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SCHOOLS: Solution is more places

Parents of children in the Morpeth Schools Partnership (myself included) will have received notice of a consultation as to the admissions policy of the Three Rivers Academy, which runs our middle schools and high school, all of which fall within my electoral division.

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PRISON: Problems lie in staff reduction

PRISON: Problems lie in staff reduction

As the Governor from 1999 to 2004 at what used to be HMP Acklington, later combined with the young offender prison Castington to became HMP Northumberland, I have watched the recent adverse publicity with considerable sadness.

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SCHOOL: It’s definitely not a primary

SCHOOL: It’s definitely not a primary

Having read the council taxpayer-funded ‘Promoted Content’ page prepared by the county council (Morpeth Herald, February 9), I wish to point out that there is no such thing as Morpeth Primary School.

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DEVELOPMENT: Sewerage is at capacity now

DEVELOPMENT: Sewerage is at capacity now

The South Morpeth Collation states in its objection to the County Hall plans that it strongly supports the need to provide an alternative site for Morpeth First School (Goose Hill).

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SCHOOLS: Show us the forecasts

SCHOOLS: Show us the forecasts

Although Northumberland County Council can be commended for attempting to solve the national housing crisis single-handed, there seems to have been little comment about how and where to educate the children who will inhabit all the new homes.

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TREES: More in need of protection

TREES: More in need of protection

“Well done”, I say, to Morpeth Mayor Andrew Tebbut for standing up for the protection of the trees at the entrance to the County Hall site in Loansdean.

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PRISON: Problems must be rectified

PRISON: Problems must be rectified

The serious problems exposed in the Panaroma programme about HMP Northumberland – which locally we have been aware of for some time, but who in local or national government ever listens to the people? – must be rectified.

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EDUCATION: Shortfall will be evident

EDUCATION: Shortfall will be evident

Like many in Morpeth I read Labour Leader Grant Davey’s comments on school places with a degree of frustration.

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LEADER: Why stop at   the posters?

LEADER: Why stop at the posters?

Over recent months I have had to bear much criticism of Northumberland County Council Leader’s beaming features being plastered everywhere one looks.

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COUNCIL: Working hard to defend Plan

COUNCIL: Working hard to defend Plan

I was astonished and extremely disappointed to read the letter from Robert Pollard in which he states that: “Morpeth Town Council has made little comment on the way Northumberland County Council has treated the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan”, (Morpeth Herald, February 2).

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TREES: ‘Deaf’ to views of the public

TREES: ‘Deaf’ to views of the public

I wonder if those who ordered the trees to be cut down at County Hall are feeling pleased with themselves.

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COUNTY HALL: Building could be multi-use

COUNTY HALL: Building could be multi-use

I agree with the point made by Susan Starkie that the County Hall building in Morpeth has architectural merit and should be retained, (Morpeth Herald, January 19).

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PLAN: Repair damage to engagement

PLAN: Repair damage to engagement

Given that Morpeth Town Council has made little comment on the way Northumberland County Council has treated the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan, which a number of town councillors and local residents dedicated a lot of time and effort to, I hope that during private discussions, the town council has asked how the county council will repair the damage done to community engagement.

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SCHOOL: Why our group has objected

SCHOOL: Why our group has objected

I know that many people are asking why the South Morpeth Coalition (SMC) chose to object to the application for the first school rebuild on the County Hall site. I would like to explain the reasoning behind the decision.

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DEVELOPMENT: Single biggest threat to town

DEVELOPMENT: Single biggest threat to town

Regular readers of the Morpeth Herald will not be surprised to learn that our company is vehemently opposed to the proposals for a retail development on the outskirts of Morpeth.

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MENTAL HEALTH: Action needed more than ever

MENTAL HEALTH: Action needed more than ever

Taking action on mental health is more important now than ever.

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CANCER: Join forces to transform lives

CANCER: Join forces to transform lives

Every day I speak to patients and their families and see the pain, fear and struggle when a bowel cancer diagnosis strikes. That’s why I’m encouraging readers to show their support for World Cancer Day.

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BIRTHDAY: A memorable celebration

BIRTHDAY: A memorable celebration

Thanks to everyone who attended my 80th birthday celebrations at the Sour Grapes.

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FORUM: Impartiality under threat

FORUM: Impartiality under threat

On reading the newsletter produced by the Stobhill Community Forum and distributed across parts of Stobhill, Morpeth, last week, residents could be forgiven for thinking they were reading a leaflet from Independent councillor Ian Lindley.

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HOLOCAUST: Learn lessons from the past

HOLOCAUST: Learn lessons from the past

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday, January 27, is How Can Life Go On?’, raising challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations in the aftermath of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

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