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 The building dates from 1890, and superseded the previous building on Sea View.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

Friday, 20 May 2016

Bin Collections in Blyth, Week beginning 31st May

With Monday 31st May being a Bank Holiday the bin collection rota for the week is put back a day.
If you normally have your bin emptied on a Monday, that week it will be Tuesday , and so on .

The week beginning 31st May is a blue bin ( ie Dry Recyclable) week

Blyth Town Council , Annual Meeting

Last night, 19th May, it was the annual meeting of Blyth Town Council.

Against previous custom and practice, the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Margaret Parker was nominated to return as Mayor for the 2016/17 year. Don't get me wrong, I congratulate her on her re-appointment, but wonder if there were no other volunteers / candidates within the Labour group.

Cllr Adrian Cartie was nominated and therefore elected as Deputy Mayor.

Not unsurprisingly I was replaced as Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee. I took the post last year to do the Labour Group a favour, but " have been seen to be too involved in council matters" ( a quote from a Labour Councillor last night) . Don't worry, I'll still be involved .... as the old phrase says, "..on the outside p***ing in ..."

I will be asking some awkward questions over the next year, even if I have to use Freedom of Information requests to get answers.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Bebside Railway Crossing

The level crossing at Bebside will be closed from 10pm Sunday (8th May) until 6am Monday (9th May)

By keeping to these times disruption will be kept to a minimum, but traffic wanting access to Horton Lane, Heather Lea etc will have to be via Bebside Road and Horton Road ( aka the long way round)

I'm not sure if the X8 route runs within the 8 hour period, but if so it will be re-routed

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Meetings of Blyth Town Council , May 2016

The anticipated meetings of Blyth Town Council for May 2016 are:-

Tuesday 3rd May - Finance Committee

Thursday 12th May - Planning and Development Committee

Thursday 19th May - Full Council Meeting

Tuesday 24rh May - Events Committee

Thursday 26th May - Annual Town Meeting

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

As ever, please check that the meeting is still on beforehand if you intend attending any meeting

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Free Wifi in Blyth

The initial  free wifi trial in the centre of Blyth has been an apparent success, and now the County Council are hoping to extend the coverage.

I'm not sure of the technicalities, but the system needs to "daisy chain" from one hot spot to another, and so with this year's Tall Ships event the next stage will involve going along Bridge Street to Dun Cow Quay, and hopefully along Wensleydale Terrace to the South Beach car park ( aka The Mermaid Café Car Park ) and even beyond!

It is hoped that a further area in Kitty Brewster and Cowpen, using the High School as a starting point, will follow.

I have already suggested that coverage along Regent Street, past Morrisons towards Wimbourne Quay should be added to the schedule, but if you can think of any other parts of Blyth that can be "daisy chained" then contact me and I'll pass them on.

One small point. The system is kept deliberately restricted so that it doesn't have the speed to download movies etc, but has enough for EMails, basic Internet access etc. There are legal problems with full high speed access being "state funded"