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Morpeth Tories are planning a local ‘land grab’

by David Woodard on 5 March, 2018

The minutes of Morpeth Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee published on their website www.morpeth-tc.gov.uk reveal that Tory councillors are hatching a plan to extend the town’s boundary. Land and housing in the adjacent parishes of Hepscott, Mitford and Hebron are being targeted. There is a formal process for changing parish boundaries. Adjustments are […]

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Northumberland’s 2016/17 Council Tax

by David Woodard on 1 March, 2016

I probably don’t need to remind you that your council tax bill will be arriving soon! Northumberland County Council has decided that their element of the council tax for the year to 31 March 2017 will increase by 3.99%. The annual charge for a Band D property will be £1,484.56. In three years the Council’s […]

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Pegswood Parish Council Newsletters

by David Woodard on 27 December, 2015

Pegswood Parish Councillors are making extra efforts to reach out and connect with the community. Council meetings are normally held in the Uniun building, off Front Street, but some meetings in the future will be held in other village locations. Councillors want to improve communications with village residents with better notice boards and improvements in […]

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Northumberland Tories – more ill-considered comments

by David Woodard on 14 July, 2015

The frequency at which Northumberland’s Tories get their negative views recorded in the local press seems to be on the increase. The latest example was included in last Saturday’s edition of The Journal. The Morpeth and Wansbeck Conservative Association have mounted a personal attack on the Liberal Democrat county councillor for Morpeth Kirkhill, who is […]

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UK Coal’s surface mining sites must be fully restored

by David Woodard on 23 February, 2015

  In Focus newsletters and previous blogs I have expressed my concern about the failure of UK Coal, who years after having extracted the coal, have not fully restored their surface mine sites at Stobswood and Steadsburn. I also made sure my MP Sir Alan Beith was aware of the details and he made sure […]

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Not the business of a Parish or Town Council to consider

by David Woodard on 12 November, 2014

Parish and Town Councils exist to serve their local community and most manage to operate and use their statutory powers without ‘blatant party politics’ being involved. Recently a motion, by a town councillor who is also a Labour county councillor, was put before a public meeting of Cramlington Town Council. It criticised an MP and […]

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Kate Cairns, pictured with Julie Pörksen the Liberal Democrats parliamentary candidate for the Berwick Constituency in 2015, has won the Longhoughton seat on Northumberland County Council. Longhoughton is a large rural county electoral division to the north and west of Alnwick, stretching from Powburn in the west to Embleton and Craster on the coast. Votes […]

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In my blog on May 4th I said, “Watch this space – how will the three Independents react to any pressure applied?” The answer came at the meeting of the Council last week when Labour, short of a majority of seats, revealed their proposals for the positions attracting special responsibility allowances. • The member for […]

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County council election results 2013

by David Woodard on 4 May, 2013

The overall result of the Northumberland County Council 2013 election is shown below. This was the first election to be held in Northumberland since 2008 – a year before the council became a unitary authority in 2009. Labour 32 (+15*) Conservative 21 (+3*) Liberal Democrat 11 (-14*) Independent 3 (-2*) Non – aligned 0 (-2*) […]

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The County Council Election on Thursday May 2nd 2013

by David Woodard on 24 April, 2013

There are four candidates for the Pegswood Division seat on Northumberland County Council. The details area as shown below. The election result will be posted in the afternoon of Friday May 3rd on this website. BROWN, Muriel Capri Lodge, Northgate, Morpeth NE61 3BX UK Independence Party (UKIP) LUCK, Sheila 25 De Merley Gardens, Widdrington Station, […]

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