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Old September 19th, 2012, 08:57 AM   #121
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I had thought that myself- although they could open the upstairs up? They do in many bars- particularly in the city centre. They could also have a nose at the old church now San Lorenzos as gone. Again it could be too small though so they would then end up taking one of the big units in the mall next to the cinema........
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Old November 7th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #122
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The lifeboat base is due to be completed by April 2013


Work has started on a £700,000 project to build a lifeboat station on the Northumberland coast.

It will replace the existing Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) base in Blyth.

Currently the lifeboat has to be moved to the launch site by quadbike.

The new building will mean it can be manoeuvred to the launch site by hand.

More on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-18059622

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Old November 8th, 2012, 02:10 PM   #123
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Speaking of Blyth Lifeboats, did anyone watch a programme called 'Geordies Overboard' on C4 last night about the Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat (not the RNLI I should add). Well worth a watch.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 04:42 PM   #124
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Speaking of Blyth Lifeboats, did anyone watch a programme called 'Geordies Overboard' on C4 last night about the Blyth Volunteer Lifeboat (not the RNLI I should add). Well worth a watch.
Watched it this afternoon, having recorded it and it was an eye opener to say the least. Lets hope the professionalism shines through in the later parts of the series as part 1 was deplorable and reminded me very much of Dad's Army by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
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Old November 9th, 2012, 06:09 PM   #125
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I hope they are more professional than what was shown on the TV show.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 10:48 AM   #126
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Hub to test viability of North East turbines
by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal, November 15th 2012


A RESEARCH platform for measuring wind speed and observing sea conditions has this week been installed as part of a pioneering £300m research and development project for the offshore wind industry in the sea off Northumberland. The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has erected the offshore anemometry hub three nautical miles off the coast of Blyth, close to the site of 15 proposed giant wind turbines.

The platform is fitted with the latest technologies for measuring wind resource, observing marine conditions and collecting marine life data. At a height of 103m above sea level, its meteorological mast is among the tallest planned for offshore wind in the UK. The data collected from this instrument will validate conditions on the proposed demonstration site for the world’s next generation of super-powerful turbines.

Andrew Mill, chief executive at Narec, said: “The installation represents a significant step forward in the realisation of the demonstration project, which has been designed to enable the commercialisation of the next generation of offshore wind turbines and their associated structures and electrical network equipment. This is the right time for manufacturers to provide assurance to investors in the sector by building up operating hours on their new designs in a realistic offshore environment.”

The platform has been designed for a 22-year life and its installation on a tripod structure at 37m water depth follows the approach being taken for the installation of wind turbines in deep waters.


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Old November 29th, 2012, 11:24 AM   #127
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Environmental campaigners fight Blyth
Biomass Power Station plan

by David Black, The Journal, November 29th 2012


An artist's impression of the proposed biomass power station at North Blyth

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have questioned the sustainability and efficiency of a £250m biomass power station planned for the Northumberland coastline. Question marks over the green credentials of the 100-megawatt generating plant, proposed for North Blyth, have been raised in evidence submitted to a Government-appointed planning inspector by Friends of the Earth.

Renewable Energy Sy stems (RES) has applied to the Planning Inspectorate for approval to build the plant at Battleship Wharf on the River Blyth – and a formal examination of the bid is being conducted by planning inspector Robert Upton. RES says the facility, which will be fuelled by woodchip, pellets or briquettes, will have the capacity to provide the annual energy needs of 170,000 homes.

Now the North Tyneside branch of Friends of the Earth has submitted evidence to the examination which challenges the company’s claims that the plant will be environmentally friendly. FOTH says the plant fails the sustainability test as it will not be carbon neutral, and will only operate at 30-35% efficiency. It says heat generated by the biomass burning process will not be recycled, but will be discharged as hot water into the River Blyth, raising the temperature at the outfall by 10%.


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Old November 30th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #128
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Northumberland College £9m investment plan
signals start of exciting future.

by David Black, The Journal, November 30th 2012


Stuart Cutforth, principal and chief executive at Northumberland College

A COLLEGE is ready to put its troubled recent history behind it and embark on an exciting new era with a £9m improvement project, its new boss claims. The Journal revealed last week how Northumberland College has successfully bid for almost £3m from the Government’s Skills Funding Agency towards the ambitious revamp of its teaching and learning facilities. The college will match the grant with £6m from its own funds to pay for the package of new build and refurbishments at its campuses in Ashington, and Kirkley Hall near Ponteland.

The work, which will be completed by September 2014, will see £6m invested at Ashington on state-of-the-art construction, engineering and vehicle workshops, refurbished brickwork, plastering, carpentry and painting workshops and new ground floor hair salon, restaurant and enterprise units. At Kirkley Hall, £3m will be spent on new arboriculture and tractor workshops and an education block with eight classrooms, an open learning suite and learning resource centre.

News of the investment comes a year after plans to merge Northumberland College, with NCG, the parent company of Newcastle College, collapsed at the 11th hour. The merger proposal had followed a difficult period for the college, when it suffered funding problems, strike action by staff in protest at job losses, management restructuring and a major review of its business model.


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Old December 11th, 2012, 10:28 AM   #129
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Bedlington' Gallagher Park proving its
popularity in top contest.

by David Black, The Journal, December 11th 2012


PEOPLE WHO USE a much-valued park in one of Northumberland’s biggest towns have helped it win a national popularity contest for green open spaces. Gallagher Park in Bedlington has scooped the Most Loved Field award – which brings with it a trophy and a £500 cash prize. The accolade was handed out in a ceremony at the famous Lords cricket ground – and came after local residents who regularly use the park voted for it in an online poll.

Yesterday there was a double celebration at Gallagher Park, after it was also awarded a £25,000 grant from the Sita Trust’s QEII Fields Fund to pay for improvements to its facilities. A successful bid for the funding was made by the Bedlingtonshire Development Trust, the county council and the Friends of Gallagher Park group. The money will be used to develop mountain bike trails, and provide new furniture, including picnic tables, seats and litter bins, to enhance family visits.

The Most Loved Field competition was run by Fields in Trust, which believes that parks, sports grounds, play areas, bicycle trails and nature reserves should be at the heart of local communities.


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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:21 PM   #130
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Former Seaton Delaval Council Offices

From the News Guardian @ http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/l...play-1-5195325

Plans for £2.5m development to go on display

Published on Wednesday 5 December 2012 09:28

PLANS for a proposed development of new homes in Northumberland are going on show next week.

Arch is investing £2.5m in developing 29 new homes on the site of the former Seaton Delaval council offices.

The purpose-built properties will be available to rent, and range in size from one bedroom apartments to two and three-bedroom houses.

The display will include the site plans and details of proposed house types.

Representatives from Arch and the design team will be on-hand to explain more about the design concepts.

Arch Group managing director Peter McIntyre said: “The demand for quality, low-cost rented properties in Northumberland is currently exceeding the current market supply.

“The new homes will be our first major investment in developing a new rental housing offer in the county.

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Old December 20th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #131
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Seaton Valley Co-op & Tesco at Victoria and Albert pub, Seaton Deleval

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This site has long been earmarked for a small supermarket and fits in with the Blyth Valley Core Strategy. I think a supermarket does make sense for them. A modern improved store with a wider range of lines, ample car parking and a petrol station will attract new customers that would have gone elsewhere for their convenience shopping. Whether it can complement the Avenue Head store remains to be seen. How does it relate in size to the Avenue Head store?

Incidentally, I notice that Tesco resubmitted their application for the Victoria and Albert pub a couple of months back. I missed that.

12/01157/FUL | Resubmission: Erection of 108 sq.m rear extension, new shopfront, service yard enclosure and car park layout alterations | Victoria And Albert Inn Seaton Terrace Seaton Delaval Whitley Bay Northumberland NE25 0AT

http://publicaccess.northumberland.g...=M2EOSVQS2L000
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1 Tesco ATM element turned down leading to possibility full scheme may be abandoned

2 Seaton Valley Co-op given permission

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Old December 21st, 2012, 12:50 AM   #132
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Thats good, Tesco's are getting too much of a foothold here, even though I'm not a fan of Coop at least they will offer an alternative to them.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 07:22 PM   #133
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Thats good, Tesco's are getting too much of a foothold here, even though I'm not a fan of Coop at least they will offer an alternative to them.
It's not the Co-op, it's the Seaton Valley Co-operative Society. There is already a Seaton Valley Co-op store in Seaton Delaval so the only store they'll provide an alternative to is their own.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 09:30 PM   #134
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It's not the Co-op, it's the Seaton Valley Co-operative Society. There is already a Seaton Valley Co-op store in Seaton Delaval so the only store they'll provide an alternative to is their own.
Then in that case it's good to see a local firm taking a hold of the general store. Even though I work for one of these companies who are moving into the "local" store area I value how we still need independent and local alternatives.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 11:15 PM   #135
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The plans for the Seaton Valley Co-Operative development were revised to include provision for vehicular and pedestrian access should a rail station be sited next to the development. AFAIK this is the first resent to include provision for the reintroduction of passenger services on the ABT.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 10:30 PM   #136
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Bring back B&Ms back to cramlington

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Old January 26th, 2013, 10:18 AM   #137
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New Morrisons stores create 100 jobs for Blyth and Morpeth
by David Black, The Journal, January 26th 2013


MORE than 100 new jobs are on the way to Northumberland as a retail giant prepares to open massive new superstores in two neighbouring towns. The new state-of-the-art Morrisons stores in Blyth and Morpeth represent an investment by the company totaling around £35m. They are replacing two existing and much smaller supermarkets, safeguarding hundreds of jobs and creating more than 100 new ones.

The new £15m Morrisons superstore in Blyth town centre will open its doors to customers on Monday and will be about 60% bigger than the one it has replaced on the same Regent Street site. It will provide 59 new jobs and is aimed at helping to regenerate Blyth by creating an anchor shopping facility to retain more people and their spending power. Morrisons worked with Jobcentre Plus and the Northumberland College to ensure that 37 of the new posts went to people who were previously unemployed, even running a pre-employment course for people to get experience of working in a supermarket. The rest of the 221 staff have transferred from the old store.

They are part of Morrisons flagship Store of the Future concept – and incorporate the latest “misting” technology to keep produce fresh for customers. The Blyth store will open its doors at 9am on Monday, when representatives from Morrisons official charity partner, Save the Children, will help cut a ribbon. General manager, Ian Brocklehurst, said: “One of the best things about the new store is that it retains all of the best parts of the old one, alongside new additions like the cafe and oven fresh counter. We’re all looking forward to showing our loyal customers around the new store, as well as welcoming new shoppers into Blyth.”


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Old January 27th, 2013, 02:07 AM   #138
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Wow I can't believe that it has come around so quickly, I was on my placement year with Northumberland County Council when the Morrisons application came in and was approved. I helped undertake the site visit for the councillors and then attended the compulsory purchase order enquiry for the store and the planning committee which approved the application. It's amazing how quickly they can out these building up once they start building.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 10:06 AM   #139
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Port Blyth New Biomass Plant

A link to the National Infrastructure Planning site which sets out some scoping documents for the proposed Port Blyth New Biomass Plant @ http://infrastructure.planningportal...Biomass-Plant/

The application by North Blyth Energy Limited (the Applicant) is for development consent to construct and operate the proposed biomass power station at Battleship Wharf, Port of Blyth, Northumberland

The development proposal comprises the construction and operation of a biomass power station at Battleship Wharf, Port of Blyth, Northumberland with a boiler house (up to 65 metres in height); steam turbine building; chimney stack (up to 105 metres in height); water treatment plant; control building; condenser; water abstracted from the River Blyth Estuary to cool the condenser and outfall discharging the cooling water into the North Sea; biomass fuel storage buildings; a biomass fuel preparation area and conveyors; and grid connection to the Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited substation at the former Blyth Power Station site by way of underground cables. ##

The proposed biomass power station will be located on the spit of land between the River Blyth Estuary and the North Sea, between the settlements of North Blyth and Cambois on the area of land known as Battleship Wharf.

The cooling water intake will be located under the existing Berth 4 at Battleship Wharf and will protrude through the existing river wall to allow water from the River Blyth Estuary to be extracted. The cooling water outfall will be connected via a new pipeline directionally drilled from the main power station buildings, passing under the North Blyth Road, railway, dune area, beach and seabed to discharge the water into the North Sea.

Electricity will be exported from the biomass power station by way of underground cables adjacent or underneath the highway of North Blyth Road to Cambois Roundabout and then underneath the highway of the C415 to the entrance of the former Blyth Power Station site, then heading south to the Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited (NPG) substation at the former Blyth Power Station site, which is adjacent to the existing National Grid substation
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Government delay is hitting Narec wind farm bid
by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal, February 6th 2013


Narec says wind farm projects could be thwarted by the delayed Energy Bill

THE firm behind the UK's largest research and development project for the offshore wind industry says multi-million-pound wind farm projects in the North Sea could be thwarted by the Government's delayed Energy Bill. The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has pioneered a £300m offshore demonstration project which, if approved, will see 15 giant turbines built in the sea off Northumberland.

Narec submitted an application for the necessary Marine Management Organisation (MMO) approval in March last year for permission to construct the development. The application process is expected to be complete by the first quarter of the year and it is hoped that preparatory work on the construction phase will start this summer.

The 15 turbines, which will be connected to the grid but will not operate as a commercial wind farm, will be built 1km apart and in water depths of between 35- 60m. Although Narec has already begun talks with major manufacturers to collaborate on the build-out of the 100MW Blyth Offshore Demonstration Project, it says the Government’s delayed electricity market reform could effect the multi- million-pound test facility’s long-term future.


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