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Old September 20th, 2011, 11:48 AM   #101
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Asda criticised over Ashington Town Centre plans
by David Black, The Journal, September 20th 2011


A LEADING supermarket chain has been accused of dragging its heels and delaying multi-million pound town centre regeneration plans in Northumberland.

Council officials claim Asda has been “unresponsive and shown no urgency” for two years over attempts to secure a key development site in Ashington.

County council bosses are trying to acquire the company’s former supermarket site in Lintonville as part of an £8.9m investment plan to create new shopping, leisure and transport facilities just off the town centre.

Together with the nearby Arriva bus depot, the disused supermarket forms the key elements of the land acquisition deal required to pave the way for a major town centre expansion.

Now a new report to councillors says the project has fallen behind schedule because of delays in acquiring both sites – with Asda singled out for particular criticism.

The council’s south east Northumberland regeneration manager, Ray Browning, says the project is being significantly affected by uncertainty over acquisition of the sites, and there is a strong possibility of further slippage.


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AkzoNobel earmarks Ashington for manufacturing plant
by Dave Black, The Journal, September 21st 2011


A FORMER pit town in Northumberland has been chosen by a global paint company as the location for a new £100m hi-tech manufacturing plant aimed at cementing its presence in the North East.

Ashington has emerged as the preferred site for the massive investment by AkzoNobel, which makes Dulux paint and Polycell filler among other products.

The state-of-the-art factory – which will treble the company’s manufacturing capability in the region – is proposed to be built on the Ashwood business park in North Seaton.

Later this week people living near the site will be able to attend two public consultation events at which they can find out more about the proposed 140-job plant, which is not expected to be up and running until 2014. AkzoNobel revealed two months ago that it plans to close its 89-job decorative paints factory in Prudhoe, and its 131-job manufacturing operation at Slough in Berkshire, and switch the work to the new £100m plant to be built in the North East.

At the time the company said the new factory would be within a 25-mile radius of the Prudhoe plant, and now Ashington has been revealed as the preferred location following consultations with affected employees


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It's about time something else was opening in Ashwood Business Park, I think there's only one company there at the moment. It opened about 3 years ago.
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Housing plans approved to fund
Northgate Hospital in Morpeth

by David Black, The Journal, October 8th 2011


A MAJOR new housing development has been given the green light in countryside surrounding a Northumberland town to help ensure the future of a local mental health hospital.

County councillors have approved plans which will see about 250 homes built on land at Northgate Hospital, two miles north of Morpeth – after being told the scheme is vital to help pay for modernising treatment facilities there.

Yesterday a senior councillor admitted there are concerns about agreeing such a large-scale housing development in open countryside, on the outskirts of a town said to be under pressure from building firms.

“There was a lot of serious discussion about the plans for Northgate, and the housing numbers proposed. There has to be a justification because it does breach planning policies. We accepted the argument that it is enabling development to protect the viability of the hospital site, because there needs to be quite a major rebuild there and funding is a problem.”


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Old October 29th, 2011, 02:33 PM   #105
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Environment Agency confirm Morpeth’s £21m
Flood Defence upgrade should start next year

by David Black, The Journal, October 29th 2011


HUNDREDS of flood-threatened families in a Northumberland market town have been told that a stalled project to protect their homes is now “moving forward at pace”.

The £21m scheme to defend more than 1,000 homes and businesses in Morpeth to prevent a repeat of the town’s 2008 flooding catastrophe has been delayed by Government spending cuts, leaving residents worried about when and if it would ever get under way.

Now it has been confirmed Northumberland County Council’s recent decision to allocate up to £12m to the project has secured vital Environment Agency funding, meaning construction work is likely to start in the 2012/13 financial year.

Officials described the turnaround as “a fantastic outcome” and “brilliant news”, for what has been a difficult scheme to get off the ground.


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Old November 7th, 2011, 10:46 AM   #106
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Last orders called at popular Morpeth pub which is set for demolition after 230 years.
by David Black, The Journal, November 7th 2011


BEER mingled with tears as regulars said an emotional farewell to their favourite pub – and signed off in time-honoured tradition by drinking it dry.

Morpeth’s Old Red Bull – which dates back to 1780 – has survived being closed by the worst flooding in the town’s history, and a severe blaze which required its rebuilding at the turn of the century.

But now it is set to disappear to make way for a £24m supermarket development in the Low Stanners area, where it has been a popular watering hole for more than two centuries.

The pub closed for the final time at the weekend as regular customers drowned their sorrows to say goodbye to landlord Dean Henderson and his wife Lindsey, who have run it for 20 years.

It was packed out on Saturday night and last orders had to be called earlier than expected when it ran out of draught beer – leaving customers having to make do with bottles.

Departing regulars scribbled their own personal messages of thanks and appreciation on the pub’s door as it closed for the final time, before heading off in search of a new local.

The free house, which has been in Mr Henderson’s family for many years, will be demolished as part of the work to build a new superstore by Yorkshire-based developer Dransfield Properties.


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Last orders called at popular Morpeth pub which is set for demolition after 230 years.
by David Black, The Journal, November 7th 2011


BEER mingled with tears as regulars said an emotional farewell to their favourite pub – and signed off in time-honoured tradition by drinking it dry.

Morpeth’s Old Red Bull – which dates back to 1780 – has survived being closed by the worst flooding in the town’s history, and a severe blaze which required its rebuilding at the turn of the century.

But now it is set to disappear to make way for a £24m supermarket development in the Low Stanners area, where it has been a popular watering hole for more than two centuries.

The pub closed for the final time at the weekend as regular customers drowned their sorrows to say goodbye to landlord Dean Henderson and his wife Lindsey, who have run it for 20 years.

It was packed out on Saturday night and last orders had to be called earlier than expected when it ran out of draught beer – leaving customers having to make do with bottles.

Departing regulars scribbled their own personal messages of thanks and appreciation on the pub’s door as it closed for the final time, before heading off in search of a new local.

The free house, which has been in Mr Henderson’s family for many years, will be demolished as part of the work to build a new superstore by Yorkshire-based developer Dransfield Properties.
Don't know the building at all but given its date of erection 1780 I'm surprised it wasn't Listed?
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Old November 14th, 2011, 03:22 PM   #108
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by David Black, The Journal, November 7th 2011


BEER mingled with tears as regulars said an emotional farewell to their favourite pub – and signed off in time-honoured tradition by drinking it dry.

Morpeth’s Old Red Bull – which dates back to 1780 – has survived being closed by the worst flooding in the town’s history, and a severe blaze which required its rebuilding at the turn of the century.

But now it is set to disappear to make way for a £24m supermarket development in the Low Stanners area, where it has been a popular watering hole for more than two centuries.

The pub closed for the final time at the weekend as regular customers drowned their sorrows to say goodbye to landlord Dean Henderson and his wife Lindsey, who have run it for 20 years.

It was packed out on Saturday night and last orders had to be called earlier than expected when it ran out of draught beer – leaving customers having to make do with bottles.

Departing regulars scribbled their own personal messages of thanks and appreciation on the pub’s door as it closed for the final time, before heading off in search of a new local.

The free house, which has been in Mr Henderson’s family for many years, will be demolished as part of the work to build a new superstore by Yorkshire-based developer Dransfield Properties.


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CAMRA director urges fight to save future of North pubs

Nov 13 2011 by Michael Brown, Sunday Sun

MANY people have fond memories of time spent in their local pub, but for some, memories are all they have left.

With 29 pubs a week closing across the country – many of which never reopen and go on to be converted or demolished – a major part of Britain's social heritage is being lost.

Just a cursory glance at the North East over the past 25 years dredges up a host of popular boozers that are now rubble.

Evocative names like the Eqypt Cottage, on Newcastle's City Road, where musicians like Miles Davies and Paul McCartney could be seen having a drink, Durham's **** O The North, which still gives it's name to a road junction, or Newcastle’s Broken Doll, which was named after the landlord's sister's paintings of children's toys which adorned the walls.

But while so many of those bars are long-gone, the problem persists with taverns such as the 231-year-old Old Red Bull Inn in Morpeth being demolished to make way for a supermarket.

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Old November 16th, 2011, 05:18 PM   #109
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The below article has already been posted, on the "Norhumberland Area Developments Thread" in the Communal Area of the North East England Sub-Forum, here . . .

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1246743

However, as it is very bad news of regional significance, I felt it should also be posted here on the "Economic News" thread of the Newcastle Forum . . .


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Rio Tinto Alcan to close Lynemouth smelter

By Colin George, The Journal, November 16th 2011



NORTHUMBERLAND'S biggest private sector employer, Rio Tinto Alcan, has announced it is to close the Lynemouth aluminium smelter with the loss of more than 500 jobs. The firm will now conduct a 90-day consultation process with staff and union representatives.

There are also fears over a further 100 jobs as the company also revealed it is in discussions regarding the potential sale of the power station at the site.

The Lynemouth smelter opened in 1972 and employs 515 people. An additional 111 are employed at the power station. A statement from the firm said all affected workers will receive support, including re-training and job-search assistance, in order to mitigate the impact of any closure.

Rio Tinto Alcan chief executive Jacynthe C¤t› said: This decision follows a thorough strategic review which explored every possible option for continuing to operate the smelter and power station, however, it is clear the smelter is no longer a sustainable business because its energy costs are increasing significantly, due largely to emerging legislation.

We are hopeful that the power station can remain in operation under new ownership.

For 40 years, the Lynemouth smelter and power station have been important parts of the community and we will work with our employees and other key stakeholders to ensure that the social and environmental consequences of todays announcement are managed in the most sensitive way.


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Old November 25th, 2011, 12:10 PM   #110
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New Morrisons supermarket confirmed for Low Stanners in Morpeth
by David Black, The Journal, November 25th 2011



ONE of the UK’s leading retail chains has been confirmed as the operator of a new £24m superstore aimed at providing greater choice for shoppers in a Northumberland market town.

It has been an open secret for some time that Morrisons was lined up to run the 290-job, 50,000sqft foodstore which is to be built in the Low Stanners area of Morpeth.

Yesterday the company was officially confirmed as the operator by developer Dransfield Properties, who secured planning approval for the new superstore in summer 2010.

The deal involves Morrisons relocating from its existing supermarket in Morpeth a short distance to the new site, which is scheduled to open for business in the spring of 2013.

Now, thoughts are turning to who will take over the current Morrisons store after the move takes place, as the whole idea of the new superstore was to increase food shopping competition and choice in the town centre.


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Old November 29th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #111
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Was in Morpeth yesterday to spend my 'Xmas money'
Came across 'White Stuff' store which was great.
Would love one of those in Newcastle.
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Was in Morpeth yesterday to spend my 'Xmas money'
Came across 'White Stuff' store which was great.
Would love one of those in Newcastle.
I think it's the shop that used to house Burton - it's only been open a few months, though I keep forgetting to go in.

Retail in Morpeth seems to be really motoring - I was there on Saturday, and didn't see any empty shops at all. The town is a great mix of quality chains and attractive independents, and Rutherford's department store is one of my favourite shops anywhere. The creativity of the merchandising there is just so rich and interesting.
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Morpeth Shopping


Enjoyed Morpeth shopping, as you say, good mix there.
Did see one closed shop 'Beetroot'?
What was that?

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Old November 29th, 2011, 09:05 PM   #114
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Was in Morpeth yesterday to spend my 'Xmas money'
Came across 'White Stuff' store which was great.
Would love one of those in Newcastle.
Similar operation to fat face. Was started by a couple of ski bums in Val D'Isere about 20 years ago.

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Old November 30th, 2011, 11:40 AM   #115
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Search to find site for new £20m Ashington leisure centre
by David Black, The Journal, November 30th 2011


A SEARCH to identify the best site for a new £20m leisure and community centre in a former pit town has been narrowed down to two potential locations.

Land at the old Ashington Hospital and the town’s redundant Asda supermarket site have been shortlisted for the flagship multi-purpose building – which could incorporate a sports centre, swimming pool, library and other public facilities.

They have been selected by council bosses after detailed examination of a number of possible locations – which also included the town’s existing leisure centre in Institute Road, Ashington High School, the Church of England Academy main campus, land next to the Hirst Welfare complex and the former Ashington Learning Park site.

Now local people and organisations are to be consulted about which of the two sites should get the nod – and what range of services the new centre should include. They have been chosen because of their town centre locations and the impact they will have on wider regeneration efforts.


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Old November 30th, 2011, 01:44 PM   #116
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It would be great if with Morrissons moving it meant an extention to the shopping arcade. Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity for Morpeth and a food retailer could be part of it (Waitrose would be a good fit).
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Alcan smelter still to close despite Chancellor's support package
by William Green, The Journal, November 30th 2011


THE OWNERS of the Alcan smelter in Lynemouth still plan to shut it despite the Chancellor unveiling a £250m package to stop such closures in energy-intensive industries.

George Osborne cheered energy-intensive industries by confirming a £250m package of support in a bid to keep industry and jobs in Britain.

But Alcan owners Rio Tinto were still pressing ahead with closure plans last night which would mean the loss of 515 jobs plus hundreds more in the supply chain.

In his Autumn Statement on the economy, Mr Osborne said he was worried about the combined impact of green policies adopted by Britain and the European Union on heavy, energy-intensive industries.

“We’re not going to save the planet by shutting down our steel mills and our aluminium smelters, our paper manufacturers,” said the Chancellor.

He told MPs that the £250m scheme over the life of the current Parliament “will keep industry and jobs here in Britain”.

But a Rio Tinto Alcan spokesman said: “It is still our intention to close subject to consultation and to any interest that may emerge in the smelter as a consequence of this announcement.”


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Vince Cable told to back 2,000 jobs plan after Alcan announcement
by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, December 3rd 2011



VINCE Cable has been told to urgently back plans to create 2,000 Northumberland jobs in the wake of the Alcan redundancy announcement.

Council leaders from across the North East have sent a joint letter to the Business Secretary urging him to intervene with incentives and support for firms in Northumberland.

Their move comes after Rio Tinto Alcan said there has so far been no Government announcement which will lead it to keep open the Lynemouth aluminium smelter, with more than 500 jobs set to go as a result and the knock-on effect at the onsite power station alone, would see another 110 jobs go.

Sunderland Council leader Paul Watson sent the joint letter to the Business Secretary in his role as the chairman of the Association of North East Councils.

In the letter, backed by Northumberland County Council leader Jeff Reid, Mr Watson said a plan was already being formed to create thousands of jobs and that this must now be backed as a Department for Business priority.

It is believed the businesses and council making up the North East local enterprise partnership are bringing forward plans to seek support for new industries in the area to offset the closure, expected in May. When Teesside’s Corus factory was under threat the Government stepped in with £60m to retrain staff, put up land and help new firms come to the area.


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Ashington Co-op building earmarked as
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by David Black, The Journal, December 20th 2011



A LANDMARK building which has been at the heart of a former pit town for almost 90 years could become a community arts centre under a new vision developed by a local charity.

Ashington’s iconic, grade II-listed Co-op store was built in 1924 as a shopping arcade with a ballroom above it, and was one of the hubs of local social life for half a century.

It was taken over by the North Eastern Co-op in the mid-70s but was closed down and mothballed in 2006 when the group shut down many of its big department stores.

Now the two upper floors of the classic three-storey building – also known as the Central Arcade – have been earmarked as a potential base for a community arts centre serving the wider south east Northumberland area.

The Ashington Community Development Trust believes the building could be used as a community cinema, a base for theatre, concerts and dance and a rehearsal space for local arts groups.

Eight months ago most of the ground floor of the building was reopened as a Nisa Extra supermarket, after being closed for five years.


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Search to find site for new £20m Ashington leisure centre
by David Black, The Journal, November 30th 2011

A SEARCH to identify the best site for a new £20m leisure and community centre in a former pit town has been narrowed down to two potential locations. Land at the old Ashington Hospital and the town’s redundant Asda supermarket site have been shortlisted for the flagship multi-purpose building – which could incorporate a sports centre, swimming pool, library and other public facilities.

They have been selected by council bosses after detailed examination of a number of possible locations – which also included the town’s existing leisure centre in Institute Road, Ashington High School, the Church of England Academy main campus, land next to the Hirst Welfare complex and the former Ashington Learning Park site.

Now local people and organisations are to be consulted about which of the two sites should get the nod – and what range of services the new centre should include. They have been chosen because of their town centre locations and the impact they will have on wider regeneration efforts.

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Charitable trustees draw up alternative plans for £20m Ashington Leisure Project
by David Black, The Journal, December 29th 2011



PEOPLE in a former pit town are being asked to consider an alternative vision of how their leisure, sporting and community facilities can be safeguarded and improved in the future. A public consultation is currently being carried out on a £20m project to build a flagship town centre facility to replace Ashington’s ageing leisure centre.

But now trustees who run the existing leisure centre in Institute Road have come up with alternative proposals, which would see it partially rebuilt and completely revamped and modernised. Directors of the Ashington Leisure Partnership (ALP) – formerly the Ashington Leisure Centre Trust – claim their scheme would cost about £10m, as unlike under the council proposals there would be no need to buy any land. They say this would still leave £10m of the council’s overall budget to develop a separate library, civic and community facility in the town centre.

Trustees are concerned that building a new leisure centre on a different site will lead to a reduction in the current facilities, such as the large sports hall, indoor bowling rink, gym and squash courts.


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