Monday, 27 June 2016

Councillors' Ward Grants - Blyth Town Council

Blyth Town Council Community Grants Committee meets next week to decide on the allocations of grants to Community Organisations.

It is most likely that most, if not all, of the money set aside for Community Grants will be allocated.

However, each ward councillor has a total of £1000 to allocate to small schemes in their ward.

My fellow ward councillor , Cllr Lesley Rickerby has allocated her allowance to the Blyth Battery Volunteers, but as yet I haven't been approached by any organisation.

It is too late to put requests in ready for next week, but if any South Blyth organisation would like to be considered at the next meeting, later in the year, please contact me for a form.

To be honest I would prefer to spread the benefit over a few organisations, but I realise that £1000 doesn't go far.

Monday, 20 June 2016

A clear out of old blog posts

If I get a spare half hour over the next day or two I'll be clearing out older blog posts

These will mainly be Blyth Town Council diary posts and posts that are no longer relevant.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Still undecided ?

I found this on Facebook. I make no claims about it, but as a "Remainer" I found it amusing ....

Here are a few that strongly believe the UK should remain a member of the EU:

• Governor of the Bank of England
• International Monetary Fund
• Institute for Fiscal Studies
• Confederation of British Industry
• Leaders/heads of state of every single other member of the EU
• President of the United States of America
• Eight former US Treasury Secretaries
• President of China
• Prime Minister of India
• Prime Minister of Canada
• Prime Minister of Australia
• Prime Minister of Japan
• Prime Minister of New Zealand
• The chief executives of most of the top 100 companies in the UK including Marks and Spencer, BT, Asda, Vodafone, Virgin, IBM, BMW etc.
• Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations
• All living former Prime Ministers of the UK (from both parties)
• Virtually all reputable and recognised economists
• The Prime Minister of the UK
• The leader of the Labour Party
• The Leader of the Liberal Democrats
• The Leader of the Green Party
• The Leader of the Scottish National Party
• The leader of Plaid Cymru
• Leader of Sinn Fein
• Martin Lewis, that money saving dude off the telly
• The Secretary General of the TUC
• Unison
• National Union of Students
• National Union of Farmers
• Stephen Hawking
• Chief Executive of the NHS
• 300 of the most prominent international historians
• Director of Europol
• David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
• Former Directors of GCHQ
• Secretary General of Nato
• Church of England
• Church in Scotland
• Church in Wales
• Friends of the Earth
• Greenpeace
• Director General of the World Trade Organisation
• World Bank

Here are pretty much the only notable people who think we should leave the EU:

• Boris Johnson, who probably doesn’t really care either way, but knows he’ll become Prime Minister if the country votes to leave
• A former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who carried out a brutal regime of cuts to benefits and essential support for the poorest in society as well as the disabled and sick
• That idiot that was Education Secretary and every single teacher in the country hated with a furious passion for the damage he was doing to the education system
• Leader of UKIP
• Britain First
• Donald Trump
• Keith Chegwin
• David Icke

So, as I said, if you can’t be bothered to look into the real facts and implications of all this in/out stuff, just pick the list that you most trust and vote that way. It really couldn’t be more simple.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Blyth Offshore Windfarm

Permission has been granted for an offshore Windfarm to be built off the coast at Blyth.

The five ( initially ) turbines will be built 6 kilometres ( about 4 miles in old money ) off shore by EDF Energy Renewables.

Construction will begin in 2017 and will involve new "gravity base" foundations, and they will be built at Neptune Drydock on the Tyne.

The operations will be from the Port of Blyth, and the first phase should be finished within a year from the start of construction.

The five turbines will generate enough electricity to power 33,000 homes

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Blyth Custom House ( x 2 )

When I came to Blyth in 1983 I was posted to the Custom House, on Ridley Street.

Although no longer in use as a Custom House, the building is broadly recognisable. The building dates from 1890, and superseded the previous building on Sea View.

The old building, and indeed the whole road , has long disappeared, but I recently came across the attached photograph which shows them both. The older one was occupied by a firm of ships' agents, J Hanns & Co, who were operating from Maritime Buildings ( also long gone ) when I worked here.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Blyth Town Council, Meetings June 2016

The following is the schedule of meetings at Blyth Town Council for June 2016

Thursday 2nd June :- Allotments Committee

Tuesday 7th June:- Environment Services Committee
                               ( Shown as Assets Committee on the BTC website )

Thursday 16th June:- Planning and Development Committee

Tuesday 21st June :- Events Committee

Tuesday 28th June :- Staff Committee

Thursday 30th June :- Finance Committee

This is a provisional list, and subject to change

Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are at Arms Evertyne House and start at 6:30 pm