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Old October 30th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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NORTHUMBERLAND Area Developments - Areas of Northumberland NOT covered on the Newcastle Metro Area Forum

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There is a discussion taking place in the 'Forum Issues' section of SSC, regarding the possibilty of a "South of England" Sub-forum being set up.

HERE - https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1243069

Both myself and Chris have got involved a little bit, in the discussion.

I have been spreading the word about our North East England sub-forum in the discussion, while offering some advice as to possible "structures" that could be adopted by a South Sub Forum.

As part of that discussion, it was mentioned that there could well be some areas of The South, that would not easily be covered by any of the suggested City-Region Internal Forums, and I said that those areas could still use the 'communal area' that would be available beneath the internal forums - if they chose to have internal forums!

In other words, the equivalent area to this area here, where this thread is.

It made me wonder if there were any geographical parts of North East England, not really covered by our four internal forums, that we could utilise our own 'communal area' for?

AN EXAMPLE . . .

The remit of the 'Newcastle Metro Area' Forum, includes South Northumberland, and to that end we have "Area Developments" threads on there for places like Blyth and Cramlington, and as far North as Morpeth. We also have the 'Tyne Valley' covered on its own Developments thread, for places like Prudhoe and Hexham.

Now, I'm sure we would happily cover on the Newcastle Forum, areas of Northumberland further West than Prudhoe/Hexham, and further North than Morpeth.

However (in the spirit of the discussions about "The South Sub-Forum") I just wondered if we might take the opportunity of similarly making better use of this 'communal area' of our forum, to cover areas not immediately identifiable as being part of our four internal forums.

So . . .

I thought I would kick it off with a Northumberland Area Developments - Areas and Subjects NOT being covered on the "Newcastle" Forum thread!


In conclusion:


1 - Do people agree that there are areas we could cover here, and that it would be a good idea to more utilise this area of our sub-forum?

2 - Can anyone think of any other 'areas' (from North Lincolnshire up through Teesside and Durham, etc) not seemingly included in our four internal forums, where issues of relevance to us on SSC could be happening, that we could set up a 'Developments type' thread for in this communal area?


PLEASE REPLY ON THE "North East Forum Admin" THREAD.

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Old October 31st, 2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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Work under way on historic Alnwick building
October 22nd 2010, by Brian Daniel, The Journal



WORK to transform a historic Northumberland building into a youth hostel is set to begin.

The Alnwick Community Development Trust is behind the project to convert the former council-owned social services offices in the town into a four-star hostel.

There will be 15 rooms with en-suite accommodation for up to 57 visitors in the development on Green Batt.

The premises will include both in-house and self-catering facilities, as well as a meeting room for hire that will also double up as a classroom for groups using the hostel.

Alnwick Community Development Trust will manage the hostel and is to buy the building, which includes the 1856 Alnwick court house. The £810,000 required has been secured, with money from the trust, the Rural Development Programme for England, and loans from Triodos Bank and the Duke of Northumberland.

Planning permission was granted by Northumberland County Council earlier this month.


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Heritage grant to help Berwick develop
October 15th 2010, by Tony Henderson, The Journal



ANOTHER crucial piece in the heritage-led regeneration of a historic town fell into place yesterday.

The Heritage Lottery Fund announced a grant of £600,000 for the At the Crossroads project in Berwick, Northumberland. The investment is part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative which funds the regeneration of historic areas with social and economic needs.

Buildings on West Street, Eastern Lane and Bridge End will benefit from the grant, which is a boost for Berwick’s Future Regeneration Strategy.

The At the Crossroads venture complements the nearby £4.7m scheme to restore the 19th-Century listed Dewar’s Lane Granary, which is due for completion early next year.

The building had been empty for years, had been damaged by fire, and was threatened with demolition.

Now the Youth Hostels Association will give it a new life and it will also incorporate a gallery and cafe.

More heritage upgrades are in the pipeline from two English Heritage Conservation Area Partnership Schemes which have also recently started in Bridge Street and Castlegate.

The crossroads and partnerships schemes will result in an investment total of £1.9m which is likely to rise to £2.3m with input from private owners.


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Boss refuses to give up on his dreams
November 4th 2010, by Paul Tully, The Journal


AN entrepreneur, refused permission to create a flagship holiday complex in rural Northumberland, is to fight the case at an appeal.

Sherod Walker’s ambitious plans for a holiday and equestrian centre at Ridsdale, were thrown out by county planners in June – despite widespread support and an official recommendation to give the go-ahead.

Now the 25-year-old Northumbrian has officially lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate – and is setting a target date of mid-2012 to have the Waterfalls Country Estate up and running.

The eco-friendly complex, next to the A68, would include 18 holiday chalets, three cottages, a 16-horse equestrian centre and carriage house, a lake, fitness suite, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, shop and combined heat and power plant.

The scheme, which would create 106 construction jobs and 67 full-time posts, originally gained support from naturalist David Bellamy, Northumberland Tourism, economic development experts and 300 local people.

But the scheme was rejected on the basis of visual impact. Mr Walker told The Journal: “That is now the basis of our appeal. They say there is a visual impact – and we say there isn’t.


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Council could now face cuts of up to £50m
November 5th 2010, by David Black, The Journal



A WARNING has been sounded over “horrendous” budget cuts in Northumberland next year as the full extent of the potential savings required by the Government becomes clearer.

County council bosses have been working on the assumption that they will have to find about £30m in further efficiency savings in 2011/12.

Now members of the unitary authority have been told that the latest signals from Ministers suggest it could be much worse than that – with cuts of between £47m and £50m needing to be found.

Lib Dem leaders are already seeking to shed about 1,000 council posts this year and next, and now even more jobs could have to go.

There is almost certain to be further pressure on services such as libraries, leisure centres, roads and care of the elderly, as well as on management and administrative costs.

Yesterday county councillors approved a £10m package of in-year savings for 2010/11 ordered by the Government – which involves the loss of 85 jobs, most of which it is hoped will be achieved through voluntary redundancy or vacancy control.

However, they were also warned that much more pain is to come. The authority is likely to have to trim its £450m budget by about £100m over the next four years, with up to half of that having to be found in 2011/12. Coun Andrew Tebbutt, executive member for corporate resources, said: “The estimates at present are that instead of a £30m saving next year, it could be £47m to £50m, and that is truly horrendous.

“Local government is being front- loaded and we are going to have a hell of a struggle. If we have to make 14% savings next year, that could mean very, very significant cuts.”

The £10m package of in-year savings includes cuts to the Connexions service budget for young people, the Supporting People programme, adult services, regeneration and the transformation agenda.


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Protest over plans for Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
November 8th 2010, by David Black, The Journal



CHANGES planned to the traditional heart of a Northumberland seaside town are being opposed by scores of local people and visitors.

A scheme to “de-clutter” the central piazza area next to the promenade in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea involves the demolition of its decades-old bandstand and the removal of colourful floor mosaics designed with the help of local schoolchildren.

The project – part of a townscape improvement plan for the coastal community – aims to make the area more open and create extra space for outdoor events and activities.

However, the proposed removal of the bandstand and mosaics has sparked a protest petition to council chiefs signed by 132 people.

They say the bandstand is a well-loved and traditional feature of the seaside resort, while the 1990s mosaics are valued artwork which involved local youngsters.

The petition has been organised by local resident Eva Hartley, vice-chairman of the Newbiggin Community Partnership and a member of the KEAP Creative group of artists. She said: “The original plans for the piazza area involved the refurbishment of the old bandstand, then all of a sudden they were changed to a proposal to demolish and get rid of it, which is a completely different thing.

“Newbiggin has had a bandstand since the 1930s and traditional seaside resorts have all got bandstands. We should be building on that tradition, not destroying it.

“We are trying to revamp Newbiggin as a visitor destination, and people feel strongly that this all needs to be consulted on again. The petition has been signed by quite a few musicians who have played in the bandstand on Sundays this summer, and who feel it is perfectly fit for purpose.

“The mosaics in the piazza form part of an art trail we have developed, and we feel removing them does not send out the right message about the value of work by children. The three local schools all helped put them in years ago.”

The protest petition will be discussed by the county council’s south east area committee on Wednesday. A report to the committee says the proposals for the Quay Wall area were drawn up last year, and have been the subject of public consultation.

It says the area is “over-endowed with generic heritage street furniture”, including the bandstand, bollards and trellis shelters. The aim of the scheme is to create a focal point, provide more open space for events and re-connect the beach and promenade to the town centre.


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Chemistry just not right for park plan
November 11th 2010, by Paul Tully, The Journal


A Caravan Park’s extension plans could be set to disappear down the pipeline.

An ethylene pipeline runs across the Border Forest Caravan Park site at Cottonshopeburnfoot, in north Northumberland, and the Health and Safety Executive says that makes it too dangerous for people to camp nearby.

Ethylene is a highly flammable gaseous compound used in industry, and the pipeline, from Grangemouth to Wilton on Teesside, is too great a risk, the HSE says.

Now county planners are being recommended to refuse the extension application from park owners Mike and Angela Flanagan on safety grounds.

The caravan park, close to the A68 near Otterburn, has already run into trouble with villagers in Cottonshopeburnfoot.

They are objecting to the plans because of noise, disturbance, flood risk, safety, road access and the impact on landscape and protected species.

The site is claimed to be populated by bats and other nesting birds as well as the adder and common lizard.

Geoff Taylor of Cottonshopeburnfoot, who lives close to the site, said: “There’s a 50-metre exclusion area either side of the pipeline and we have argued all along over it.

“It has been there about 20 years – before the caravan park was ever there – and it is visible in parts although it is mostly underground.”


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Protesters go green in bid to stop plan
November 11th 2010, by Brian Daniel, The Journal


OPPONENTS of controversial plans to build houses beside a picturesque Northumberland harbour are preparing a move they hope will thwart the scheme.

The Save Beadnell Association is working on applications to have the two pieces of land earmarked for development registered as village greens. If successful, the association’s proposals could prevent any development on the sites, scuppering the homes plan.

The move means a decision on the plans for the housing cannot be made until the village green bids are determined.

Last night, the move was blasted by backers of the scheme.

It is the latest twist in a dispute involving the association and the Beadnell Fishermen’s Society, since the latter unveiled plans earlier this year to build four houses, three at The Haven and one at White Rock.

The society said the houses were being proposed in order to generate the money it needs to fund the maintenance of the harbour.

But opposition to the plans was voiced by Beadnell Parish Council and local residents, with petitions being created and the association being formed.

Objectors said the homes would ruin the appearance of the area and the association offered to buy the harbour and take over its maintenance.

Last month, the society announced it was reducing the number of homes proposed, from four to three – removing one of those at The Haven, in order to reduce the impact of the scheme.

At a meeting earlier this month, the parish council voiced its opposition to the amended scheme, which is due to be considered soon by Northumberland County Council.

But now, the association is preparing its applications for village green status, which will also be submitted to the council.


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Northumberland turbine ruling sparks anger
November 13th 2010, by Brian Daniel, The Journal



CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm in the Northumberland countryside have been given final approval, after pleas to re-open a public inquiry were ignored.

The Government has announced it is giving full consent to plans for 16 turbines, 125m high, on the Ray Estate, near Kirkwhelplington, despite Newcastle Airport and local objectors having asked for another chance to comment.

The 56-megawatt project from Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd was announced in 2005, but due to its size a decision on it would have to be made by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, rather than local councillors.

Objections came from residents, parish councils, and the Campaign for Responsible Energy Development in Tynedale (CREDIT) group – all of whom were concerned at the impact on the landscape.

The scheme was also opposed by the airport, the Ministry of Defence, and National Air Traffic Services (NATS), who said that the turbines would interfere with radar in the area.

The Ray project was heard at an 11-month public inquiry which ended in December 2008, alongside applications for wind farms at Green Rigg and Steadings. In March, then secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Miliband announced he was minded to consent the Ray project – against the advice of his planning inspector.

He proposed a condition preventing construction work beginning until a solution to the radar issues is ready to be implemented.

The inspector who heard the inquiry had recommended the project be refused because he believed there was little prospect of that solution being ready within the five years the developer would have to begin work.

Mr Miliband announced he was basing his decision on new evidence which had come to light since the inquiry.

The new Labour party leader offered interested parties the chance to make written submissions or to request that the inquiry be re-opened.

Requests for a re-think or the re-opening of the inquiry came in from the airport, NATS, CREDIT and a local vicar.

But now Mr Miliband’s successor, Charles Hendry, has ruled that the final consent, with the radar condition, can be given, ignoring the objectors’ pleas.


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Newbiggin-by-the-Sea bandstand plan on hold
November 13th 2010, by David Black, The Journal



PEOPLE in a seaside town at the centre of a major tourism drive are to be re-consulted on plans which would see the loss of its traditional bandstand.

A fresh consultation exercise is to be carried out on a scheme to “de-clutter” the central piazza area next to the promenade in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, after scores of people objected to the proposed changes.

The project – which aims to make the area more open and create extra space for outdoor events – involves the demolition of the metal bandstand and the removal of colourful floor mosaics which were designed with the help of local children.

Some 132 people have signed a protest petition organised by local resident Eva Hartley, vice-chairman of the Newbiggin Community Partnership. They believe the bandstand is a well-loved and traditional feature of the seaside resort, while the 1990s mosaics are valued artwork and part of a local arts trail.

Initial public consultations on the scheme were based on the bandstand being refurbished and retained. However, this was changed to demolition only after local people had made their comments.

In response to the petition, the county council’s south east area committee has agreed to run a new consultation exercise before a final decision is taken.

Ms Hartley said: “I would want the bandstand and mosaics to stay in the piazza. However, if the people of Newbiggin are properly consulted and then prefer them to go, I will be happy with that decision.

“Local people have not yet been given the chance to see the plans for the piazza area without the bandstand there.

“The new consultation should follow the same process as the initial one.

“Newbiggin has had a bandstand since the 1930s. We should be building on that tradition, not destroying it.”


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Lights shine bright for North pioneer Lord Armstrong
November 13th 2010, by Brian Daniel, The Journal



A NORTHUMBERLAND estate was lit up last night as part of a series of events to celebrate its creator’s bicentenary.

Northumberland Lights Festival Team launched an illuminated trail at Cragside, near Rothbury, one of a number of events and activities to mark 200 years since the birth of Lord Armstrong.

In association with Cragside’s owners, the National Trust, Northumberland Lights has set up the 1km trail around Nelly Moss North lake.

The trail features sound and light installations and interactive displays which can be seen on illuminated walks after dark.

The works reflect the life and times of one of the North East’s most influential sons under the title Engineering Dreams.

They include material from underwater recordings, electrical and mechanical devices from the Cragside estate and from the words of Lord Armstrong’s inaugural address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1863.

The path is illuminated by 2,000 lights, nine kilometres of cable and four generators fuelled by bio-diesel - with Northumberland Lights inspired by Lord Armstrong’s use of renewable energy.

As well as the trail, visitors will discover a replica of one of Armstrong’s sculptures on Tumbleton Lake.

Zoe Bottrell, director of Northumberland Lights, said: “Our main area of work this year is to help the National Trust celebrate the bicentenary of Lord Armstrong and we have taken our inspiration from a diary entry that was taken from 1884 when the future King of England, the Prince of Wales, came to the estate to visit Lord Armstrong and the estate was decorated with lanterns and thereafter a firework display in his honour.

“The illumination trail is our 2010 contemporary version of that lantern trail through the estate.

“We have been in development since about February this year, working on designs and working with the estate on stories of Lord Armstrong and all the inspiration that we can take so that the work we do is really embedded in the inspiration of Cragside.”

The displays will be in place until November 28.


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Reversing fortunes of region's woods
November 16th 2010, by Tony Henderson, The Journal



LANDOWNER Nick Ridley is backing a bid to restore ancient woodland in Northumberland.

Mr Ridley, whose family has farmed the Park End Estate near Hexham in Northumberland for over 200 years, is among the first in the North East of England to sign up for a new Forestry Commission grant scheme aimed at reversing the fortunes of the region’s oldest woodland.

A survey revealed that more than 80% of Northumberland’s ancient woods were in a poor condition.

Further studies in the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty found that 43 of the 94 woods surveyed also required urgent restoration.

Threats included under-management, overgrazing and planting with conifer trees in the 20th Century, when the push was on to expand the nation’s timber reserves drained by two world wars.

Now the Forestry Commission has joined forces with The Woodland Trust in a project to restore such sites in Northumberland.

Grants worth up to 80% of restoration costs are on offer together with funding and expertise in drawing up a management blueprint and overseeing work.

The scheme has allowed Mr Ridley to turn the uneconomic felling of thousands of conifers on ancient woods on his land into a viable proposition.

He has been allocated £33,500 over five years, with harvesting work starting soon.

He said: “Many conifers were planted on really difficult and steep terrain and getting them out isn’t going to be easy. But their removal will allow native species like ash and oak to thrive and also spark the return of ground flora associated with ancient woods.


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Bid to build houses at Beadnell Harbour
Nov 18 2010 by Brian Daniel, The Journal


A RELATIVE of a man who gifted a harbour in Northumberland to local fishermen has attacked them for seeking to build houses beside it.

Joanna Nichols is the niece of Sir John Craster who donated the harbour at Beadnell to village fishing families in 1951, giving them neighbouring land in 1974.

The fishermen are now seeking to build houses on neighbouring land in order to generate the money they need to fund the maintenance of the harbour.

However, their plans have been attacked by Mrs Nichols, who claims they go against the spirit of her uncle’s gift and has accused the fishermen of letting Sir John down.

She has also highlighted the placing of a permanent covenant on the land to prevent development, although the fishermen last night claimed this had been discarded by Sir John’s direct family when it was told of the current plans.

Mrs Nichols, 69, was brought up in the Craster area and now lives in Alabama in America. She owns homes near the harbour and some land adjoining the development site, and visits Northumberland at least once a year.

She said: “I understood there to be a covenant on the land which protected it from future development.

“My uncle, Sir John, was a naturalist and conservationist with a strong love for and interest in the heritage of Northumberland. I expect that he gifted the land to the Beadnell Fisherman’s Society to ensure that Beadnell’s fishing heritage would continue and to ensure that the beautiful coastline would be protected in perpetuity.


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Hexham solar scheme given the chance to shine
November 19th 2010, by Paul Tully, The Journal


PLANNERS have agreed to visit the proposed site for a huge solar energy development after being told that it has the potential to map the country’s low-carbon future.

Farm owner Christopher Porter wants to install 18 solar panels in a field adjacent to his remote farmhouse at Steel, near Whitley Chapel in Hexhamshire.

The farm stands in Green Belt land and Northumberland county planning officers say the plans should be rejected to protect the area from “inappropriate development”. But the council’s area west planning committee has now put a decision on hold so that members can visit Mire House Farm to see for themselves whether the 19-inch-high panels should get the green light.

Coun Colin Horncastle, who represents the South Tynedale ward which includes Steel, said: “This is a brand new technology and the first I know of in this area.

“We are moving so fast. We are in a modern age now where everybody is told every day by energy companies, Governments and individual organisations that we must do something to preserve the planet and produce green energy.

“This application is the first of many that will be coming. At the moment there is nothing in our local plan that can handle it, but in two years’ time we will have the policies to handle it.”


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Herself's multimillion pound project and tourist attraction will, for the first time in its history, close over winter.
The remaining Staff have been laid off (not that redundancies there is out of the ordinary) though it appears that the Tree House Restaurant will remain open for whatever business is going.
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Phone box to commemorate Battle of Flodden
November 20th 2010, by Tony Henderson, The Journal



IT is one of the greatest battles in British history, the site where the English army defeated hordes of invading Scots, with thousands of soldiers dying on both sides.

But the visitor centre set up by historians planning for its 500th anniversary is on a somewhat smaller scale.

While £5m has been spent on a visitor centre near Stirling for the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the facility set up in Branxton, Northumberland, to commemorate the Battle of Flodden is a former phone box bought for just £1.

Branxton Parish Council has splashed the pound on the BT telephone box in the village of the same name adjacent to the battlefield where an English victory left around 10,000 Scots dead.

Flodden Field, with its commemorative cross and trail, attracts 11,000 visitors a year and the telephone box will be furnished with information and a mobile phone link to a website. The 500th anniversary of the battle is in 2013.

Local campaigners say the modest visitor centre they have been able to establish shows the neglect suffered by historic sites in the North East.

Branxton villager Clive Hallam-Baker, chairman of the Remembering Flodden project, said: “It is perhaps significant that there is £5m to spend on commemorating Bannockburn but there seems to be little or nothing from south of the border to commemorate Flodden.

“It would be marvellous for the Westminster government or Northumberland County Council to earmark even a small percentage of the Bannockburn amount to commemorate Flodden as a vital and significant episode in our history.

“We will bash on, even if we end up with the world’s smallest visitor centre in Branxton telephone box.”


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Boss takes on wind farm in new battle
November 20th 2010, by Paul Tully, The Journal


AN entrepreneur thwarted in his attempt to create a luxury holiday park in rural Northumberland is gearing up for a new battle.

Sherod Walker, the man behind plans for Waterfalls holiday park and equestrian centre at Birtley, near Ridsdale, north of Hexham, has been given a February 1 appeal date against the county council’s rejection of his ambitious plans for the 16-acre site.

But now he has also submitted a second application for a smaller development of three holiday cottages and two stables on land next to his house on the Waterfalls estate.

And he has been immediately faced with objections from Wind Prospect Developments Ltd, which operates Green Rigg Wind Farm 450 metres from the Waterfalls park boundary.

The company says a number of “procedural issues” including agricultural holding, landscaping and access have not been properly resolved in the planning application.

And they say that noise from the wind farm – which was given planning permission earlier this year but is not yet fully operational – means Mr Walker must take into account the effect of that noise on any new development.

But the 25-year-old Northumberland-born entrepreneur said: “It’s taken me by surprise because effectively they are saying they are having a negative impact on the area.

“At the end of the day, I am building on my land and the fact is that I have been told my residential amenity will not be adversely affected.

“It’s basically David and Goliath – they think they can do what they like where they like.”

Mr Walker’s original plans for Waterfalls Holiday Park included 18 holiday chalets, three cottages, a 16-horse equestrian centre and carriage house, a lake, fitness suite, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, shop and combined heat and power plant.

The scheme, expected to create 106 construction jobs and 67 full-time posts, would have injected £2m a year into the local economy, he says.


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Alnwick Garden

Herself's multimillion pound project and tourist attraction will, for the first time in its history, close over winter.

The remaining Staff have been laid off (not that redundancies there is out of the ordinary) though it appears that the Tree House Restaurant will remain open for whatever business is going.

So, is this a change from what was reported a while back?


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Alnwick Garden opens gates for free over winter
October 8th 2010, The Journal

ONE of the region’s top visitor attractions is to open for free over the winter after warnings that its partial closure could wreck a market town’s economy.

Traders in Alnwick, Northumberland, reacted with alarm last week after it was announced that Alnwick Garden was to close for four days a week and open on reduced hours at weekends.

The moves were a double blow to the town, with 40 local jobs at risk and many businesses in Alnwick relying on visitors to the Garden spending money with them.

But now Garden chiefs say they will open for free in the winter in a hope of keeping up visitor numbers – a move that has been welcomed by local traders.

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Alnwick Chamber of Trade, said: “Every time the garden has been free there have been more people about. It might be a godsend this winter for the town.”

David Champion, shop director of Barter Books on South Road, Alnwick, said: “If the Gardens are free then it could actually bring more visitors to the town, spreading the cake a little further.

“The partial closure may end up benefiting Alnwick. Businesses must look at what opportunities there are for the town from this – it could be a real silver lining.” Last week the Garden announced it had been forced to make cutbacks during the off-season due to low visitor numbers.

Garden boss Christian Perdrier said the money saved would help the Garden complete its final phase of development so that it could become a year-round attraction in the future.


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Bit of a pity for visitors if it is closing fully over winter (might have fancied a "cold-clear-winters-day" visit there myself) but it's very bad news for the employees.

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Call for Duke to up his financial offer
November 26th 2010, by David Black, The Journal


VILLAGERS are pressing the Duke of Northumberland to improve a proposed financial contribution to a rural village where his business wing wants to create a housing development.

The multi-millionaire landowner has offered to give £5,000 as a “community benefit” to tiny Rennington near Alnwick, as part of a planning agreement to alter a holiday homes scheme.

But the local parish council says it is not satisfied with the offer, and has urged the Duke’s Northumberland Estates to agree to a much more substantial contribution to the long-term sustainability of the village hall.

Next week county councillors will be asked by Rennington Parish Council to defer a decision on the Duke’s planning application, and allow further discussions on the issue of community benefit.

Three years ago Northumberland Estates was given permission to convert redundant buildings at the village’s South East Farm into five holiday units.

A condition was imposed that the properties could only be let to holidaymakers for short breaks, because permanent residential use there would be in breach of planning policies.

Work has never started on the scheme, and now Northumberland Estates has applied to lift the condition and be allowed to build five permanent homes for sale on the open market.

The proposal is strongly supported by the parish council, which never wanted to see holiday lets in the first place and says the development will improve a derelict site.


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Tourist trade for county in the spotlight
November 29th 2010, by Peter McCusker, The Journal


ORGANISATIONS from across Northumberland are throwing their weight behind a campaign calling for renewed Government funding to raise awareness of Northumberland as a tourism destination.

The county’s annual tourism conference tomorrow comes as new figures show visitor numbers have fallen markedly since the Government outlawed One North East from using public money to promote the region nationally.

Giles Ingram, chief executive of Northumberland Tourism, said: “Businesses are now being hit by unprecedented cuts in public funding of tourism promotion.

“North East attractions have seen a 38% drop in visits between July and September, compared with the same period in 2009.

“The end of marketing activity carried out by One North East will have a bearing on the fall in numbers, and there are more cuts to come. We need to ask: Who do we lobby? What is the future?”

At the conference delegates will hear presentations from Mr Ingram and Peter Kemp, chair of Northumberland Tourism.

Mr Ingram added: “Partner organisations will also be asked to actively join a letter writing campaign to Government and MPs requesting continued funding for tourism promotion.

“This is the most important conference in our four year history. If an organisation hasn’t yet registered we encourage them to do so help fight for the future of tourism in Northumberland.

“Continued awareness of the county as a tourism destination is crucial; without promotion we could move backwards to a time when Northumberland was rarely considered as a holiday or short breaks destination.”


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