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Old March 22nd, 2011, 11:44 AM   #41
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Work set to make area heaps better
by Andrew Glover, The Journal, March 22nd 2011


THE transformation of a former colliery spoil heap is under way as efforts are made to reclaim the space for the community.

Picnic benches have been installed at Isabella Heap in Blyth, Northumberland, as part of a programme of improvements designed to entice local people back to the area.

Trees and shrubs in the area need attention and there are plans for a wildflower meadow.

The heap has suffered problems with anti-social behaviour caused by young people drinking and starting fires in the area.

Now the Northumberland Wildlife Trust is helping to improve the area as part of its South East Northumberland Sustainable Environments (SENSE) project.

People and wildlife officer Anthony Johnston said: “Traditionally it is a really underused area. We want to reduce the anti-social behaviour that has been associated with it. My job with the local residents is to try to reclaim the area for the people.


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Old March 23rd, 2011, 02:42 AM   #42
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Not sure what the status of the planning application is but it looks like contractors moved onto the site on Monday. Cabins and skips were placed at the entrance and diggers arrived at the site today.
Looks like they are doing preliminary drilling on the site.

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Old March 24th, 2011, 04:59 PM   #43
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Over 700 homes in Cramlington approved
by Sarah Scott, Evening Chronicle, March 17th 2011


PLANNING has been approved to build more than 700 new homes in a North East town.

The development, which will bring 706 homes to the South West Sector of Cramlington, in Northumberland, was hailed as being of major significant to the town which is nearing completion.

Approval was granted at an area planning committee meeting on Tuesday evening for the development in the south west sector of the town, which is the last main phase of development in the plans for the growth of Cramlington.

It was unanimously agreed by the area planning committee and the properties will be built on land adjacent to the east and west of Beacon Lane in Cramlington.

The development includes playing fields, a pavilion, three areas for play equipment, a multi-use games area and three sub stations. A range of different house types are to be provided within the 706 homes. The majority of the properties are to be two storey, however, a number of flats, bungalows and three storey properties are also to be provided.


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Anyone seen any plans for this new development?
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Old April 1st, 2011, 11:05 AM   #44
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Derelict Wallaw Cinema at Blyth, set to become a pub
by Sarah Scott, The Journal, April 1st 2011



A HISTORIC grade II-listed cinema in Northumberland could become a Wetherspoon pub.

The Wallaw Cinema in Blyth, Northumberland, has stood derelict since it closed its doors in April 2004 after a long struggle for survival.

Now it has emerged that pub chain Wetherspoon has expressed an interest in taking over the property and turning it into a pub and restaurant. But the chain could face opposition as the building is grade II-listed and it will need to get permission from English Heritage to change the use of the building as well as getting permission from Northumberland County Council.

The historic cinema closed in 2004 with a final showing of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

It was built in 1937 as a 1,441-seat, art-deco cinema, one of five built in Northumberland in the 1930s by entrepreneur Walter Lawther. In 1987 it was turned into a three-screen theatre when two mini-cinemas were created in the rear stalls area.

It has also served as an 825-seat theatre and featured acts such as Ken Dodd and Freddie Star, as well as giving Ant and Dec their stage debut in the early 1990s.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We can confirm that Wetherspoon is in negotiations to purchase the former Wallow cinema in Blyth. The company has also submitted a planning application to convert the derelict building into a Wetherspoon pub. Wetherspoon has enjoyed great success in the region and we are keen to open a pub in Blyth.


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Old April 4th, 2011, 11:02 AM   #45
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Bedlington's conservation area is to be extended
by David Black, The Journal, April 4th 2011


ADDED protection is set to be given to important buildings in a Northumberland market town at the centre of multi-million pound heritage and economic development plans.

Bedlington’s existing conservation area is to be extended to ensure that all of the town centre’s significant historic and architectural interests are able to benefit from special management policies.

County councillors are expected to approve a new planning blueprint for the town today including a proposal to widen the conservation area boundary.

The new management strategy will provide a framework for regeneration and other projects in the area, and aid the decision-making process on future planning applications.

It comes at a time when Bedlington is in the midst of major investment plans aimed at enhancing its historic character and boosting the local economy.

In 2009 the Market Place was revamped and given a facelift as part of a £1.25m lottery-funded Townscape Heritage Initiative – which also involves the restoration and repair of shop fronts.

In addition, there are plans to further revitalise the town centre through a 17,000sqft expansion of the existing Tesco supermarket, which will create about 80 new jobs.


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Old April 11th, 2011, 11:05 AM   #46
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Families’ fears over concrete factory
by David Black, The Journal, April 11th 2011


WORRIED families are opposing plans to re-open a concrete-making plant next to their homes – three years after it was mothballed by its owner.

Neighbours are said to be “shocked and horrified” at the prospect of production re-starting at the batching plant in Bebside near Blyth, Northumberland.

The Tarmac facility is less than 50 metres from homes on the Heather Lea estate, where 45 residents have signed a petition objecting to the resumption of concrete mixing.

The plant was closed down and mothballed in 2008 but the company is now considering bringing it back into use on a long-term basis.

Objectors have petitioned the county council, claiming it will reduce the value of their homes, affect their quality of life and cause air pollution and noise problems.

Later this week county councillors will be advised there is nothing the authority can do to prevent Tarmac from re-starting production at the plant, which began working in the 1970s.


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Old April 11th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #47
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Historical footage of Blyth put together for new DVD
by Vicky Robson, Evening Chronicle, April 11th 2011





THE ABOVE nostalgic scenes of Blyth bring the past back to to life.

Rare archive footage of the legacy left behind by the once prospering heavy industry of Blyth has been put together for a new DVD.

The 50-minute film – Blyth: A Journey Through Time – was created by a group of local historians from neighbouring Bedlington, to remember the town’s rich industrial heritage.

From a bustling port and breakers’ yard, to heroic rescue attempts and wartime efforts, the grainy black and white cine film dates back almost 100 years and shows what life was once like in the town’s heyday.


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Old April 11th, 2011, 03:21 PM   #48
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Derelict Wallaw Cinema at Blyth, set to become a pub
by Sarah Scott, The Journal, April 1st 2011


A HISTORIC grade II-listed cinema in Northumberland could become a Wetherspoon pub.

The Wallaw Cinema in Blyth, Northumberland, has stood derelict since it closed its doors in April 2004 after a long struggle for survival.

Now it has emerged that pub chain Wetherspoon has expressed an interest in taking over the property and turning it into a pub and restaurant. But the chain could face opposition as the building is grade II-listed and it will need to get permission from English Heritage to change the use of the building as well as getting permission from Northumberland County Council.

The historic cinema closed in 2004 with a final showing of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

It was built in 1937 as a 1,441-seat, art-deco cinema, one of five built in Northumberland in the 1930s by entrepreneur Walter Lawther. In 1987 it was turned into a three-screen theatre when two mini-cinemas were created in the rear stalls area.

It has also served as an 825-seat theatre and featured acts such as Ken Dodd and Freddie Star, as well as giving Ant and Dec their stage debut in the early 1990s.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We can confirm that Wetherspoon is in negotiations to purchase the former Wallow cinema in Blyth. The company has also submitted a planning application to convert the derelict building into a Wetherspoon pub. Wetherspoon has enjoyed great success in the region and we are keen to open a pub in Blyth.


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Ah good news. Another Spoons for me to visit when back up North. Always thought Blyth must be in their sights, it's a pretty large town not to have one.
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Old April 12th, 2011, 06:03 PM   #49
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I'd love to see 'spoons in the old Wallaw, it's a shame the building has been closed for so long. I do hope they get the permission. It would be great to drink in the place I saw loads of movies.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 03:30 PM   #50
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New Cramlington hospital 'could cause traffic chaos'
by Sarah Scott, The Journal, May 3rd 2011


CONCERNED residents have raised worries that the proposed new hospital in Cramlington will cause traffic chaos for residential areas.

At the annual Cramlington Town Council meeting several residents challenged the panel, made up of councillors, police and a representative from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, over access and traffic to the proposed development. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is proposing to build a multi-million pound specialist emergency care hospital south of East Cramlington and next to the A189 spine road.

The council is currently consulting with the public on the plans and if approved, the hospital will be built alongside the A189, to the south of East Cramlington, but residents are seriously concerned about the access points to the proposed site and believe it will make traffic around the Front Street junction impossible.

Tony Ives, a resident in Cramlington, said: “I just detect from the health authority they are trying to suggest access is off the Spine Road, my understanding is that is not true at all. You are probably going to have a much worse situation than we have experienced in Northburn with the fire service. A lot of ambulances going through residential areas to access the hospital.”

The area where the specialist emergency care hospital is proposed was chosen because it is the most accessible to people who live and work in Northumberland and North Tyneside. It was not possible to locate the hospital at Moor Farm roundabout as it is green belt land and subject to planning restrictions which mean non-green belt sites, such as the proposal, should be prioritised.

The trust expects the specialist emergency care hospital will treat around 60,000 patients per year. However, they have said only 40,000 of them will arrive by ambulance and of these only three or four ambulances per day will arrive as blue light admissions.


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Old May 18th, 2011, 05:18 PM   #51
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Perhaps one of the North East's success stories - ALNMARITEC Ltd, which is an innovative boatbuilding company which prides itself in providing practical, cost-effective and original solutions for a broad range of commercial workboat applications. Specialising in the design and build of aluminium alloy workboats for operators across a wide spectrum of industries. The company develops customised designs for an extensive variety of applications including workboats for the offshore oil and gas industry, crew ferries, fire and rescue craft, RIBs, hose and line handling tugs, ships tenders, logistic supply vessels, patrol boats, commercial fishing boats, wind farm support boats, oil spill response boats, landing craft and workboats for the aquaculture industry.

Previously based in Alnwick the company have bow relocated to Wimbourne Quay in the Port of Blyth.

The company web site can be seen at http://www.alnmaritec.co.uk/index.htm
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Old May 28th, 2011, 02:41 PM   #52
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Complete waste of time and money.

The road surface was cutting up after just a few months. Seems it wasn't designed to cope with heavy traffic which is strange seeing as it's Blyth's busiest road!

And whilst the Market square had been spruced up shops around it have been closing down. There was never actually anything fundamentally wrong with the Market square in the first place. It's other parts of the town centre which need revitalising. Such as the terrible bus station, the now rotting wallaw and that wonderful post office building.
The road surface was designed for light vehicles only - then Northumberland CC refused to proceed with the required weight limits on the road and the diversion of buses.
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Old May 29th, 2011, 12:27 PM   #53
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Didn't they spend something like £3 million on changing Market Square. What exactly did the money going on. I can't see anything that would cost that much? Any idea what that tower is, it looks like it has a satellite dish in it?
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Old May 29th, 2011, 12:44 PM   #54
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Apr 22 2010 by David Black, The Journal




A TROUBLE-plagued £3m town centre revamp has hit a further embarrassing setback – after expensive new road surfacing was removed because it is a potential danger to pedestrians.

Yesterday the major facelift for Blyth market place, and the road which runs alongside it, was branded a “disaster” for the town by a former local councillor.

The market square closed for 10 months for work to be carried out, but has been beset by problems since re-opening in November 2008.

New market stalls bought for £47,500 were mothballed during the winter because their flimsy design means they can’t be used when the weather is too windy or cold.

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Old June 16th, 2011, 09:40 PM   #55
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An interesting piece in today's Mail on the Northumberlandia project near Cramlington, with some excellent aerial photos of work-in-progress.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...berlandia.html

Unusually positive article considering it contains two of the paper's most hated bete-noires: Modern art and Northerners.
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It's some way off the A19, I'm not sure it will be visible to drivers along the A19, certainly not south bound traffic.
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Unusually positive article considering it contains two of the paper's most hated bete-noires: Modern art and Northerners.
But it also involves a couple of their favourites i.e. big business (Banks Mining) and an aristocrat.

Though to be honest, that comment's a bit mean minded. The open cast mining proposal would probably have gained planning permission without the land sculpture. So credit to Banks for having a go at doing something beyond the typical farmland/woodland/cycle-path restoration scheme.
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It's some way off the A19, I'm not sure it will be visible to drivers along the A19, certainly not south bound traffic.
Nowhere near the A19! A1 yes - but beware of rubber neckers!


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Old June 21st, 2011, 12:18 PM   #59
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Compulsory purchase order approved for Morrisons superstore in Blyth
by David Black, The Journal, June 21st 2011



THIRTEEN businesses are preparing to move out of a Northumberland town centre after council bosses secured legal powers paving the way for a multi-million pound superstore development.

A compulsory purchase order (CPO) enabling the county council to acquire land and buildings in the centre of Blyth has been confirmed by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The decision means plans to redevelop the existing Morrisons supermarket – and create up to 140 new jobs there – can now go ahead.

A number of local businesses and landowners objected to the CPO after declining to accept financial offers made for their premises. Now, they will have to move on and make way for a major expansion of the existing 160-job supermarket.

The council agreed a year ago to make the CPO, claiming the superstore project is vital to help regenerate Blyth. Months of negotiations failed to result in agreements with a number of businesses, and the order has now been confirmed following a public inquiry held in the town in March.

Yesterday, the authority said it has managed to acquire most of the buildings and land needed for the scheme, but is still in negotiations with six businesses.


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Plans for Cramlington Cinema back on track
by Sarah Scott, Evening Chronicle, July 1st 2011


A MULTI-MILLION pound redevelopment of a town centre is set to get back on track after taking a hit during the recession.

The proposed £200m redevelopment at Cramlington’s Manor Walks Shopping Centre, which is due to include a multiplex cinema, was put on hold in 2009 due to the recession.

But residents in Cramlington, Northumberland, have been invited to a second long-awaited public consultation by the owner and developer Hammerson next week.

Hammerson’s development manager for the Cramlington project, John Grinnell, said the company had used the time since plans had been temporarily shelved to look at the results of the last public consultation to see what could feasibly be done in the current climate.

“I am really pleased to say we have very strong interest from both national and international cinema operators. We will continue dialogues with those parties. I hope to be able to confirm the identity of the confirmed party over the coming period,” said Mr Grinnell.

“The proposal will include a large multiplex cinema and a range of family-orientated restaurants. It is very much about creating a destination in the town centre which it does not have at the moment,” he added.

He also said he hoped the new proposal would be a catalyst for future investment in the town centre.


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