Friday, 29 January 2016

Blyth Town Council - Staff Training

The offices of Blyth Town Council will be closed on Friday 19th February for staff training.

I an emergency contact Northumberland County Council or your local councillor

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Blyth Town Council,Meetings in February 2016

Blyth Town Council has the following meetings scheduled for February

Tuesday 2nd February :    Allotments Committee

Thursday 4th February :  Environmental Services Committee ( formerly  Assets Committee , and still described as such on the council's website ) 

Thursday 18th February :  Planning and Development Committee 

Tuesday 23rd February :  Events Committee

Thursday 25th February :  Staff Committee ( The business of this meeting will be heard "in Part II" ) 

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

The meeting due to be held on Thursday 11th February of the Community Grants Committee has been cancelled due to "lack of business" . However it still appears on the council's website

Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas Tree Recycling in Blyth

Northumberland County Council are to recycle real Christmas trees again this year.

They can be taken to the Household Waste Recovery Centre at Bebside at any time, or between 29th December and 4th January at Asda Blyth ( I assume the "big" Asda ) or the Ranch Car Park on Links Road.

As a closet-traditionalist, I still think decorations should come down on 12th night , so I would have preferred for these sites to be open until after then. However, many people put their trees up long before Christmas Eve, and they probably won't last until 6th January !

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Blyth Town Council , Meetings for January 2016

Blyth Town Council has meetings scheduled for:-

7th January - 14th January - Finance Committee ** Please note changed date 

21st January - Full Council Meeting 

26th January - Events Committee

28th January - Planning and Development Committee 

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

The Planning and Development Committee meeting previously scheduled for 5th January has been cancelled

Monday, 21 December 2015

Blyth Town Council - Christmas and New Year Closure

The offices of Blyth Town Council will be closed from noon on 24th December until the morning of Monday 4th January.

If any resident has an urgent problem, contact your local councillor or Northumberland County Council

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas and New Year bin collections in Northumberland

There will be no changes to bin collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

Monday 21st  to Thursday 24th - Normal Collections  ( Green bin )

Monday 28th to Thursday 31st - Normal Collections  ( Blue bin )

Monday 4th January to Thursday 7th January - Normal Collections ( Green bin )

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Free wifi trial in Blyth

This is the press release, issued by Northumberland County Council.

Free wi-fi trial underway in county
Christmas is coming early to Blyth as the County Council launches a free wi-fi trial in the town centre across the festive period.
The innovative scheme involves wi-fi being fitted onto lamp-posts and is being carried out as part of the authority’s £23m streetlighting modernisation project
The areas covered in the trial are along Bridge Street from the junction of Percy Street to the junction of Wanley Street at the other end, including the market place.
The free wi-fi operates in a similar way to that offered in sports centres and libraries in the county as well as shopping centres and fast food restaurants – with people having to log in the first time they use it. After that they will be connected whenever they pass within range.
The wi-fi speed will allow people to look at social media and check websites – rather than provide enough speed to download films or stream live TV. The signal works in a range of about 30 metres from the lamp posts.
The council will be monitoring the wi-fi usage and if the pilot proves to be a success, it may be rolled out in other towns across the county.
Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: “Our streetlighting scheme is providing state-of-the-art lighting.
“The LED street lights typically use around half the amount of energy currently used by the existing street lights in Northumberland and with new, longer lasting technology there will be minimal maintenance required.
“It’s great to now be able to offer a great spin-off in terms of free wi-fi. This is very smart use of council resources, and I am looking forward to seeing the results of the trial.”
Councillor John Potts, chair of the Blyth Town Council Partnership Board, said: “The council is very pleased that Northumberland County Council has chosen Blyth as a trial site for the free wi-fi and hope that residents will make use of the service when they come to the town centre."
The overall streetlighting modernisation project is now well underway, with 9% of the replacement programme now complete – equal to 4,087 new LED lights and 1,438 new posts installed. It is currently delivering a 66% reduction in energy consumption.
The three year project involves replacing 28,000 lights with energy efficient LED units and replacing a further 16,500 lamp posts.
While most of the work is now complete in Ashington, some issues still need to be resolved in parts of the town. The scheme is now moving onto Newbiggin, Stakeford and Bedlington.

Due to technical issues the contractors are currently 13 weeks behind schedule on the overall programme, but the council expect this to be back on track by May 2016.

I welcome the trial and have been regularly asking for updates from NCC officers. I make regular use of similar wifi provision when on holiday in Malta.
Similarly, the renewal of the street lighting is also very welcome, with nearly a tenth of the renewals completed..