The North of Tyne Combined Authority continues to align with national government guidance and work with our partner organisations to ensure a multi-agency approach to coronavirus as it evolves.
On the 30th June 2020 the North of Tyne Combined Authority were awarded £24m of Government funding to allow local authorities to target additional investment towards brownfield sites requiring intervention.
This funding will support the delivery of up to 2,500 additional homes in the North of Tyne area on brownfield land by 2025.
Mayor Jamie Driscoll declared a climate emergency on his first day of office and all three of our local authorities have also declared climate emergencies.
The North of Tyne Combined Authority are committed to work alongside our local authorities to ensure the North of Tyne is a leader in climate change education and the green revolution.
In a world first, each state-funded school in the combined authority area will have the opportunity to train one member of staff as a UN accredited climate change teacher.
The combined authority will also be holding a Citizens Assembly on Climate Change, giving our people the opportunity to voice their opinions on our climate emergency.
The Combined Authority recognises the scale of the challenge to reduce carbon emissions but also the opportunity that the shift to a green economy presents for the North of Tyne area.
The Combined Authority is establishing a £9m Green New Deal Fund which can deliver significant carbon reductions as well as supporting new industry and jobs in areas where emissions reductions are most needed.
The North of Tyne area has a strong offshore and subsea sector, which is vital in supporting the growth of clean energy in the North East.
As part of a wider commitment to this industry the combined authority is now making £6.5m available to be invested in infrastructure that will strengthen existing capabilities and capacity.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest professional cycle race, returned to the North East of England in September 2019, as the North of Tyne hosted the third stage of the race.
It was the first ever OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage to link all the areas of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, with the route taking in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Our work to tackle climate change and grow the green economy will be critical to the success of the North of Tyne region and help us deliver prosperity for our people. We will make the Tyne a hive of industry again.