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Old February 17th, 2010, 05:41 PM   #101
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I don't even know why Brown is even trying any more, he is absolutely ****ed.
To be honest he wouldn't even need to try in the NE, he could try his best to screw everything up (which it looks like he has) and he would still be voted in up here in the NE.

To be honest I myself would love to see an inquiry into the vote counting in Sunderland, noone can count votes as fast as they do with the usual Labour win, the amount of votes makes it impossible, so I'm sure it's rigged here.

I know someone who voted at the last minute and by the time he got home the vote count from Sunderland was already in.

Anyway do we have a politics in Newcastle thread?, or is their one to be made?, since we are coming up to the elections and it's sort of going off the topic of this thread.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #102
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Sounds like a good idea to me.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #103
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To be honest he wouldn't even need to try in the NE, he could try his best to screw everything up (which it looks like he has) and he would still be voted in up here in the NE.

To be honest I myself would love to see an inquiry into the vote counting in Sunderland, noone can count votes as fast as they do with the usual Labour win, the amount of votes makes it impossible, so I'm sure it's rigged here.

I know someone who voted at the last minute and by the time he got home the vote count from Sunderland was already in.

Anyway do we have a politics in Newcastle thread?, or is their one to be made?, since we are coming up to the elections and it's sort of going off the topic of this thread.
Yeah sounds like a good idea, then we can keep other threads, like this one, on topic.
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Old February 17th, 2010, 06:25 PM   #104
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Gordon Brown is in town tomorrow to make a major announcement about the offshore wind turbine development at Walker.
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I take it you read Guido's site?
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I take it you read Guido's site?
Doesn't everyone?
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Old February 18th, 2010, 11:39 AM   #110
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Funding for Waygood Gallery has been axed
A CONTROVERSIAL art gallery has had its funding axed after city leaders hit out at management "deficiencies".

Bosses at the Waygood Gallery have been told they are unlikely to receive further cash from the Arts Council North East and Newcastle City Council.

The decision comes three months after an employment tribunal revealed claims of failed management practices at the gallery.

Waygood’s senior team were responsible for taking forward a multi-million pound project to open a gallery on Newcastle’s High Bridge.

But the venue’s leadership saw the project hit long delays which saw costs rise by at least Ł2.7m – and the taxpayer has had to foot the bill.

Newcastle Council last night said the gallery team no longer provided “value for money”.

Despite handing in a new business plan last month, Waygood have been told there is no confidence they can be trusted with public funds after the overall bill went up by Ł6m.

In November an employment tribunal ruled that gallery chief executive Helen Smith had wrongly dismissed a member of staff who had claimed he was fired for personal reasons.

Following that civic bosses asked for a full review of the gallery’s business plan.

Last night the decision was taken to drop the gallery and find a new partner to run the project.

In a statement Newcastle Council said: “The city council shares the concerns of Arts Council England over deficiencies in Waygood’s strategic and management capability. Also, its capacity to deliver the business plan as highlighted by the independent governance review.

“The plan lacks robustness and does not adequately demonstrate a capacity to deal with risk, future uncertainties or to generate the growth required in the long term to ensure value for public money.

“Therefore the city council has decided that it cannot move forward with Waygood as the operator.

“We will seek to negotiate a resolution with Waygood that will allow us to move forward and make alternative arrangements for operating the gallery and studios.” And Arts Council North East bosses added to the gallery’s troubles.

A spokeswoman said: “The Arts Council have formally notified Waygood that we are considering withdrawing revenue funding from the organisation. This is because we consider that Waygood has failed to adequately address our serious concerns about their governance, business planning ability and capacity to work in partnership.

“We have a duty to carefully monitor the organisations we invest in to ensure that they are performing well and delivering best possible value for the public. It is because we take these responsibilities seriously that we are taking this action.”

A final decision on gallery funding will be made by Arts Council bosses at a regional meeting on March 31.

Last night gallery sources indicated they may have been the “fall guy” for failings elsewhere in the project. The council has previously admitted failings leading to a spending overrun were in part down to their handling.

A Waygood spokeswoman said: “Waygood staff and board are very disappointed to learn that Newcastle City Council and Arts Council England, North East have, at this late stage of a five-year relationship, chosen to not continue to support Waygood. The independent review, which they commissioned, recommended the low-risk option was to work pro-actively to build capacity within Waygood to create a thriving arts organisation on High Bridge.

“Neither have they followed the review’s recommendations to offer immediate business planning support, management, training and assistance with board renewal, despite Waygood complying with the recommendation of change of chair of the board, who has now been confirmed as Ivor Stolliday, previously acting director of BALTIC.”

Newcastle Labour councillor Nick Kemp last night said the decision brought “sad end to a very sad affair”.

He added: “It would seem that there have been significant problems throughout, and now finally the Waygood Gallery face the full blame. I can see no attachment of blame placed at the City Council, which is amazing as they were the project managers.”
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Old February 18th, 2010, 02:32 PM   #111
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PRIME Minister Gordon Brown today signalled an industrial revolution on the Tyne, with the potential to create thousands of jobs for generations of Geordies.

The PM was in Newcastle to announce a deal that will see the world’s largest wind turbine blades produced on the site of former shipyards.

American firm Clipper Windpower will make the 72m propellers in a factory being built by Shepherd Offshore, in Walker Riverside, in Newcastle’s East End.

The 4,000 square metre facility is the UK’s first offshore wind turbine manufacturing factory and will produce blades for wind farms to be located off our coastline.

An initial wave of 500 jobs will be created when Clipper moves on to the site by the end of the year, with thousands more to follow as the UK continues in its quest to hit strict targets for the amount of energy generated from renewable sources.

Mr Brown, who travelled to Tyneside to make the ground-breaking announcement, told the Chronicle: “This is a great day for the East of Newcastle, the North East as a whole and for the global fight against climate change.

“The essential work of tackling climate change brings with it new ways of doing things, which in turn brings with it new jobs.

“Today’s announcement is clear evidence of new, green industries, being firmly established in the UK.”

He added: “I welcome Clipper’s ground-breaking announcement to build the largest wind turbine blade in the world on the banks of the Tyne.

“The UK is a global leader in offshore wind power and the North East is at the forefront in providing the skills, expertise and enterprise to capitalise on this rapidly expanding market, which has the potential to create thousands of future green jobs.”

Clipper Windpower are world leaders in the green energy sector and the Government has already accepted its “Britannia” prototype as the desired model for turbines that will be used in offshore wind farms off the UK coastline.

Based on Government targets for the amount of energy generated by renewable sources by 2020, around 6,500 turbines will need to be made.

The new factory is being built by marine giants Shepherd Offshore on the site of the former Neptune shipyard.

Negotiations over attracting Clipper to Tyneside have taken nearly two years, with regional development agency One North East playing a key role.

The organisation has also invested Ł2.1m in land remediation to allow the factory to be built.

Mr Brown today visited the site with Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband for a special event to mark the announcement.

Addressing guests in a marquee on the site of the facility, Shepherd Offshore director and ex-Toon chairman Freddy Shepherd said: “Today is a very important day for us and we believe it is a very important day for the city of Newcastle, the North East and the country.

“We have a vision and an ambition of the North East and particularly the River Tyne being the centre of a great new industry.

“This industry will build on our proud history, our skills and our ambition.

“We are determined that we will create here the very best location for the international offshore wind industry.”

It is hoped once Clipper begins making the blades – which are 72m long and weigh more than 30 tonnes – more industrial space on the banks of Tyne can be used to manufacture other key components, such as turbine foundations, towers and motors. It has already been announced the world’s largest turbine test facility will be based in Blyth.

North East minister Nick Brown said: “I am really proud of the effort that has been put in by Shepherd Offshore and Clipper, along with One North East, to bring these new green jobs to the East of Newcastle.”

Mr Brown, who represents the Newcastle East and Wallsend constituency where the new factory is located, added: “This is a new industry for us that will generate employment for generations to come. This is a great day for Tyneside.”

James Dehlsen, chairman of Clipper, said: “Today marks an exciting and important milestone in achieving the Britannia Project blade requirements. Over the next few years, with the development of the Britannia turbine the UK will benefit through the supply of electricity based on its abundant offshore wind energy resource, and also with economic activity related to turbine manufacturing, offshore installation, and long term operations and servicing.

“The offshore wind market in the UK is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting sectors in global renewable energy industry.”

Alan Clarke, chief executive of One North East, said: “Today marks the first stage in the creation of what we believe will be thousands of new manufacturing jobs in the offshore wind sector, founded on the North East’s skills and ready-made sites.

“It also marks the culmination of the agency’s long-term strategy to develop this industry here. This announcement is a significant step forward for our vision to establish North East England as a European hub for the fabrication, assembly and delivery of offshore wind turbines.”

It is hoped the deal will breathe fresh life into shipyards left empty by the demise of heavy industry and has gained widespread backing on Tyneside.

Newcastle City Council chief executive Barry Rowland said: “This demonstrates how the hard the council is working to facilitate inward investment through partnership, supporting local businesses and strengthening the regional economy.

“As the UK’s most sustainable city, we are already at the forefront of innovation in renewable technologies and we have the opportunity as a designated low carbon region to breathe new life into the banks of the Tyne.”

Council leader Coun John Shipley, said: “This is excellent news.

“The Prime Minister’s personal support for these developments in renewable energy is strongly welcomed.

“The Tyne has a proud history and we have a shared vision about how the river can be reborn as a centre of excellence for green energy.”

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Old February 18th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #112
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Yeah great news. I was just looking at the Clipper website and apparently these new wind turbines will be as big as the Gherkin in London.
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I cant find the story but in the chronicle the other day there was a piece about how a Tyneside firm is supplying the paint for the US Navy's latest ship.
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I cant find the story but in the chronicle the other day there was a piece about how a Tyneside firm is supplying the paint for the US Navy's latest ship.
Presumably Akzo Nobel at Felling?
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Yeah great news. I was just looking at the Clipper website and apparently these new wind turbines will be as big as the Gherkin in London.
holy shit. that's mental. would be great to have some of them located off the coast of newcastle.
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Old February 18th, 2010, 07:13 PM   #116
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Presumably Akzo Nobel at Felling?
Ive no idea but you could be right. Im sure this ship is made out of steel from 9/11 too so its quite an honour. Wish i could find the story though.
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Old February 18th, 2010, 08:39 PM   #117
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Found the story:

North East scientists treat poignant 9/11 memorial



The USS New York, which is coated in paint designed on Tyneside.

Scientists in the North East have played their part in the creation of a US Navy vessel built from steel recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Centre as a poignant reminder of the events of 9/11.

The USS New York, which made its maiden voyage late last year, has been treated by specialist marine paint developed on Tyneside at International Paint’s Felling plant.

The vessel is coated with over 100,000 gallons of specialist marine paint which was developed at the company’s research and technology centre on the South bank of the Tyne.

The bow of the ship has been built with 7.5 tonnes of steel from the World Trade Centre.

“We are honoured that our products have been chosen to be used on this symbolic vessel,” said a company spokesperson.

International Paint is the largest private-sector employer in Gateshead and is currently in the process of investing Ł6.4m in a new testing laboratory for its fire protection products.

The new facility, due to be completed next year, will create 14 jobs, and secure a further 30 at the site.

The company supplies military and commercial clients all over the world with fire protection coatings, used to protect steel structures such as buildings and oil and gas installations and ships.
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Good to see some serious industry still in the region - and some new industry coming in.

I'm a little dubious about Clipper though. How many times have we had a big foreign firm set up a production facility/plant in the region and then shift it when the subsidies run out and cheaper sites/labour can be found elsewhere? It's just a shame that in a country blessed with so much potential for offshore wind, we can't start our own turbine companies.
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Old February 19th, 2010, 10:47 AM   #119
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Clipper reveals how 500 jobs will be built on the Tyne
Feb 19 2010 by Adrian Pearson, The Journal



THE River Tyne is set to return to life after Clipper revealed a plan to create 500 jobs sending two turbines a week along the waterway.

The Clipper Windpower Marine factory is to be built on the former Neptune factory site now owned by Freddy Shepherd.

Gordon Brown yesterday kick-started work on the site which, by 2012, will be producing what are expected to be the world’s largest wind turbines.

The blades will form turbines the size of the Eiffel Tower with a wingspan the size of Big Ben, all providing energy from North Sea wind.

As business leaders and cabinet ministers mingled at the North East Economic Forum’s annual conference in Durham, the team from Clipper set out their vision for a new generation of work on the banks of the River Tyne.

James Dehlsen, the American chairman of Clipper Windpower, told delegates at the Ramside Hall Hotel that the North East was the ideal place to build offshore turbines weighing 2,500 tonnes “from top to ocean floor”.

Mike Hanley, contract manager at the Crown Estates, said the turbines would be used on the Dogger Bank section of the North Sea.

“This is capable of generating 10 gigawatts of energy at least. What we mean there is about 10% of the United Kingdom’s energy needs in this patch. We think we can get around 3,000 turbines on this site. We have a huge patch. If you mapped it on to the North it would cover it from Blackpool to Newcastle.”

Mr Dehlsen said this opportunity, coupled with key regional support, is what brought Clipper to Tyneside.

He added: “With the support we got from development agency One North East and the tremendous testing facility at Blyth, it really is pretty irresistible for companies that want to engage in offshore.

“I struggle with comparisons, but some time ago HMS Northumberland was launched from the Tyne. That, 133m long, had a displacement of 3,500 tonnes.

“We are shipping out parts using 4,400 tonnes of steel.

“So, that should let you know that we are shipping out a frigate worth of steel every week. And that is just a small piece of this.”

That steel comparison came as Lord Mandelson brought only small cheer to Teesside with a Ł3.8m apprentice scheme.

John Barton, director at Renew, the agency set up with Government cash to ensure businesses can introduce green energy jobs, said the energy secretary should have explained why jobs were being lost in Teesside when steel is needed in Tyneside.

He said: “How can we have a multi-million pound industry using hundreds of tonnes of steel here and yet jobs are going at a place that makes steel in Teesside. I can’t square that circle.”

Energy Secretary Ed Miliband could only offer hope that the UK would have a role to play in producing “the types of steel” needed for future turbines.

But James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, said of the Clipper deal: “We welcome this announcement which is an illustration of the strong position the North East is in, proving that we can be a leader, not only in the UK, but on a global stage for the future of renewables.”
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There's going to be some mighty long boats in the river then!!
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