Cabinet member for a Resilient City

Cabinet member for a Resilient City

Cllr Paula Maines

Paula leads the Council’s approach to working with local communities across the city, ensuring that cultural, sporting and leisure opportunities are integrated and accessible to all. She is responsible for ensuring that resident engagement is proactive and enabling, supports an inclusive economy and fulfils the Council’s statutory requirements. 

Paula provides political leadership for the Council’s community partnerships and voluntary and community sector liaison, and for ensuring that Newcastle remains a safe, resilient and welcoming city for all.


The Cabinet member for a Resilient City is responsible for:

  • Urban Green/parks, green spaces, allotments
  • Play areas and leisure facilities
  • Leisure Centre management
  • Libraries and customer services
  • Registrars, cemeteries, and crematorium services
  • Taxi licensing
  • The Newcastle Fund
  • Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Compact and VCS liaison
  • Crime, community safety and resilience planning
  • Promoting good community relations and combatting hate crimes
  • Community assets and asset transfers
  • Neighbourhood devolution and parish councils
  • Ward governance and budget
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • City of Sanctuary
  • Veterans and the Armed Forces Family/Armed Forces Covenant, including Co-operative Council

Crime, community safety and resilience planning includes:

  • Safe Newcastle Partnership
  • Tackling antisocial behaviour
  • Liaison with Northumbria Police
  • Liaison with other crime and criminal justice partners
  • Crime and policing panel
  • CCTV policy
  • Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking
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