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Another big rise in Council Tax by the Conservatives

by David Woodard on 22 March, 2019

In April 2009 Northumberland’s six District Councils were abolished and Northumberland County Council became a Unitary Authority with the responsibility for billing Council Tax. Government policy on Council Tax has changed dramatically since then. Remember Eric Pickles and the coalition with the Lib Dems? During the first five years from 2009, Government penalised Council Tax […]

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Is Austerity Over?

by David Woodard on 19 December, 2018

For the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to announce that austerity is ending, as they both have done in recent weeks, is an insult to everyone involved in local government. As we are now be too painfully aware, funding for local government has been cut by almost 60% since 2010 and there […]

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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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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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Recycling Bin collections missed in Pegswood division

by David Woodard on 4 September, 2015

Due to operational issues (not sure what this means) Northumberland County Council have been unable to collect from any recycling bins today (Friday 4th September) in Pegswood electoral division i.e., Pegswood, Hebron, Ulgham, Longhirst, Stobswood, West Chevington, Earsdon, Fenrother, Tritlington and Causey Park. Recyclable materials will be collected on the next scheduled recycling bin collection […]

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Castle Morpeth Borough Council, long before it was abolished in 2009, identified the need to develop the Back Riggs area of Morpeth to revitalise the economy of Morpeth and improve the visitor experience. It led to the development of the Sanderson Arcade and subsequently the opening last year of the new Morrisons store with its […]

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At a recent conference for Parish and Town councils were given details of how the County Council planned to reorganise the management of local services from last Monday 29th September. Northumberland has been divided into four operational areas. Pegswood and the three Morpeth county divisions come within the central area of Northumberland. I have noticed […]

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North Northumberland is looking very scruffy

by David Woodard on 29 July, 2014

The above words were the opening words in a letter from a Longframlington resident recently published in the Newcastle Journal. Many people I have spoken to this summer have made similar observations. A major reason, well hidden in Labour’s budget for 2014/15, was a proposal since implemented to reduce highway verge cutting between villages to […]

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There is a roundabout at the top of Whorral Bank. It is a very busy roundabout. It takes all the traffic leaving Morpeth for Pegswood, Ashington and the coastal villages. Northumberland County Council are advertising for a sponsor as the sign on the roundabout suggests. May I suggest that if the county council starts to […]

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Should Council Policy on Bin Collection change?

by David Woodard on 11 July, 2014

Over a decade ago Castle Morpeth Borough Council carried out a trial in Morpeth with an alternate weekly bin collection of recyclable materials and waste. The trial found that the percentage of waste recycled was boosted and the practice was subsequently extended throughout the borough. Following the abolition of the district councils in 2009 waste […]

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