Van Der Hoeven 400 0.81


Party No. of 2002 Councillors No. of 2003 Councillors % ±%
Labour 34 29 48.3 -8.3 from 2003
Conservative 19 21 35 +3.3 from 2002
Liberal Democrats 7 8 13.3 +1.6 from 2002
Independent 0 2 3.2 +3.3 from 2002


2002 Results

Party No. of 2001 Councillors No. of 2002 Councillors % ±%
Labour 35 34 56.6 -1.6 from 2001
Conservative 17 19 31.6 +3.3 from 2001
Liberal Democrats 8 7 11.6 -1.6 from 2001


Economy

North Tyneside lies in the coalfield that covers the South-East of the historic county of Northumberland. It has traditionally been a centre of heavy industry along with the rest of Tyneside, with for example the Swan Huntermarker shipyard in Wallsend, and export of coal. Today most of the heavy industry has gone, leaving high unemployment in some areas (over the borough, 3.2% compared to 2.7% for the UK). The borough is the 69th most deprived in England, out of 354. However some parts function as wealthy dormitory suburbs of Newcastle, such as Whitley Bay and Tynemouth. Recent growth has come in the A19 corridor with new industrial estates and retail parks.

Transport

Two key roads serve North Tyneside:

  • The A19 which leaves the A1marker north of Newcastle and runs through the borough and then through the Tyne Tunnelmarker to South Tyneside, Teessidemarker and towards the South.
  • The Coast Road (A1058) runs from Newcastle to the coast. For most of its length it is grade-separated.


North Tyneside is served by 17 stations on the Tyne & Wear Metro on a loop from Newcastle through Wallsend, North Shields, Whitley Bay, Benton and back to Newcastle. There are no National Rail stations in the borough.

The Shields Ferrymarker links North Shields to South Shieldsmarker, in South Tyneside.

There is an international ferry terminal at Royal Quaysmarker in North Shields, with services to Norwaymarker, Swedenmarker and the Netherlandsmarker.

Places of interest



External links

Archives of North Tyneside (including boroughs of Tynemouthmarker, Wallsendmarker and Whitley Baymarker and Longbentonmarker Urban District are preserved and accessible at Tyne and Wear Archives Servicemarker [44213]
  • North Tyneside Online Information regarding the areas in North Tyneside. Sport, news, Events and So are found here.



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