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CAST Transforming democracy in South Tyneside

Join our campaign for the replacement of the current Leader and Cabinet format of decision-making at South Tyneside Council in favour of a Committee model.

Let's create local citizens’ assemblies to deliberate on local issues and put forward proposals for consideration and approval.

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CAST Question Time ST

Our new initiative will see a Question Time style panel discussion brought to South Tyneside!

To be held in venues across the borough, we look to give everyone the opportunity to have their say and put their questions to those in the know.

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CAST FREE family festdays

Building on the success of our previous CAST STart Festivals, we bring you...the FREE family festdays!

With a rolling programme throughout the day of creative arts and crafts, live music, sports tasters, inflatables, free pocorn and slushies and so much more, we're putting the fun into the summer holidays!

With venues across the borough, there's something and somewhere for everyone!

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Divest Tyne & Wear

Divest Tyne & Wear is a campaign by local citizens to end investment in fossil fuels by local councils to fund pensions. We are requesting they:

  • Do not invest any more funds into fossil fuel companies
  • Cease fossil fuel investment totally by 2026
  • Increase investment in sustainable green jobs, to benefit local people and the planet

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Divest T&W Local Election Responses

Five of the local authority area members of Tyne & Wear Pension Fund held elections in May 2022. The pension fund invests more than Β£230 million in fossil fuels and has recently adopted a climate policy that means it is unlikely to end such investment until 2050.
All five councils - Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland - have declared a climate emergency and set targets to achieve either carbon neutral or net zero emissions by 2030.

We asked them about their approach to divestment - read their responses here

CAST COP26 public consultation report

To coincide with COP26, we held a public consultation to get your ideas and recommendations for the direction you want to see the council taking to fight climate change. On 30th March 2022, we submitted the CAST COP26 public consultation report to Jonathan Tew (Chief Executive Officer, South Tyneside Council) and his colleagues in the Regenerationand Environment Department.

You can read the fully-evidenced report here

COMING SOON: community-owned wind turbine project!

Energy poverty is a huge worry for all of us. But what if there was a way to be involved in a co-operative wind turbine project to bring benefits beyond simply energy production? The environmental positives aside, the promotion of community ownership and involvement can grow community cohesion and wealth, with members of the co-operative receiving an annual payment and the wider area benefiting from a β€˜community fund’ as the capital generated being invested into further local projects.

More about our new project available soon.