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Old April 20th, 2011, 01:08 PM   #81
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I do wish some decent shops would come to Ashington.
I was at the market in Ashington today and it was thriving, I do think the nice weather helped

I think the giant Asda has killed off any chances of retailers coming to Ashington sadly.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #82
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Old April 26th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #83
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North East shopping centre marks new store openings with boost to local charity !

The completion of building work at Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade development has been marked with a special event in the Northumberland market town.

The centre was opened in 2009 and six months later work started on the second phase of the ambitious town centre project. Now the contractors Mansell have completed that second phase allowing the new businesses to move in to the final units which were officially opened with a balloon launch helped by the children of Morpeth's Goosehill Nursery.

The development is owned and managed by South Yorkshire based retail specialists Dransfield Properties Ltd – and since opening its doors to shoppers nearly 18 months ago 410 new jobs have been created and 2.9 million visitors have crossed the threshold.

The first phase of the development has brought 360 new jobs with a further 50 being created in the new retail units in phase two which have been occupied by Monsoon, Mountain Warehouse and JoJo Maman Bebe who chose Sanderson Arcade over other locations to open their first North East store.

The Corbridge Larder and Bar Luga Deli are also opening at the centre later in the year.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 11:16 PM   #84
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The Black Diamond Inn on John Street in Ashington is going to be a carvery and bar. They were busy working on it on Thursday.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 10:43 AM   #85
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Barluga Deli set to open in Sanderson Arcade
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, May 5th 2011


A POPULAR Newcastle bar is to open a second outlet in Morpeth creating 35 jobs as part of a continued expansion drive.

The Fluid Group is to open the Barluga Deli, a European-style cafe with deli counters, in Sanderson Arcade.

It is being modelled on Fluid’s Barluga gastro-pub in Grey Street, Newcastle, and will be its second outlet in the Sanderson Arcade after the opening of its Central Bean Coffee House.

Fluid director David King said: “Sanderson Arcade is a stylish location with a considerable weekly footfall of discerning customers who appreciate freshly prepared food served in a comfortable environment.


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Old May 6th, 2011, 10:03 AM   #86
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Morpeth business leaders oppose Heighley Gate garden centre retail plans
by David Black, The Journal, May 6th 2011


A BID to expand what can be sold at one of the region’s most popular garden centres is being opposed by business leaders in a nearby market town.

Owners of the 40-acre Heighley Gate nursery and retail complex, near Morpeth, want to relax existing restrictions on what can be sold at the centre which attracts a million visitors a year.

The changes would allow the sale of items such as fashion clothing and shoes, photographic equipment, luggage and bicycles for the first time. They would also allow a much bigger retail area – 5,200 sq metres – to be used for the sale of goods which are not directly linked to gardening.

The plan has sparked strong opposition from traders in Morpeth, which is currently in the midst of a £60m retail investment. Objections have been lodged by Morpeth chamber of trade and Dransfield Properties – the developer of the town’s £35.5m Sanderson Arcade and the company behind a £24m superstore planned in Low Stanners.

Next week Northumberland County Council’s planning committee will be recommended to approve the application by The Garden Centre Group to relax the current rules governing sales.

Officers say they are satisfied there will be no harm caused to the vitality and viability of Morpeth town centre.


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Old May 8th, 2011, 09:43 AM   #87
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Ashington Netto store rebrands and reopens as UGO
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, May 7th 2011



THE former Netto store on Woodhorn Road in Ashington has been sold to the Haldane Retail Group and is set to be rebranded as a UGO discount store.

The store continues to trade as usual but will close at 12 noon today for refurbishment and rebranding to UGO and reopen to shoppers on Monday at 8am.

The new UGO store aims to offer enhanced product ranges with a focus on low prices. Ian Lewis, UGO Ashington store manager, said: “I can’t wait to welcome all of our loyal shoppers and see some new faces when we open on Monday. The entire team is very excited about this new chapter in the store’s history.


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Old May 13th, 2011, 10:48 AM   #88
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Morpeth business leaders oppose Heighley Gate garden centre retail plans
by David Black, The Journal, May 6th 2011


A BID to expand what can be sold at one of the region’s most popular garden centres is being opposed by business leaders in a nearby market town.

Owners of the 40-acre Heighley Gate nursery and retail complex, near Morpeth, want to relax existing restrictions on what can be sold at the centre which attracts a million visitors a year.

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Northumberland planners defer decision on Heighley Gate garden centre bid
by David Black, The Journal, May 13th 2011


TRADERS yesterday welcomed a decision to put the brakes on controversial plans to relax restrictions on what can be sold at a nearby garden centre.

Owners of the Heighley Gate nursery and retail complex near Morpeth – which attracts a million visitors a year – are seeking permission to expand the range of goods it can sell.

The move would allow the centre to stock items such as fashion clothing and shoes, photographic equipment, luggage and bicycles – and result in significantly more floorspace being used for the sale of goods not directly linked to gardening.

County councillors yesterday deferred a decision on the application by Heighley Gate owners the Garden Centre Group, after strong concerns were voiced over the potential impact on shops in Morpeth town centre.

Members of the planning committee were recommended to grant approval, but decided to seek more information from the applicants – amid fears that the move could create a major, out-of-town retail rival to Morpeth


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Old May 13th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #89
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Any idea when they are planning on taking down the wind turbine at Wansbeck General? They announced last September that they were going to take it down.
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Old June 17th, 2011, 03:33 PM   #90
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Local traders join a winning mix at Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade!

Shopping centre owners Dransfield Properties Ltd have announced four new independent retailers are to join the line up at the company’s award winning Sanderson Arcade development in Morpeth, Northumberland.

The centre, which opened in 2009, is anchored by Marks and Spencer’s with other high street stores including Laura Ashley, New Look and Fat Face.

A second phase was launched earlier this Spring with Monsoon and JoJo Maman Bebe among the retailers opening for trade.

As well as attracting well know High Street names to Morpeth Dransfield Properties has also spent the last few months identifying high quality local retailers to get the tenant mix just right at their Morpeth centre.

The latest new store to open is The Corbridge Larder, the company has just launched it second store in the region at the Arcade with a new 1,820 sq ft delicatessen and coffee shop.

Jump Shoes for Kids, run by sisters Ruth Lovell and Jo Place is also taking space at the Arcade with an 890 sq ft shop opening later this summer to run alongside their popular Gosforth outlet.

The sisters launched their company five years ago after becoming frustrated with the limited range of high quality children’s shoes.

And local high quality giftware company Just 4 U is also opening its first retail outlet at The Arcade this summer.
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Old June 20th, 2011, 10:07 AM   #91
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Northumberland County Council proposes £42m investment in vital projects
by Brian Daniel, The Journal, June 20th 2011


COUNCIL bosses in Northumberland are proposing to allocate over £40m to key projects in a bid to secure Government investment.

Northumberland County Council has announced plans to invest £42m in projects including the replacement of Ashington Leisure Centre, improved flood defences for Morpeth and a bypass for the town, over the next five years.

Authority leaders say they are acting in response to announcements from the coalition Government that councils should pay more for highway and flood alleviation projects if they want to secure additional funding.

Last night, news of the council’s proposals was welcomed by those who have campaigned for the leisure centre in Ashington and the flood defences in Morpeth.

The county’s executive will next Monday be asked to approve the investments, for 2011-2015. Members will be told how around £20m could be found for the transformation of leisure and community facilities in Ashington.

The report recommends a new or fully refurbished multi-purpose centre, which could incorporate leisure facilities, a customer service centre, registration service and a library.


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Old June 20th, 2011, 10:36 AM   #92
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I was in Morpeth last Saturday and while the Sanderson Arcade is a great development I felt that the shops were poor and that an enormous amount of money was spent in providing middle aged women with retail therapy. Now perhaps this is the great unwritten law of the High Street but as a middle aged woman I feel that it's been a bit of a con trick.
Also it brought home to me that the big department stores like John Lewis are incredibility good at what they do.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 05:53 PM   #93
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Old June 29th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #94
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Sounds great for that part of Northumberland.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:13 AM   #95
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New £24m Morpeth superstore set to get final green light
by David Black, The Journal, July 1st 2011


THE latest phase of a £60m transformation of shopping facilities in a Northumberland market town is set to get the green light next week.

County councillors are expected to approve detailed plans to build a £24m superstore, which will bring 290 new retail jobs to Morpeth.

The 50,000 sq ft store – at Low Stanners next to the River Wansbeck – is being developed by Yorkshire-based Dransfield Properties.

The company has already delivered Morpeth’s £35.5m Sanderson Arcade shopping centre, which has created about 400 jobs since being opened in November 2009.

Outline permission for the Low Stanners foodstore was approved by county councillors a year ago, beating off rival bids by Tesco and Sainsbury’s to build new superstores much further away from the town centre.


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Hopes rise for 2012 start on Morpeth flood defences
by David Black, The Journal, July 20th 2011


HOPES are growing that the stalled £20m project to protect Morpeth against another flooding catastrophe may finally get under way in just over a year’s time.

The Environment Agency has set out a potential new timeline for progress on the vital flood defence upgrade, which would see construction work starting in autumn 2012.

Detailed design work is starting immediately, the scheme will be considered by the agency’s national review panel in October and regional officials will be told in January whether it is finally going ahead.

The latest development comes just two weeks after Northumberland County Council agreed to contribute between £7m and £12m in capital funding.

Yesterday Alan Bell chairman of the Morpeth Flood Action Group, said the new timeline had emerged from a meeting of the agency’s regional committee. “What we have been told is very encouraging to us, especially the fact that £100,00 in local levy funding will now be used to immediately start the detailed design work.

“There is obviously some urgency involved now and we can only hope that everything goes according to plan from here. We realise the scheme still has to go into the queue of priority projects which the Agency has, but we are very optimistic.”

Work on the scheme, which involves improved flood walls in Morpeth town centre and an upstream holding reservoir on the River Wansbeck, was scheduled to start in December this year. It was postponed because of Government spending cuts and its failure to score highly enough in a national assessment.


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Work finally starts on £1m Morpeth Harriers project
by David Black, The Journal, August 3rd 2011


WORK is set to start tomorrow on a long-awaited £1m project which will finally provide a purpose-built athletics track for one of the region's most famous running clubs.

The construction of the new multi-sport complex in Morpeth, Northumberland, will bring major benefits for young athletes, footballers and other sports people in the area. But it also means the successful conclusion to a long-running campaign by the proud Morpeth Harriers athletics club to secure its very own track and field facilities.

The project – which has been in the pipeline for four years – has attracted £443,000 in funding from Sport England, £415,000 from the county council, £175,000 from King Edward V1 High School and £11,000 from the Harriers themselves.

Representatives from the athletics club and Sport England will be present when work gets under way on the scheme, on land next to the high school.

It includes a six-lane synthetic running track – with eight-lanes straight – field event facilities, improvements to four existing football pitches and a new synthetic surface for the school’s shale all-weather sports area.

Work will also include upgraded changing rooms and improved access to the school site. The new facility will be ready in time to cash in on the expected booming interest in sport generated by next year’s London Olympic Games.


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New Ashington leisure centre plans move forward
by David Black, The Journal, August 13th 2011



SEVEN potential sites have been identified for a flagship £20m sports and community centre aimed at helping regenerate a former pit town. Local people and organisations are now being asked to help county council bosses identify the best location for the building in Ashington, Northumberland, and the range of services it will provide.

It is the latest move in plans to give the town a modern sporting and community facility, which were sparked in late 2009 by a controversial proposal to close its ageing existing leisure centre.

More than 3,000 people supported local boy Adam Nichol, 15, when he launched a Facebook group and created a website and petitions amid fears the existing centre was going to be closed.

County council bosses did a U-turn two months ago, meaning the Liberal Democrat executive agreed to find £20m in capital funding to build a replacement centre. They have earmarked seven possible locations, including the current leisure centre site in Institute Road where the options would be either a refurbishment or a new build. The other sites being examined are Ashington High School, the town’s Church of England Academy main campus, land next to the Hirst Welfare complex, the former Ashington Learning Park site next to the A197, the former Ashington Hospital or a development site next to the town centre and Asda superstore.

The aim of the project is to provide a range of high quality, modern and accessible services and facilities under one roof.


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New bar and deli set for Morpeth's Sanderson Arcade
by Peter McCusker, The Journal, September 7th 2011


WORK has begun on a new bar and deli at Morpeth's Sanderson Arcade which is scheduled to be complete for a late autumn opening.

Newcastle-based Pringle Contracts, has started work on the transformation of the final unit, at The Arcade, into the new Barluga Deli.

The Barluga brand is part of the Newcastle-based pub and cafe firm Fluid Group and already well known in Newcastle, with a chic gastropub in the city centre. The company also owns the popular Central Bean Coffee House brand, which has an outlet at the Arcade.

The new outlet, which will occupy 4,000 sq ft, with space for 120 diners, will offer a European style café and casual dining experience will be open by the end of October.


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