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Old July 8th, 2011, 11:42 AM   #61
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Blyth National Renewable Energy Centre gets £25m investment
The Journal, July 8th 2011


THE North East’s position as a leading international centre for offshore wind power was yesterday cemented with a £25m investment in new test facilities.

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) will invest the cash into a new turbine test rig at Blyth’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec).

The UK has Europe’s biggest wind resource, but until now, has had no dedicated full turbine test facility.

The indoor rig should be available for commercial testing from June 2013, with preparatory work already under way.

The test rig will be larger and more complex than anything currently available and help manufacturers increase reliability of new turbines, which should see consumers enjoy lower energy bills.

Narec chief executive Andrew Mill said the new test rig would build on the centre’s existing facilities – and critically help attract companies to develop offshore wind turbines to the UK.

“The North East has got a fantastic offering for the offshore market because of the existing activities that we have done, such as shipbuilding. This takes the North East to being one of the premier centres for offshore wind power in the UK and Europe,” said Mr Mill.


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Old July 9th, 2011, 10:23 AM   #62
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Following on from an earlier article on this thread - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...4&postcount=60

Hope for 800 jobs in Northumberland cinema project
by Ruth Lawson, The Journal, July 9th 2011



A MULTI-MILLION pound redevelopment at a Northumberland shopping complex could create up to 800 jobs in the region, according to developers.

If the long-awaited overhaul of Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington, which is to include a multiplex cinema, an array of restaurants and new shop units, gets planning consent, hundreds of retail and construction jobs will be made available.

John Grinnell, of developers Hammerson, said: “In our calculations there’s potentially about 400 jobs to be created in the cinema, retail units and restaurants with a mixture of full-time and part-time jobs.”

He also expects a further 400 employment opportunities during the construction stages of the new complex if planners give the thumbs-up to the development, which was put on hold in 2008 due to the recession.

Hammerson said the idea behind the concept was to create a “full day out experience” with the new cinema and restaurants creating a strong evening economy in the town, adding to the already thriving daytime trade.


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Old July 19th, 2011, 08:52 PM   #63
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It looks like B&M Bargains have taken the former Focus DIY unit on the Westmorland Retail Park in Cramlington, whilst B&Q have bought the Ashington store. I was dearly hoping that Wickes or B&Q would have taken this site as there is now no decent DIY store but sadly we have another dross laden, tat store opening up! I dont quite see the need for B&M to open here when we have a Wilkinsons, Home Bargains, Yorkshire Trading Co and Poundland.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #64
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It looks like B&M Bargains have taken the former Focus DIY unit on the Westmorland Retail Park in Cramlington, whilst B&Q have bought the Ashington store. I was dearly hoping that Wickes or B&Q would have taken this site as there is now no decent DIY store but sadly we have another dross laden, tat store opening up! I dont quite see the need for B&M to open here when we have a Wilkinsons, Home Bargains, Yorkshire Trading Co and Poundland.
Agree NorthStar,
hoping for a better DIY store to replace Focus. Been using B&Q at Scotswood - bit of a drive to get there, especially when you just need 1 item!

There are more than enough 'cheap' shops in Manor walks. Do we need anothere one. Like the idea of a cinema in the centre, but the last phase of development is still half empty. Why do we need more next to the proposed cinema/

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Old July 20th, 2011, 09:26 PM   #65
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I have used either B&Q Scotswood or Silverlink, but have now started going to Homebase in Blyth, but for a town of Cramlingtons size it seems odd that no-one else wanted it when it went into administration.

I think the last phase of Manor Walks development was a pitifully woeful attemp at expansion and it really was a case of 'Every expense spared' when they did it! To be honest Manor Walks has had its day and it really needs knocking down and rebuilt. It must be about 40yrs old or more! With 2 large supermarkets like ASDA and Sainsburys at each end I am sure they would chip in for a wholescale redevelopment of the centre if it meant they could each build bigger stores and if the centre was totally remodelled it could attract a much better mix of tenants.
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Old September 1st, 2011, 10:04 AM   #66
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This potential project has been covered extensively on this thread so far . .

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...77&postcount=2
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...3&postcount=12
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...3&postcount=15
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...7&postcount=24
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...1&postcount=34
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NOW, in the Journal of 1st September 2011 . .

Experts cast doubt on Cramlington hospital scheme
by Rob Pattinson, The Journal, September 1st 2011



SEVENTY ONE of the North East’s leading doctors last night undermined plans for a new emergency hospital in the region, claiming it would be too close to existing facilities.

In an open letter to The Journal, the region’s top healthcare professionals questioned the “wisdom” of building the new £75m hospital in Cramlington, just eight miles from Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI). The alliance of 71 consultants and medical professors yesterday argued the care is already available. The signatories said the RVI – which currently serves patients who would be treated at the Cramlington site – has the benefit of being supported by specialities, which are not included in the new plans.

The letter reads “Not only does the Royal Victoria Infirmary provide emergency care across the whole spectrum of medical and surgical disciplines, for both adults and children but it is also supported by a complete spectrum of subspecialties, many of which will not be available at Cramlington. Also, the fixed running costs of this new hospital and the additional ambulance costs associated with it are said not to be an issue which, given the necessary financial stringencies that have been imposed across the public sector, we find difficult to understand.”

It is understood Health Minister Simon Burns has requested that the North East Strategic Health Authority re-examine the plans for Cramlington to see how it fits in with existing health services on the North side of the Tyne.


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Old September 3rd, 2011, 06:47 PM   #67
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Reading about Morrisons plans brought a cynical smile to my face. The council justify the expansion by talking about the new jobs created. They forgot to mention that they will be minimum wage earners on part-time contracts, even though a lot will be working full-time hours. The part-time contracts mean the staff will have fewer rights and of course will be paid for only 18 or 20 hours when on holiday, plus they get only pro rata time off in lieu of bank holidays.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 03:27 PM   #68
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Blyth regeneration plan drastically reduced
by David Black, The Journal, September 26th 2011



PLANS to demolish hundreds of homes as part of a multi-million pound regeneration scheme in Northumberland's biggest town look set to be radically revised because of changing circumstances.

A masterplan for the redevelopment of the former Bates Colliery area of Blyth includes proposals to knock down 245 council-owned houses on the rundown Hodgsons Road Estate, and replace them with new homes at a cost of £24.8m.

The plans – first drawn up in 2008 and confirmed last year – are aimed at contributing to the overall regeneration of the town’s quayside and riverside areas, and would leave only 50 of the existing 295 Hodgsons Road homes standing.

Now a new report to county councillors recommends a major re-think of the scheme, which involves flattening only 56 of the homes and retaining and improving the remaining 240.

Officers at County Hall say problems with financing the original scheme, changes in Government funding arrangements and amended development plans for nearby land mean mass demolition is not now considered the best way forward for the estate.


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Old September 26th, 2011, 04:12 PM   #69
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On that photo above, the lighter brown area almost dead centre is now the new Morpeth Road Primary School. The council's lofty plans for hundreds of new houses in various locations in Blyth do worry me as there are still only three roads in and out of the town and there are no plans to improve access.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 10:07 AM   #70
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New Cramlington hospital plans set to be approved
by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, September 27th 2011


CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new hospital near Cramlington are set to be approved by council bosses next week.

The £75m scheme for an emergency care centre is being recommended for approval despite hundreds of objections from residents.

If the go ahead is given, work will speed up on the site, close to the A19 spine road, south of East Cramlington and just eight miles from the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Warnings have been sounded of a future clash with Newcastle International Airport, with the new hospital set to be located directly under the flight path for journeys to Toronto, New York and Belfast among others.

The proposals for the site, submitted by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, would allow the transfer of all serious emergency cases from North Tyneside and Wansbeck General Hospital, which it also runs. As part of plans to treat around 60,000 patients a year, a five-arm roundabout would be built between the A189 slip-road and Lamb Street.

Transport concerns form one of the biggest worries with residents and businesses warning the already overloaded A19 roundabouts will struggle to cope with extra traffic.

The council has said it will force health bosses to contribute to Moor Farm junction upgrades if planning permission is granted.


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Old September 27th, 2011, 09:27 PM   #71
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WTF was all that shite in that article about it being in the flight path of flights to Toronto, Belfast and New York about? Firstly so what? And? Why is that owt to do with anything? And what a random bunch of destinations they list- New York? Since when? Other than a couple of Xmas charters for a bit shopping there isn't any flights to new york. If that is the only argument they have against the hospital no wonder it is getting built. Really the chronic really does my head in!
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Old September 28th, 2011, 02:02 AM   #72
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WTF was all that shite in that article about it being in the flight path of flights to Toronto, Belfast and New York about? Firstly so what? And? Why is that owt to do with anything? And what a random bunch of destinations they list- New York? Since when? Other than a couple of Xmas charters for a bit shopping there isn't any flights to new york. If that is the only argument they have against the hospital no wonder it is getting built. Really the chronic really does my head in!
Agree Geordiejon. I live not far from the proposed hospital and on the flightpath. It only bothers me if I have the windows open on those hot balmy nights that we get in Cramlington! All I do is pause the TV (thank god for Sky+ ), shout at the offending plane then restart the tv.

The helicopter pad may be a problem but there are no problems with the Police helicopter flying around!

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Old October 5th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #73
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Council chiefs give backing to Cramlington hospital
The Journal, October 5th 2011


Planned specialist emergency care hospital near Cramlington

PATIENTS will benefit from a new £75m hospital in Northumberland from 2014 after plans were approved last night by council chiefs.

Proposals for the emergency care centre in Cramlington sparked objections from local residents, airport bosses and rival health trusts when they were revealed.

But Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust is convinced the new centre – off the A19 spine road – will improve patient care with A&E consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The multi-million pound scheme was backed at a meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning committee. The decision means that construction will start in the spring, but the scheme will have to win final approval from the Civil Aviation Authority and the Secretary of State.

Hospital bosses say the move, part of £200m wider health plans, will bring lasting improvements to Northumberland and Tyneside.

The state-of-the-art hospital will be the first in England to have emergency care consultants on site all hours of the day, every day of the year.


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Old October 5th, 2011, 11:56 AM   #74
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As this proposal has now been approved by the Local Authority (though there are other hurdles still to overcome) I have set up a specific 'Project Thread' where this can be discussed from now on . .

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Old November 1st, 2011, 11:50 AM   #75
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Northumberland County Council kick-starts
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by David Black, The Journal, November 1st 2011


A TRANSFORMATION in the way council services are provided in Northumberland is set to be launched by a £1.5m project in Cramlington.

County Hall bosses say the council currently has too many buildings – most of which are in poor condition and don’t meet the required standards for delivering services to the public.

A new report says some facilities might have to be closed unless the authority spends money on them or sets out on a new strategy for using them.

It is planned to embark on a major rationalisation programme aimed at bringing more public services under one roof and reducing the number of buildings people have to visit.

A pilot scheme is proposed in Cramlington which involves creating a customer contact centre and public library in the council’s Your Link building next to the Manor Walks shopping arcade and Concordia leisure centre.

The three-storey building would include a customer contact centre at the top, a facility providing information about council and partner organisation services on the first floor and a relocated library on the ground floor.


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Old November 4th, 2011, 11:11 AM   #76
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Blyth biomass plant will be a positive
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by David Black, The Journal, November 4th 2011


A GREEN energy company planning to build a £250m biomass-fuelled power station in Northumberland claims it will be a positive asset.

RES says the results of independent studies into the proposed 100-megawatt generating plant near Blyth show that its benefits will far outweigh any negative impacts.

The company – which has now made the findings of the studies available to local people – says they have concluded that the power station will have no significant impacts on traffic, air quality or wildlife.

RES will shortly submit a planning application to build the plant at Battleship Wharf on the River Blyth, between the villages of Cambois and North Blyth.

The independent studies follow fears expressed by some local people earlier this year that their quality of life will be damaged by the presence of the plant, because of its size, proximity to houses, emissions, dust, noise and extra traffic.

RES says it will provide enough renewable electricity for 170,000 homes a year, will create between 200 and 300 construction jobs, and between 40 and 50 permanent posts.

The plant will include a group of fuel storage buildings up to 25 metres tall and a 60/70m-tall boiler house with a chimney up to 100m tall.


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The Cooperative Dance Hall in
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by Joanne Butcher, The Journal, November 12th 2011


MUSIC and dancing are to shake decades of dust off an historic dance hall.

The old Cooperative Dance Hall in Bedlington Station, Northumberland, has stood empty for years. But now, a new generation of dancers will glide over its boards as it is transformed into a busy community hub.

Colin Patterson, from Bedlington, is behind the project to renovate the building as The Station, a community music and arts academy. He said the historic dance hall is still packed with original features.

“The Cooperative Dance Hall is a beautiful old building, but it has been empty almost as long as I can remember – and I’ve lived in Bedlington all my life,” said Colin. “I think it was briefly a labour exchange when I was a lad, but I don’t know how long it had been empty before that.”

Now Colin and a team of volunteers have leased the building and are looking for investors to help them create the new community academy. The project could see activities and courses offered for old and young alike, from music and dancing to puppet shows and school plays.

“The building still has all the old features like the stage and the balcony, and fittings like original ceiling roses,” he said. “Everything is in a gothic style, it really is a superb building."


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Old November 13th, 2011, 11:20 AM   #78
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Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell calls for lottery funding probe
Coreena Ford, Sunday Sun, November 13th 2011


A TOP politician is calling for an investigation after learning how Lotto bosses refused a whopping £4m of cash grants to improve his constituency.

The Sunday Sun revealed last month how the North East is the unluckiest region in England when it comes to gaining grants since the National Lottery was first introduced in 1995.

And Blyth in Northumberland languished at the bottom of the region’s own lotto league, having secured £12.5m – that’s way behind Newcastle Central’s £133m.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell was so incensed that his constituency could have fallen victim to a postcode lottery that he pledged to find out if applications made by groups in his area were getting knocked back by lottery groups.

And now he’s got the proof.

Figures released by Ronnie to the Sunday Sun show 64 applications have been knocked back for funding totalling £3,962,743 – and that’s just from the last two years.

The veteran MP has now been moved to raise the issue of lottery funding in Parliament.


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Osbourne has just said that he wants to extend an enterprise zone to the port of Blyth which didn't go down well with the shadow government.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #80
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Osbourne has just said that he wants to extend an enterprise zone to the port of Blyth which didn't go down well with the shadow government.
Ha'way Chris that is spin in the extreme.

There was childish reactions in the chamber on both sides, in particular due to shouting from the local MP, but the shadow government didn't even comment on the enterprise zone in Blyth never mind criticize it.
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