Monthly Archives: September 2016

Proposed Changes to Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries

We now have proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries to be used in general elections from 2020. The proposal affecting Morpeth is that the Wansbeck constituency ceases to exist and we become part of a new Hexham and Morpeth constituency. … Continue reading

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The Future of Education

After the government’s very recent insistence that all schools should become academies and all new schools must be academies or free schools, out of the blue we have had the rushed new proposals to create a whole new generation of … Continue reading

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Proposed Goosehill school move to County Hall site

Sadly, the proposed rebuild of Goosehill school is being used as a political tool. I have been a governor at the school for fourteen years and Chair of Governors for a significant part of that time, but I have never … Continue reading

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The Leader’s “windfall”

So the County’s Esteemed Leader has announced a “bigger than expected windfall” for Northumberland residents, as the sale of the County Hall site is likely to bring in more money than anticipated. It appears disingenuous to refer to this as … Continue reading

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Democracy Ignored by County Planning Committee

Today we witnessed a travesty in terms of both natural justice and democratic process in relation to planning for the future of Morpeth. The County Council’s Strategic Planning Committee today was “minded to approve” the Mitford Estates planning application for … Continue reading

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Reporting Potholes

We all complain about potholes, but each of us can report them online so that they are logged and dealt with by the County Council. It is easy to do. Search for “potholes” on the County Council website and you … Continue reading

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My Campaigning on County Hall closure

As regards the future of County Hall, we are already being bombarded by bluster in the lead up to elections next May, and truth is in danger of being lost in the dense blue fog it creates. The records show … Continue reading

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Attention Women born in the 1950s

Hundreds of thousands of women across the UK have not received adequate or correct information about the rise in their state pension age. Most received no notification at all with massive consequences, so retirement plans have been destroyed, including financial … Continue reading

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