Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Blyth Town Council - Meetings for December 2016

I am only aware of three meetings on the Blyth Town Council calendar for December

Thursday 1st December     Planning and Development Committee

Tuesday 6th December    Environmental Services Committee

Tuesday 13th December    Events Committee

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

As ever, if you intend attending any of these meetings, check with the council beforehand

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Cowpen Remembrance Service

This morning I had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of Blyth Town Council at Cowpen War Memorial.

Usually the Deputy Mayor attends this service to lay the wreath, but he wasn't feeling well, and as I usually attend this service I was asked.

It has always been a smaller service than the Blyth one, but it was reasonably well attended.

Nice touch that the referee officiating a Sunday League match on the nearby football pitch stopped the game for two minutes at 11 o'clock to observe the silence.

Lest we forget.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Phone boxes

BT are proposing to remove many public call boxes across Blyth ( and elsewhere in the county / country ) including the one on Fulmar Drive

Obviously it is a cost saving exercise, but I really find it hard to argue retention if the boxes are not being used.

My colleague, Jeff Reid, is attempting to get usage figures for the boxes, but he has been told that at least one in his ward / division has not been used in over a year.

At the meeting of the town council planning and development committee last week, we all agreed that boxes that are used, even a couple of times per week, should be retained.

However with most houses ( 95% plus last time I received figures) in my ward having land lines, and with the high number of mobile phones out there, it is hard to argue in favour of the phone boxes if they aren't being used

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.