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    Speed sign installed by busy road

    A new interactive sign aimed at slowing drivers and improving road safety has been installed by the A196 in Hepscott parish, on the approach to Morpeth.
  3. A call has been made to move a commemorative stone, that marks an act of outstanding bravery during the First World War, currently in Widdrington Station to a neighbouring parish.
  4. A group of residents and business owners have come together to arrange a big Morpeth night out that will bring back memories for those taking part.
  5. A group from 6th Morpeth Beavers had an interesting time when they went to visit the town’s Mayor, Coun Jack Gebhard, at the Town Hall.
  6. Celebrating the countdown to Christmas has never been more exciting thanks to the array of unique and quirky advent calendars on the market.
  7. The leader of Northumberland County Council has outlined the central role connectivity – physical and digital – will play in the North of Tyne devolution deal.
  8. Schools across Northumberland commemorated the fallen in the run-up to or after Remembrance Sunday.
  9. A Ponteland dental practice will be offering free mouth cancer examinations to local residents in support of Mouth Cancer Action Month, an annual campaign that takes place in November.
  10. The family of a Northumberland flying instructor, who was killed by a driver with poor eyesight, is supporting a call for motorists to face compulsory vision testing every 10 years.
  11. Yesterday
  12. As a lover of shopping, I was very excited to be given the chance to enjoy one of the country’s top shopping destinations – London’t luxury shopping outlet where high end brands meet some brillant bargains.
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  14. All 13 Northumberland bathing waters have been labelled either Excellent or Good in the latest classifications announced today (Thursday) by Defra.
  15. This year's John Lewis Christmas advert has been unwrapped and the star of the show is not a bouncing dog, but none other than Sir Elton John.
  16. Thousands of people across Northumberland took the opportunity to remember the fallen at various services.
  17. Councillors have agreed the grounds on which an appeal over refused plans for more than 50 new homes in Morpeth will be fought. A scheme for 53 properties on land north of The Garth, off Pottery Bank, was refused by the Castle Morpeth Local Area Council in February, against the advice of planning officers. The reasons for refusal were a lack of information to assess whether it will have a 'severe cumulative impact' on the road network; that the site is not designated for housing in the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan; insufficient information on flood risk; and the adverse impact on the amenity of residents at Pottery Bank Court. The applicant, Persimmon Homes, lodged an appeal in August and an inquiry has now been listed for June 4-7 next year. At the same time, a second application, for the same number of homes and with only minor changes, was also submitted to the council. However, this included revised versions of the transport statement and flood-risk assessment, and it is for this reason that councillors were advised to drop the highways and flooding refusal reasons.
  18. Councillors have agreed the grounds on which an appeal over refused plans for more than 50 new homes in Morpeth will be fought.
  19. Last week
  20. Crowds of excited children greeted the arrival of the Coca Cola Christmas Truck in the North East on Wednesday for the start of its three-day visit. And, despite the chill, they were happy to queue for a photo opportunity next to the truck made famous in the annual TV advert. For lots of families the annual tour of the festive truck marks the start of Christmas and what has become a something of a family tradition for many saw visitors turn up from noon to welcome the truck’s arrival at its first stop-off: the car park of Tesco at Kingston Park in Newcastle. Those arriving later with their children after school enjoyed the full effects of the red truck’s illuminations against a backdrop of Christmas music - including the truck’s famous 'the holidays are coming' jingle - and fake snow. Many faced a wait of around just 20 minutes, while the longest so far on the tour has been around 35-40 minutes. Certainly nobody was complaining early Wednesday evening, and one waiting mam, Elysha Thompson from Wallsend, said: "It's a Christmas tradition."
  21. There are still a couple of days left to put forward a nomination for Ian Lavery’s annual Local Heroes 2018 competition.
  22. Parking charges are to be increased - or introduced - at some of the region's most popular beauty spots after councillors agreed to press ahead it plans. New or increased charges in car parks on the Northumberland coast are a "fair and appropriate way" to fund parking improvements across the county, it was claimed at a meeting on Tuesday. As previously reported, Northumberland County Council has earmarked £10m - with major projects taking place in the market towns of Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth - and a range of proposals, expansions and improvements being considered or carried out elsewhere. To help fund this, the authority's cabinet this week approved new charges at a number of council-owned car parks on the coast and at railway stations, subject to an eight-week consultation starting this month and running until January. But this is not a wholesale return to paying for parking, with the administration vowing never to impose charges in town centres. Coun Glen Sanderson, the cabinet member for local services, described the £10m pot as "probably the biggest investment in parking, based on what people have told us, by any county council in recent years".
  23. The Festival of Remembrance in Stannington put the village in the media spotlight.
  24. A new interactive sign aimed at slowing drivers and improving road safety has been installed on the A196 in Hepscott parish, on the approach Morpeth.
  25. The next phase of the overhaul of Northumberland County Council's headquarters - a £4m internal refurbishment - has been approved. One of the first actions of the new Conservative administration upon seizing power last May was to cancel the planned move from County Hall in Morpeth to a new HQ in Ashington. Opting instead to improve the authority's current base, an overall budget allocation of £17m was approved for the revamp of the Loansdean building, which sparked derision from the Labour opposition, whose plan to move to Ashington had been constantly criticised over cost. In February, the council's cabinet gave the go-ahead for the first stage, which is now well under way, to repair and upgrade the external fabric of the building at a cost of £2.7m. At its meeting on Tuesday, councillors approved the next step - 'carrying out the necessary internal remodelling and refurbishment works to provide a modern, fit-for-purpose office environment'. This work, which will cost £3,976,780, is proposed to be carried out in phases, with the first starting in March next year and concluding in April 2020.
  26. Three new homes on a redundant farm steading in the green belt around Morpeth have been given the go-ahead - against the advice of planners. A bid to demolish some run-down barns and replace them with three houses at Benridge Moor Farm, to the North East of Pigdon, was recommended for refusal at Monday's Castle Morpeth Local Area Council meeting. But members approved the scheme by six votes to three, with one abstention, after being persuaded by the argument of the applicant's agents that the proposals would bring a redundant site back into use, get rid of derelict buildings and create houses which reflect the local character. The new homes would not be the only properties in the area as Benridge Moor is a small hamlet of five dwellings and agricultural buildings, less than 1km away from the Heighley Gate garden-centre site and with good access to Morpeth. Craig Ross, from George F White, added: "We want to breathe new life into Benridge Moor." But planning officers, while they had some sympathy for the circumstances, were adhering to national green-belt policy, which is very strict.
  27. More than £7million of government funding has been allocated for widespread improvements to Northumberland's road network.
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