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  4. This is the third consecutive year that the council has been part of a Keep Britain Tidy award winning project.
  5. Morpeth saw its busiest night out in a long time last Saturday as more than 2,000 people braved the snow and ice for the #PethRevisited event.
  6. Many people already have their summer holidays booked, but questions over if flights will go ahead as planned after March 29 are on everyone's lips.
  7. Northumberland Gazette readers are being invited to look up to the night sky this month as part of one of the biggest starlight surveys in years.
  8. A multi-million-pound scheme which will improve journey times and reduce congestion for drivers along the A69 through south Northmberland will start this month.
  9. Northumberland County Council has been given the go-ahead for a car park extension near its Morpeth HQ - more than six months after it was built. The authority's strategic planning committee unanimously approved the extra spaces at Merley Croft, which are required for overflow parking since County Hall lost its current facility by the former fire station, where the new first school is being built. The application sought permission for an overflow car park for council staff and visitors on the site of the former Northumberland Care Trust building that was demolished in April 2017. The works, which took place in July last year, have provided an additional 67 spaces on top of the 56 that previously existed. At the meeting on Tuesday, Coun Jeff Reid asked why it was retrospective, particularly in light of members' concerns over a developer ignoring planning conditions on another application discussed that afternoon. Planning officer Judith Murphy said that she believed it was a timing issue, in that there was an urgent need for the extra spaces when the previous car park was lost, and it was later highlighted that the law allows for retrospective applications and they should not be treated differently.
  10. It was the ‘hardest thing I’ve had to do in business’, but a Morpeth resident was smiling after taking part in a well-known BBC business pitch show.
  11. Glass, plastic containers and food waste could all be collected from Northumberland homes in future, as the county council seeks to recycle more than half of all its household waste.
  12. If you want to drive abroad if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead then you may need an International Driving Permit.
  13. Improvements to roads, bridges and footpaths across Northumberland are the cornerstones of the coming year’s county council Local Transport Plan.
  14. Q. I have received reminders to renew my EHIC 111.
  15. The winter weather was the real winner in athletics at the weekend, with the snow severally impacting the race calendar, including the cancellation of the Druridge Bay and Alnwick Pastures parkruns.
  16. Never mind borders or backstops - the most recent bad news to come out of Brexit has shown that the price of wine could go up.
  17. One of the most searched for terms on Google at the moment is about changes to the UK passport.
  18. Q. I’m a French Erasmus student in Dundee (Scotland) for the semester.
  19. Hikes in waste-collection fees in Northumberland have been criticised by one councillor as ‘stealth taxes’ on rural residents who care about their environment.
  20. Plans are under way to construct new buildings for two schools on one site in Hexham.
  21. Town and parish councils could be left in the lurch, it has been claimed, after changes to a key service were unveiled after they set their budgets.
  22. Ambulance bosses have praised the work of staff after a good report.
  23. Evergreen Morpeth veteran Walter Ryder made the long journey from his Scottish home in Wester Ross worth the many miles of travel at the weekend.
  24. Northumberland County Council is to find £3.5million to get plans for rail passenger services in the south-east on the right track – with the target of a 2022 start date.
  25. Spending on adult social care was the major talking point as Northumberland County Council’s budget for the coming year was scrutinised this week.
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