Heaton left with lowest environmental quality in the city after Quality of Life chief quits

Henri Murison, Cabinet for Quality of Life and South Heaton ward councillor, has resigned from his job as a councillor after helping author sweeping cuts to services across Newcastle in the recent budget.

The residents of South Heaton ward were left under represented at the recent budget meeting as former Councillor Murison chose to leave just before the crucial vote.

Under the stewardship of the recently departed Cabinet Member for Quality of Life and his two Labour colleagues South Heaton Ward has been ranked worst in the city for environmental factors in 2012/13.

The Local Environmental Quality Indicator, or LEQI as it’s more often know, ranks wards on a number of factors such as litter, weeds, fly tipping and dog fouling amongst others. Wards are scored three times a year and various locations within the ward are visited and assessed to generate an overall score.

The LEQI score for South Heaton ward had been rising steadily but since Labour took control of the Council in 2010 has dropped dramatically. The only ward to have a bigger drop is South Jesmond (which has seen its count of Labour councillors go for 0 to 2 in the same period).

The table below shows the scores across the city, ranked best to worst on the 2012/13 figures.

Overall LEQI Score
Ward 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13
Parklands 95.64% 96.87% 95.73% 94.46% 93.98% 93.70%
Dene 94.78% 97.90% 98.09% 98.99% 93.96% 93.62%
Westerhope 95.41% 98.45% 97.84% 97.61% 96.33% 93.18%
West Gosforth 96.61% 97.97% 97.72% 96.78% 94.48% 92.50%
Castle 93.65% 96.26% 95.77% 94.23% 92.23% 91.44%
East Gosforth 93.05% 97.68% 97.52% 97.66% 92.07% 90.92%
North Heaton 93.30% 95.86% 96.30% 93.29% 90.53% 90.50%
Fenham 93.31% 96.52% 96.98% 96.30% 92.62% 90.47%
Kenton 93.64% 95.49% 96.51% 94.66% 91.15% 89.71%
Benwell & Scotswood 83.59% 91.90% 92.54% 89.26% 88.84% 89.51%
Blakelaw 93.06% 95.78% 94.30% 94.25% 89.58% 89.30%
Newburn 94.30% 93.92% 94.19% 93.04% 92.48% 88.90%
Fawdon 86.00% 93.28% 94.36% 93.32% 90.84% 88.81%
Walkergate 92.39% 95.78% 93.26% 93.91% 90.96% 88.66%
Denton 91.26% 95.28% 97.33% 92.59% 93.14% 87.86%
Woolsington 91.36% 95.10% 94.54% 90.10% 91.39% 87.59%
Lemington 90.01% 95.72% 93.54% 89.69% 90.24% 87.38%
Walker 89.82% 94.24% 92.96% 92.54% 90.34% 87.09%
North Jesmond 96.09% 97.17% 96.20% 92.36% 86.52% 85.41%
Westgate 88.26% 94.86% 95.89% 91.81% 87.12% 85.09%
Wingrove 90.01% 94.62% 93.64% 90.54% 86.60% 83.42%
Byker 88.96% 92.13% 91.96% 92.25% 86.25% 83.42%
Elswick 89.57% 91.38% 89.86% 92.20% 84.99% 82.28%
South Jesmond 92.85% 96.53% 95.30% 93.51% 85.79% 80.97%
Ouseburn 85.28% 92.90% 92.11% 87.94% 81.68% 79.86%
South Heaton 88.04% 92.12% 89.12% 88.51% 82.53% 78.91%
Citywide Score 91.53% 95.21% 94.69% 93.04% 89.75% 87.61%

The most worrying thing about this data is it reports the state of Heaton before the recent Labour budget cut funding to sort out problems in wards.

In future the Council are likely to be more reactive than proactive so if you see problems around Heaton, or elsewhere, make sure you report them to Envirocall or use www.fixmystreet.com to report problems online.