David Woodard

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We need bold action on climate change

by David Woodard on 27 November, 2018

We need a Government that puts climate change at the heart of decision making, not one that relegates it to a small sub-office of a minor department. Climate change isn’t just an environmental problem – it’s a human one too. Look at our country – and the impact of weather extremes likely linked to climate […]

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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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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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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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The Liberal Democrats have called on the UK government to introduce a new Act to tackle poor air quality and ensure vital pollution limits are not watered down post-Brexit. Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, which was introduced in the 1950s to tackle deadly smog affecting UK cities. In a letter […]

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Longhirst Lane to re-open next Monday

by David Woodard on 18 March, 2016

The manager of the Potland Burn surface mine informs me that the C127, known locally as Longhirst Lane, will be re-opened to through traffic next Monday morning. This is good news for people living in Ulgham and Longhirst since their journey length by car to Ashington will be greatly reduced. The opening of the road […]

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Osborne’s Budget for the rich

by David Woodard on 18 March, 2016

This is George Osborne’s sweet and sour budget. His sugar tax may seem sweet, but his hidden cuts are sour. This is not a long term economic plan. It is a short term economic scam. He has missed his financial targets and is making low income families pick up the pieces, with cuts to disability […]

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A 93.4% Referendum vote for the Neighbourhood Plan

by David Woodard on 26 February, 2016

4,099 electors from Morpeth, Pegswood, Hebron, Hepscott and Mitford yesterday voted ‘Yes’ to support the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan. 283 electors voted ‘No’. The turnout was 29.5%, much higher than was expected for a local referendum. Click here for the official Declaration of Result of Poll. Residents now have a plan for this area that will […]

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Market conditions for coal in the UK

by David Woodard on 17 February, 2016

“Given continuing weak commodity prices, low coal demand and the announcement of further coal station closures, the board has taken the decision to reduce the group’s exposure to thermal coal markets over the next eighteen months. “The recent wet and mild weather has further impacted the group’s short-term trading, curtailing coal production and restoration activities.” […]

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Air pollution limits in Britain continue to be breached

by David Woodard on 10 January, 2016

In the first week of 2016, London had already breached annual pollution limits. Under EU rules, sites are only allowed to breach hourly limits of NO2 18 times in a year, but Putney broke that limit for the 19th time on Friday morning and Chelsea and Kensington was expected to do so following day. On […]

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