David Woodard

Pegswood Parish Councillor & Liberal Democrat campaigner in Northumberland's central area. Learn more

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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 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 2014 FOCUS on Pegswood Division Extra Spring […]

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Yesterday all opposition parties and one Conservative backed a Liberal Democrat amendment requiring the Government to publish impact assessments of either an agreement or no deal before a meaningful vote on the deal is taken in Parliament. The Government narrowly avoided defeat, with 320 votes against the amendment and 301 for. This was a warning […]

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Longhirst Golf Club appeal planning decision

by David Woodard on 16 December, 2017

On 4 April 2017 Northumberland County Council’s Strategic Planning Committee met to consider a planning application ref. 16/04458/FUL which had proposed a Change of use of land at Longhirst Hall Golf Club to accommodate 150 holiday lodges and operational development of roads and pitches along with new site access. The Planning Committee resolved that the […]

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Many thanks to those brave Tory rebels

by David Woodard on 15 December, 2017

The narrow vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday was a blow against tribal politics and the questionable decisions, both nationally and locally, that tribal politics can produce. The eleven rebels deserve our thanks. They did not deserve the abuse the Daily Mail delivered on its front page the following day. Perhaps many people […]

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Vince Cable says that Britain is in the relegation zone

by David Woodard on 23 November, 2017

Today’s Budget saw the UK slip from the top of the growth league to deep into the relegation zone. Each person in Britain is set to be £687 worse off per year compared to forecasts before the election. As living standards are squeezed, the Government is setting aside £3.7bn to cover the cost of a […]

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Morpeth First School to be relocated

by David Woodard on 10 November, 2017

Labour before they lost control of Northumberland County Council in May this year got something right! They recognised the poor condition and difficult location of Morpeth First School’s premises at Goosehill and sought to build a new school. Unfortunately they wanted to build a new school on the area immediately in front of County Hall […]

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FAIR TAXES and the Tory Government’s failure to act

by David Woodard on 6 November, 2017

Britain’s secretive offshore empire continues to allow a global elite to shelter their wealth and avoid tax as further leaked papers reveal. The apparent reluctance of a Tory Government to make meaningful progress on closing tax loopholes is perhaps explained by the fact that one of their biggest donors and an advisor is Lord Ashcroft, […]

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Sir Vince Cable MP and Baroness Featherstone in a letter have said “WE are at a pivotal moment in the fight against climate change. Just two years ago, world leaders from across the globe gathered in Paris and committed to an ambitious plan to tackle global warming. Yet now we face the withdrawal of the […]

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In 2014, when Alan Beith was the MP for the Berwick upon Tweed constituency, the coalition government announced that sections the A1 in Northumberland were to be upgraded to dual carriageway. Now, later than was expected, Highways England has announced the preferred route from Morpeth to Felton. The Green route option has been chosen. This […]

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Yesterday I learnt from the colleagues I worked with on the Neighbourhood Plan that all three developers have withdrawn their development proposals. There will no longer be a Public Inquiry and we can expect any future development of the land around County Hall to be consistent with the planning policies in the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan […]

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Home Group Withdraw from County Hall Site Application

by David Woodard on 20 April, 2017

It has today been confirmed by the County Council Chief Executive, Steven Mason, that Home Group have withdrawn from the planning application to build new homes on the County Hall site. However, Mr Mason knows nothing about any changes regarding the retail park application by Maple Grove. It will be interesting to see what happens […]

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