Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Bank Holiday bin collections

As next Monday is a bank holiday, bin collections will be put back a day.

For example if your collection is due on Monday, it will be Tuesday .... etc

Next week is a blue bin ( ie dry recyclable ) week

Sunday, 17 August 2014

A real hero in the family

In August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany. 

Of the many heroes, one has recently stood out for me. One of my wife's ancestors is Mazzini Tron. 

I had known of him, but not his story. I was "gap filling" in her family tree, when I discovered his story. 

Born in the late 1880s, in Gateshead, he emigrated , found his way to Australia, got ordained, joined up and returned for the war ( in Gallipoli and the Western front ) . 

He won the DSO and MC & bar, and in one incident, because he was unarmed made a German officer surrender by repeatedly punching him in the face! He was a writer ( his books can be bought on books on Amazon ) and he was even tutor to Sun Yat-Sen of China .

Google him ...it's a fascinating story

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Blyth Town Council , meetings in August

There are only two meetings scheduled for the month of August

Planning & Development Committee , 14th August,  6:30 pm  *

* This meeting has now been cancelled.

Assets Committee, 26 August , 6:30 pm

In addition there is a public information session called "Blyth and Europe" on 11th August at 5:30 pm

All meetings are at Arms Evertyne House

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Spare Bedroom Subsidy

The whole scheme has been badly thought out from the beginning.

I agree that there is something wrong in the taxpayer paying housing benefit for houses that are larger than needed  ... remember it's only socially rented, that housing benefit pays for, properties that are affected. Remember also that pensioners are exempt.

I also think that something need be done about the abuses of the system ... but that's another story

Why not simply give a "free" spare bedroom in the system? Surely every one must agree that the tax payer should not be paying for over-large houses that are bigger than needed., but a spare bedroom for visitors should be necessary for everyone.

So a single person, or a couple, would only have their benefit reduced in a 3 ( or more) bedroom property.

A family of three ( couple plus 1 child) would only have their benefit reduced if in a four bedroom house.

So, a spare bedroom for family interaction , and remaining outside the subsidy.

And remember, privately rented, or owned, properties, are not part of the system. I have lost count of the number of questions from people who own their houses worrying because their children have moved out and thinking that they were going to be charged the "bedroom tax"

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Blyth Town Council , meetings for July 2014

The following meetings are scheduled to be held in July

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

1st   Planning & Development Committee *

3rd   Finance Committee

8th   Community Grants Committee

17th   Full Council and public question time

24th   Planning & Development Committee

29th   Events Committee 

31st   Assets  Committee  (Postponed until August, Details to follow )

* This meeting may be cancelled, depending on the level of business. Please check with the council