Heaton Focus Team

Tom Appleby and Mark Ridyard

Working hard for Heaton all year round

Tom Appleby and Mark Ridyard are the Focus team for Heaton. They work hard throughout the year to address local problems and issues and to ensure that the voices of Heaton's residents are heard in the Council Chamber.

The Focus Team aims to listen to local people's concerns and issues and keep in touch through regular Focus newsletters throughout the year. In addition the team now use this web page to keep people informed about what is happening across the ward.

Tom and Mark work closely with the 23 strong Liberal Democrats Official Opposition Group on Newcastle City Council, holding the current Labour administration to account and pressing for change to improve our area and the wider city 


Heaton Local News

Mark Ridyard beside a sewage outfall pipe
Newcastle - Citywide

Stop Polluting the Ouseburn

Liberal Democrats across Newcastle have joined forces to campaign for an end to untreated sewage flowing into the Ouseburn after heavy rain

10 Mar 2024

Join our Campaigns

Mark by the sewage outfall on the Ouseburn near the Blue Bell Inn

Stop Sewage Pollution in the Ouseburn

Untreated sewage flows into the Ouseburn after heavy rainfall. A scientific study of the water in Jesmond Dene found faecal contamination 100 times greater than safe bathing levels. It's time to stop this scandal.

Boots Chillingham Road

Save Heaton Pharmacy

Our campaign to save our pharmacy in Heaton

Map of Heaton with proposed cycle routes

Heaton Cycle Network

Our campaign to create a joined up cycle network across Heaton

Picture of a Watch

60 Second Survey

Let us know your views on local issues

Picture of wheelie bins

Climate Emergency Action

Local action is needed to tackle the Climate Emergency

Picture of bin wagon

Improve Local Services Now

Our campaign for better council services across Newcastle

Police car 2

Police and Crime Survey

Have your say on local priorities for policing and community safety


How to Contact the Focus Team

Do you have a problem or issue?

You can contact the Heaton Focus Team in the following ways:

Email us at: heaton@ncl-libdems.org.uk or just click on the button below

Call us by phone:

  • Tom Appleby - 07341 436439

Heaton eFocus - More News - More Quickly

Many residents tell us how much they appreciate receiving a copy of the local FOCUS newsletter through their letterbox - with local news and campaign updates from the Liberal Democrats.

If you would like to receive more frequent updates on issues and stories affecting your local neighbourhood then eFocus is for you - a regular email newsletter sent direct to your email inbox from the Heaton Focus Team. It is formatted to read easily on your computer, smart phone, tablet or other device.

We haven't done this before in Heaton but if we get enough interest then this is something we will start doing, following success of this approach in other wards. If you would like to receive Heaton eFocus then sign up below.

Sign up to receive regular local eFocus newsletters

Would you like to receive regular updates on stories affecting your neighbourhood? We can send our local eFocus newsletter direct to your email inbox - so you can read it on your computer, smart phone or tablet.

We will keep you up to date by email.

The Liberal Democrats may use the information you provide, including your political opinions, to further our objectives and share it with our elected representatives. Any data we gather will be used in accordance with our privacy policy: libdems.org.uk/privacy. You can exercise your rights and withdraw your consent to future communications by contacting us: data.protection@libdems.org.uk or: DPO, Lib Dems, 1 Vincent Square, SW1P 2PN.

Heaton Liberal Democrats Focus Team - Service & Action all year around

Tackling local issues and listening to residents across Heaton Ward
Tom helping to clean up back lane bins
Tom and the team have been trying to improve the clean up of grafitti across the ward
Mark has been a drive behind Heaton Festival since 2011
Mark on Chilli Rd where he's been helping residents with litter in the back lanes.

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