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  2. Give public servants a decent wage

    If the Government thought its announcement of a lifting of its public sector pay cap with regard to police and prison officers would be universally welcomed, it has to go down as one of the classic political own goals of all time.
  3. Northumberland residents are being asked to vote for their favourite Green Flag park – putting it in the running to be the nation’s favourite in the People’s Choice Awards.
  4. As demolition of the former library site in Ponteland gets under way, Ascent Homes has unveiled the marketing name of the development which will occupy the site.
  5. The developer building homes at a key site in Morpeth wants to change the legal agreement so that it provides no further affordable housing.
  6. A partnership could be set up between Morpeth’s schools partnership and Berwick Academy.
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    Come and support the Highwaymen as they look to make it four wins in a row at Guisborough Town.
  9. Halloween Party!

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    Come along to Treasure Island's Halloween Party! Tickets are now and sale and cost £6. This includes: 2 hours of soft play, juice, treasure hunt, fancy dress competition, halloween disco, party games, face painting and party bags. Hot and cold food platters will be available to purchase on the evening. You can book your tickets in person or by giving us a call on 01670 513413. Hope to see you there!
  10. Landlords and agents based in Northumberland are invited to an annual forum being organised by Northumberland County Council. The free event, now in it’s seventh year, will be held at Morpeth Rugby Club, on Thursday, 5 October from 9.30am. It aims to update landlords on any new legislation, highlight any industry issues and demonstrate the services on offer to landlords from the council. Representatives from the Department of Work and Pensions and the National Landlords Association will be addressing the forum on a range of issues. Topics this year will include landlord fire safety, an update on Universal Credit and fuel poverty and energy efficiency. There will also be a number of traders exhibiting at the forum including, National Energy Action and Northumbrian Water. An update on the council’s Landlords’ Steering Group will also be given. The steering group was set up as a way to represent the views of landlords in Northumberland and helping to overcome ongoing issues faced by landlords in the Private Rented Sector. The key roles of the steering group include; assisting with the development of the property accreditation scheme, assisting with the organisation of landlord events and reviewing the policies and procedures that impact on the Private Rented Sector. If you would like more information about the group please contact a member of the private sector team on the details provided below. Northumberland County Councillor, John Riddle, cabinet member for planning, housing and resilience said: “In previous years this forum has attracted hundreds of landlords and agents from across the county, and we are hoping that this year’s event will be as successful. “There are a number of services the council can offer to private landlords, which they may not be aware of, such as a free tenant vetting service. This forum will not only help to demonstrate what we can do, but also give landlords an opportunity to network and find out about upcoming industry issues.” Any landlord or agent wishing to attend should register their interest by Friday, 29 September. You can do this by emailing privatesectorhousing@northumberland.gov.uk with your name and address, or calling the team on (01670) 623073.
  11. A team of Northumberland firefighters has proved to be among the best in Britain when it comes to saving lives.
  12. The contribution that county-council staff make to the lives of people across Northumberland has been recognised at this year’s Excellence Awards.
  13. North East rail commuters face fresh chaos next month as a two day strike will hit services in the region. It has been organised by the RMT union in its long-running dispute over the introduction of driver-only operated (DOO) trains by Arriva Rail North which operates the Northern service. Its routes include stops at Newcastle, Hexham, the Gateshead Metrocentre, Morpeth and Chathill. The strike is set to run from 00.01 on Tuesday October 3 until 23.59 on Thursday, October 5. Members of the RMT union who work for Southern, Merseyrail, and Greater Anglia will also take part in the walk out which will coincide with the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester which runs from October 1 to 4. The union said it was angry and frustrated that the company has blocked any chance of making progress in talks.
  14. Northumberland residents are being asked to vote for their favourite Green Flag park - putting it in the running to be the nation’s favourite in the People’s Choice Awards. In July we found out that nine Northumberland parks had gained Green Flag Awards this year - marking them out as some of the UK’s very best parks and green spaces. Now members of the public can vote for the Northumberland Green Flag park that they think should be the whole nation’s favourite. Green Flag parks in Northumberland are: Ridley Park in Blyth; Doctor Pit Park in Bedlington; Alexandra Park in Cramlington, Hexham Parks; Carlisle Park in Morpeth; Castle Vale and Coronation Parks in Berwick; Plessey Woods Country Park near Bedlington; and Bolam Lake Country Park near Belsay. Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “We have some exceedingly beautiful and very special parks in Northumberland - all with their own unique set of attractions. “In each you will find a range of opportunities to suit all ages and interests - from sports and play facilities - to areas where those who seek it can enjoy peace and tranquility. “I urge everyone to get behind their favourite park in Northumberland - giving it a chance to become one of the nation’s favourites.” To vote for your favourite Green Flag park go to www.greenflagaward.org Simply find your park on the map and click the vote button. Once you’ve voted, why not encourage others to get involved too. Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award manager said: “Following the huge success of #LoveParks Week, the People’s Choice Award is another chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. Make your voice heard and vote now.” Voting is open now and closes on 30 September, with the top 10 winning sites due to be announced on 11 October. Last year saw tens of thousands of people voting for their favourite park, with winners coming from all across the UK, from London to Lanarkshire.
  15. Mini Police signs up new youngsters

    Northumbria Police has taken on more of its youngest recruits as its successful Mini Police scheme is extended.
  16. Customers of Northumbrian Water have seen the largest bill rise over the past three years, although the average cost remains below the UK average.
  17. North East researchers have been awarded £1.7million to investigate heart-attack treatments for patients over the age of 75.
  18. The gold medal won by Morpeth Harriers U17 boys was the highlight of the Northern Athletics Young Athlete and Senior Road Relays held in Manchester on Saturday.
  19. Anxious campaigners are begging health bosses to save a Northumberland hospital ward from closure as a decision over its future looms. The 12-bed inpatient ward at Rothbury Community Hospital has been temporarily shut since last September after it was deemed to be “under-used”. The move sparked outrage in the Coquetdale community with Pointless star Alexander Armstrong branding the closure as “utterly heartbreaking”. Despite the hostility, the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a consultation over proposals to shut the ward for good. The CCG’s joint locality executive board will announce its final decision in a public meeting at Morpeth Town Hall on September 27. Ahead of the decision, the Save Rothbury Hospital Campaign group has released a short-film outlining their objections against the proposed closure.
  20. The terror-threat level in the North East has been reduced, and Northumbria Police’s Chief Constable wants to thank members of the public for their support after the Force increased armed patrols over the weekend.
  21. Cadet Flight Sergeant Esmee Webley has qualified as a pilot, thanks to a scholarship funded by the Royal Air Forces Association.
  22. Morpeth Masterplan work under way

    The reconstituted Morpeth Forum has met to lay out the groundwork for the Morpeth Masterplan.
  23. Windfarm fund set to launch

    A community benefit fund – worth more than £100,000 a year and set up following the installation of two neighbouring windfarms – is due to be launched in the next few weeks, allaying concerns raised by a county councillor.
  24. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has unveiled its new breathing apparatus training facility at Pegswood Community Fire Station.
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