McDonalds Clean Up In Wallsend

McDonalds Volunteers Working On The Farm In Wallsend                    (click pic for larger view)


Local McDonald’s franchisee, Bill Liddy, who owns six restaurants in the North Tyneside area, has joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy to work on the Rising Sun Farm in Wallsend. 

The non-profit farm next to the Rising Sun Country Park produces fresh food and provides a valuable recreational area for the local community.

Bill’s daughter, Emma Vieira, who runs the restaurant on the nearby Silverlink Retail Park in Wallsend, assumed the role of McDonald’s ‘Planet Champion’ and organised a community day with the help of volunteers from the restaurant.

The event took place on 28th of May involving 14 volunteers from McDonald’s Silverlink in Wallsend, who spent the whole day digging and weeding raised beds and pathways and clearing the farm’s strawberry patches to increase their summer yields.

The strawberries are sold in the farm shop and the revenue is reinvested into the farm project.

The group embarked on the challenge in effort to boost productivity on the farm and have committed to continue their good work in the future.

This event is just one of a number of McDonald’s clean-ups which have taken place across the UK as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering campaign, ‘Love Where You Live’. The campaign and partnership is now in its fifth year and continues to encourage local communities to take action and work together to tackle litter in their area.

McDonald’s ‘Planet Champion’ Emma Vieira, one of over 1,200 employees across the UK who help raise awareness of ways to be more environmentally friendly in the community said: “It was great to see everyone come together to work on the farm and I’d like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work. We as a business understand the important role we play in making the area a better place.

It was a wonderful day and it was great to see the impact our efforts had on the farm. When local businesses and community members work together we are able to achieve so much more and this event is a perfect example of this.”

As well as environmental projects such as this, McDonald’s restaurants patrol the streets at least three times a day to collect all litter that has been discarded, regardless of its origin. Crew members across the UK cover a total of 3,000 miles each week on litter patrols, which equates to 150,000 miles a year and the distance of five marathons each year per store.

In addition to the annual Keep Britain Tidy litter events and daily patrols, many restaurants have now begun to get involved in events such as painting walls and replanting trees and flowers that improve local community areas.

Wallsend Fire Station Saved From Closure

Wallsend Fire Station

Wallsend Fire Station

Labour Councillors on the Tyne & Wear fire authority recently voted to save Wallsend fire station from closure after Tyne & Wear Fire chiefs initially agreed to cuts that would have seen the loss of the fire station on Hadrian road, Wallsend.

The original decision to close Wallsend fire station was taken as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service faced making cuts of over £5 million pounds.

Emergencies currently covered by the modern Fire station were earmarked to be covered by a new station to be built in Longbenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, with the obvious disruption this might have created to members of the Wallsend public.



Labour’s candidate in Wallsend ward Matthew Thirlaway is quoted on the Labour party website as saying.


“I am delighted that the fire authority has reversed its decision to close Wallsend fire station, This is despite the authority facing £14 million worth of cuts over 7 years which amoount to 35% of its budget from the coalition government.

With the developments that Mayor Redfearn and the labour group are continually backing along the North bank of the Tyne it was crucial our heavy industries are protected with the saftey of having the fire station in the middle of the development.”


Future Town Plans Go On Show

regenerationwallsendMembers of the Wallsend public will be able to find out more about the town’s regeneration plans at a special event opening next week, including further details of the new look Forum Shopping Centre & the future for the former Swans shipyard site.

The plans will be on display at Wallsend’s Customer First Centre from dinnertime on Wed the 11th of February 2015 until closing time on Friday the 20th and will showcase how North Tyneside Council plan to work with the towns residents, business people and other associated local partners to secure a bright future for the town of Wallsend along with an estimated 1,000 local jobs.

More than £100 million is being invested to develop the former shipyard site into a brand new business hub on the River Tyne, playing a major part in the plan for a bright economic future for Wallsend.

Visitors to the event will be able to view the latest planned developments for the Forum Shopping Centre, to be delivered by the centre’s owners, New River, including plans for a new supermarket, a Burger King and new shopping car park.

The event will also showcase a wide range of other schemes, including housing developments, Wallsend Parks, Hadrian Leisure Centre, the former Wallsend Town Hall, the former Wallsend Police Station and former Wallsend Library.

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