Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Tour of Britain, Stage 4 finishing at Blyth

Final details of the Stage 4 of the tour of Britain next week ( Wednesday 9th September ) are available

The route enters Blyth along the road from Seaton Sluice, goes along Rotary Way, Broadway and Renwick Road and then down Waterloo Rd with the finish at the Market Place

Because of this, there will be road closures along the route. Along the route the roads will be closed from 1 pm until 4 pm ( with a little "wriggle room" possible if the race timing is very fast, or very slow )

There will also be parking restrictions along the route

Waterloo Road will be closed all day

The Keel Row car park will be closed all day 

I understand that this might inconvenience a few people on the day, but this is a great opportunity for Blyth, and gives the town better publicity than we used to get some years ago. 

It is only one day,so  live with the minor inconvenience and enjoy the spectacle and excitement of this national event. 

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Discouraging fly tipping ..... or encouraging it ?

I was checking whether the Bebside waste recycling site was open tomorrow, when I noted this little gem.

From 14th September Northumberland County Council will be charging for the disposal of plasterboard, rubble and soil.

Charges range from £2 for a "bin bag" or single sheet, to £80 for a van load ( = transit van sized )

I can understand the charges being levied for commercial users, but I'm not sure about this for residential users. Especially when commercial users are not supposed to use the local amenity sites

I hadn't seen the announcement before today, and I bet that many people will be caught unawares when they are refused permission to drop rubbish off without payment.

Payment can be made by credit or debit cards, and if you don't have one, a prepayment card can be bought from local Payzone points. Cash cannot be taken at the sites.

But wait, there's more. There are no Payzone points in Blyth. The Bebside site payments can be bought in Bedlington, Choppington, Scotland Gate, Ashington and Seghill.

So, someone turns up at a site without having pre-paid, and not having a card with them they are turned away.

Fly tipping is already a big problem, I bet this makes it worse.

Oh, by the way, the site is open tomorrow.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Blyth Town Council, Meetings of September 2015

The following are the meetings scheduled for September

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

Tuesday 1st September     Staff Committee *

*  This will be predominantly a Part II meeting,

Thursday 3rd September       Finance Committee 

Tuesday 8th September     Planning and Development Committee

Thursday 10th September    Events Committee 

Thursday 17th  September    Full Council 

Thursday 24th September     Planning and Development Committee

Tuesday 29th September    Events Committee 

As ever, these are subject to change

Friday, 28 August 2015

Blyth Quayside Family Fun Day

The Blyth Quayside Family Fun Day ( aka Lifeboat Open Day ) will be on Saturday 5th September from 11am until (about )  4:30pm 

If you are on Facebook, please follow Blyth RNLI on :-  https://www.facebook.com/blythlifeboat 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Bank Holiday bin collections

With next Monday ( August 31st ) being a Bank Holiday, the bin collections in Northumberland are put back a day.

So, if you usually have your bins emptied on a Monday, next week it will be Tuesday ( etc)

Any problems, please contact Northumberland County Council

Next week is a Green Bin week ( ie non-recyclable, general, rubbish )

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

X13 bus route changes

The bus company Arriva has announced changed to the X13 bus route in Blyth .

From Sunday 6th September the bus will no longer serve Sandringham Drive, and the time "saved" will be used to take the bus along Broadway, Renwick Road and Waterloo Road.

There was a public consultation on this, and Arriva say that there was overwhelming support for the change. But I argue that the consultation was flawed, the two choices were not dependent but separate.

I could have supported returning the route along Broadway and Waterloo Road , but not at the expense of the many bus users from the roads off Sandringham Drive.

Many people will be cut off from any buses at all, as it is "a fair hike " to the new route on South Newsham Road, let alone the need for a new stop , layby and shelter.

The elderly and disabled will have difficukty getting to the bus. There will be more reliance on cars with the effects that has on the junction with South Newsham Road

I will not dwell on the fact that Northumberland County Council and Blyth Town Council have invested in bus shelters on Sandringham Drive.

I have again written to Arriva asking them to change their decision, but as yet, no reply.

The fight goes on !!