Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Be wary of calls from Lib Dem "Party HQ"

We have just had a call purporting to be from Liberal Democrats party headquarters.

A heavily accented voice asked for support in the "Whitstable" by-election, and suggested that I donate "as little as £25"

I politely explained that I would not give my card details over the phone on an unsolicited call, at which the caller hung up.

A check on 1471 showed that the number was  withheld

Now it could have been a genuine call, and if so we need to train our callers better. However, I suspect a fraud / phishing attempt.

Be wary of such calls, and if you get a similar one, do not give your bank details . Instead, to donate to the party, go online or telephone the party directly.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Remembrance Arrangements for Blyth 2016

Although details are to be confirmed, I believe that the Remembrance Arrangements are:

Sunday 6th November, Submariners' Service at the monument beside St Mary's Church

Saturday 12th November, Newsham Service, at Newsham War Memorial

Sunday 13th November, Cowpen Service at Cowpen War Memorial

Sunday 13th November , Blyth Parade and Service at Blyth War War Memorials

Again, I believe that the Services all start at 11 am

There will probably be a service at the Blyth Academy ( formerly BCC ) on 11th November, but I haven't received confirmation yet.

Blyth Town Council, Meetings for November 2016

Blyth Town Council ha the following meetings scheduled for November.

Thursday 3rd November,   Finance Committee

Thursday 10th November , Planning & Development Committee

Thursday 17th November, Full Council ( preceded by Public Question Time at 6pm )

All meetings start at 6:30 pm, at Arms Evertyne House

As always, please check with the council beforehand

Friday, 14 October 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

"Blue Plaques" for Blyth

At my suggestion Blyth Town Council have agreed to fund commemorative plaques ( often called Blue Plaques, but they don't have to be blue) in Blyth.

There will be a consultation on where these plaques should be placed, either to commemorate a famous building or resident. The consultation will be formally announced soon, in the likes of the News Post Leader or NE24 magazine, but as people outside Blyth may not receive either publication, nominations may be made direct to BTC.

Letters should be addressed to Blyth Town Council, Arms Evertyne House, Quay Road , Blyth, NE24 2AS, or EMail

Obviously we cannot guarantee that every nomination will be accepted, but I would hope that every nomination will be considered.

Cllr Alisdair Gibbs-Barton

Blyth Town Council, October meetings

Blyth Town Council has the following meetings scheduled for October 2016:-

Tuesday 4th October       Allotments Committee

Tuesday 11th October     Environment Services Committee

Thursday 13th October    Community Grants Committee

Thursday 20th October    Planning & Development Committee

Tuesday 25th October      Events Committee

Thursday 27th October    Staff Committee ( This meeting is largely held in Part II , closed session)

All meetings are held at Arms Evertyne House, starting at 6:30 pm

As ever, please contact the town council beforehand to confirm if you intend to go to any of the meetings

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Boundary Commission proposals for Northumberland

Well, bugger me!

The proposals are out, and although backed up by population figures, they really have made a dog's breakfast of the Northumberland proposals.

Most notable is to proposed abolition of the Wansbeck constituency.  Morpeth and Rothbury go to the extended Hexham constituency, Ashington and Newbiggin to Berwick constituency (!) and Bedlington to Blyth constituency.

So that means that the constituency that is to include Ashington is about 50 miles north to south and borders Scotland

Being parochial, the existing Blyth constituency remains, but with the addition of ( I think ) five divisions from Wansbeck ( Bedlington Central, East, West, Stakeford and Sleekburn )   The new constituency will have 76000 + constituents.

Further afield, Ponteland East and Stannington , firmly in Northumberland, become part of a Newcastle constituency.

These are my initial views, and as I said the constituencies have roughly equal populations, but I remain to be convinced.

Ironically I think that the reduction in the number of constituencies ( and therefore MPs ) is a good thing, but it appears that the exercise started with the number and divided up. They could ( should ?) have divided up, reviewed boundaries and then added up the number of necessary constituencies.

Now, is it time to review local government boundaries in the area. How about a Northumberland Coastal Authority .... most of SE Northumberland, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay?