David Woodard

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David’s Focus Newsletters for Pegswood Division

by David Woodard on 26 June, 2015

Click on the links below to see the most recent editions of FOCUS October 2018 eFOCUS Spring 2018 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Autumn-2017-eFOCUS May-2017-eFOCUS February-2017-The-Pegswood-Division-FOCUS January-2017-FOCUS-on-Pegswood-Division December-2016-eFOCUS September 2016 FOCUS on Pegswood Division June 2016 FOCUS on Pegswood Division – final vers February 2016 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Summer 2015 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Autumn […]

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The March for a ‘People’s Vote’ on Brexit

by David Woodard on 22 October, 2018

On Saturday 20th October, an estimated 700,000 people marched on the streets of London, calling for a people’s vote on Brexit. That makes it the biggest protest since the Iraq War; a protest that defined a decade on an issue that affected a generation. Now, as then, the Liberal Democrats are on the right side […]

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Golf Club withdraws planning application

by David Woodard on 5 October, 2018

Planning application 18/00984/FUL has been withdrawn by Longhirst Hall Golf Club. This application was for “a change of use of land to accommodate 150 holiday lodges and operational development of internal roads and pitches along with new site access”. The withdrawal took place a few days after Northumberland County Council planning officers in a report […]

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The Tories should stop blaming the EU for their failed ‘Chequers’ Plan. This plan has failed because it does not have the support of either the right wing group of Tory MPs led Jacob Rees-Mogg or more moderate MPs supporting the arguments articulated by Dominic Grieve QC MP, a former Lord Chancellor. Meanwhile newspapers, such […]

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Changes to time and day of your bin collections

by David Woodard on 24 September, 2018

As a result of the amount of new housing being built and occupied in our area Northumberland County Council is adding to its fleet of refuse collection vehicles and making changes to the collection routes. Many households will be affected by changes to the date or time of collection. We have been informed that where […]

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Remember when Liam Fox told us that a deal with the EU would be “one of the easiest in human history”? Well yesterday, after two years of broken promises and botched negotiations, the Government began publishing its plans for keeping planes in the air, food in the shops and medicines in our hospitals in the […]

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More people are now turning to and voting Lib Dem

by David Woodard on 17 June, 2018

In May this year, in the areas of England where local government elections were held, Lib Dems won a total of 536 seats on principal councils; a net gain of 75 councillors. Liberal Democrats took control of four councils: Kingston, Richmond, South Cambridgeshire and (retaking) Three Rivers and also keeping control of all five councils […]

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The A1 Morpeth to Felton scheme will upgrade 8 miles of the A1 to a dual carriageway. This, in combination with the A1 Alnwick to Ellingham scheme has been designed to create a continuous, high quality dual carriageway from Newcastle to Ellingham. Starting at Warreners House (Northgate, Morpeth) and travelling in a northerly direction, the […]

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The Northumberland Local Plan when adopted will supersede the many planning policies from the former County and District Councils into a single planning document and ensure consistency in planning policies across Northumberland. The task started by the Lib Dem administration in 2009 was going to be difficult, some would say almost impossible, but the lack […]

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In the i newspaper yesterday Nick Clegg wrote – Brexiteers are right to panic – they’ve failed to deliver utopia and are almost out of excuses In politics, if you want to understand your enemies listen hard to their tone. The tone of your opponents normally tells you a lot more about what they’re really […]

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Band D Council Tax Comparisons

by David Woodard on 4 May, 2018

At PM Questions this week the Prime Minister pointed out that Band D Council Tax in the Conservative controlled London Borough of Wandsworth was £716.51 whereas in the adjacent Labour controlled Borough of Lambeth it was almost double at £1,386.27. To raucous applause from her backbenchers she concluded that people living in Conservative run council […]

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