an issue raised by our colleagues at Bedlington Matters and Ann Pattison, an ex Humford Mill resident, MAN4B hopes that the new Strategic Planning Committee will grasp another opportunity to flex its recently acquired muscles.
Why? Because permission has been applied for to build two ‘executive’ style homes in the middle of Bedlington Country Park.
Like many, MAN4B is appalled that this application has even been submitted. To apply to build within an area designated as both a Local Wildlife Site and a Local Nature Reserve, particularly 'executive' housing which is out of the reach of the vast majority of Bedlington residents, is insulting and offensive to our community.
This should be seen and dealt with as what it is - a money making exercise at the expense of the wildlife which has been present in this habitat for hundreds of years and also to the thousands of people who love, care for and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Country Park.
Please visit the NCC Planning website – type ‘Humford’ into the search engine and see for yourself. If you are as incensed as we are please add your objection to the many already there.
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West Bedlington Town Council have always been keen to listen to resident views and as part of that interaction decided to set up a Youth Council so the views, hopes and aspirations of our younger community members could also be given a voice.
Commissioning Leading Link to facilitate this new improvement in community interaction the Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been working closely with the younger members of this new group and both agree what a fantastic bunch of youngsters we have here! 
One of the first real tasks was to get them to produce lists of their wants and needs as far as developing the Town goes.  Not only did we get lists off them personally they also petitioned all of their schools too, so now we have a very in depth directory based on popularity of choice. 
WBTC is pleased to welcome this new addition to our representative process and we are looking forward to the presentation they will be giving us on February 9th, 4.30-6.00pm at Bedlington Community Centre. 
We welcome any adults keen to see what our children would like to show us!

West Bedlington Town Council, always keen to promote the interests of its residents have this time teamed up with the Department of Work and Pensions to put on a Jobs Fair in the town.

If you want to find out more just come along on the day.........
It's perhaps a good thing that Mary Weightman isn't around to witness the demise of her life's work, because that's exactly what's now happening!  The Bedlington-based PAWS (People's Animal Welfare Service) is finally shunting up shop due to lack of funding.  PAWS has faltered before: lastly in 1982, when it took two years of fund-raising and the support of notable local people before the valuable project could resume.  But, right now, there sounds to be an eerie finality descending on the sixty one year-old initiative.
Sheilah and Graham Johnstone have been involved in the charity since the mid 1990's and took over the reins when Mary died in 2005.  They've made brave and creditable attempts to meet the rising costs of medicines in recent months.  But, despite welcome support from Bedlintonians, these efforts have fallen well short of securing the circa £1400 a month very necessary to keep PAWS going.
There's always hope that someone will step in to save PAWS, but it will likely need to be someone who's more familiar with social media and modern fund-raising methods. would desperately like to help here and offers its free services in any way possible, together with some limited funding.  If you feel that you can help too then now is surely the time to speak up!
These three characters have all had a positive influence on this, their local community. Shown on the left, I remember Dr Brown with his pet Boxer dog. He was the perfect 'Gentle Man' who spoke to everyone,tipped his hat to all the ladies and spoke to their children. Unfortunately, in his later years, after losing his wife, he became a little confused. I was always amused to see his car parked at all angles along Bedlington Front Street. Everyone seemed to understand and did not mind. I once found him driving his little, light blue, Ford Fiesta, around the Plessey roundabout, the wrong way, hopelessly lost. I had to lead him back into Bedlington. I am pleased to have known him as he was of a generation when Doctors were only too glad to be available to their local community.