Northumberland County Council has launched a review of car parking policy across the county.
The first step in the review is to ask residents, businesses, community representatives and anyone who has an interest what their views are on the key principles of car parking policy through a questionnaire.
Councillor Alan Armstrong, executive member for highways and transport at Northumberland County Council, said: "The questionnaire we have just published is the first step in our review of car parking across the county, and I would urge as many people as possible to express their views. We are very aware that there are currently different policies across the county, and we want to establish a single framework within which local conditions in each area can be considered objectively."
As part of the review the council is also considering a range of factors including current usage levels, current charges, known traffic management or congestion issues, local parking schemes such as residents' permits, tourist areas and equality and social inclusion.
In the past Bedlington residents have expressed concern over the removal of the free parking they currently have access to.
The new Northumberland County Council inherited a range of different parking arrangements from the former district and borough councils, and made an early commitment to carry out a comprehensive review of all parking arrangements.
From the inception of the new council an annual parking permit was extended so that it could be used across the whole county, and the impact of this will also be looked at. A concessionary permit is also available to the over 60s and other qualifying groups.
The questionnaire is being sent to a wide range of organisations and is also available for residents to complete at customer information centres and on the website at http://www2.northumberland.gov.uk/survey/car_parking.htm .
The closing date for returning responses is Monday 7th September 2009.
A second phase of public consultation will take place once a county-wide policy has been drafted.
Northumberland County Council has launched a review of car parking policy across the county.
Bedlington Terriers FC would like to invite applications for the post of Commercial Manager. The main duties of the role will be to source new income for the club from local businesses and organisations by way of sponsorships.
We already have a sound base of local businesses that sponsor the club by way of matchday advertising, etc"¦ but we feel there is plenty more opportunities out there. However, due to work and other commitments, the committee members do not have the resources to explore every avenue meaning vital opportunities to raise the profile of the club are lost along with much needed funds.
The succesful applicant will be somebody who can contact local and regional businesses and inform them of the good work going on at the club, both on and off the pitch. Applicants with the utmost integrity need apply and would ideally suit supporters with spare time during office hours.
On offer is a 10% commission on all sponsorship monies that the succesful person collects for the club.
Interested parties should apply by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a biref outline as to why they feel they are the person we are looking for. The deadline is 8th August.
Bedlington Terriers supporters have plenty to cheer about at the moment "“ without a ball being kicked. Having finished last season off in promising fashion, continuing their gradual year on year improvement by finishing in 14th position, Terriers co-managers Lowery and Perry have moved quickly to add to the strength and quality of their squad.
Having already retained the nucleus of last season's team, who battled through an injury crisis like not seen before at Welfare Park, experienced players have been signing up on a regular basis with the aim of restoring Bedlington Terriers to a position of being able once again to challenge for honours.
Pride of place was the signing this week of Steven Bowey, a move which truly is a coup for the Northumbrian club, and one which has made the whole of North East non-league football sit up and take note.
A vastly experienced midfielder, Steven is known for his tenacious displays. Having started at Forest Green Rovers, he moved on to Bristol Rovers Steve before he came north to Gateshead, where playing for the Tynesiders 188 times.
After moving north of the border to ply his trade with Dumfries based Queen of the South (making 137 appearances and scoring 16 goals), he returned back to England and York City where he scored 7 goals in 42 matches. On leaving York he returned once more to Gateshead where another 9 goals were added to his total in 37 appearances.
Affectionately known as "˜Bowser', last season he was player/manager at Newcastle Blue Star, leading them to victory in the play off final. Following the end of season release of all the Blue Star players and staff, Bedlington have succeeded in signing a man who is generally regarded as a great talent.
This signing is just one of many impressive additions to the squad. Other new players who have joined the Bedlington bandwagon for the coming campaign include:
Peter Snowden "“ a central defender and former skipper of the Blyth Spartans team which won the Unibond Premier Division two seasons ago.
Anthony Lund "“ at only 22, Anthony is already an experienced Northern League player, numbering Durham City and Sunderland Nissan amongst his former clubs. He is a skilful left sided wing back/midfielder who likes to get forward and is an excellent crosser of the ball.
Jamie Clarke "“ needs no introduction to Terriers fans as he has been around the Northern League now for many seasons and has proved himself a prolific goal scorer whichever club he has played at. He finished last season on 30 league goals and was Spennymoor Town were very disappointed to lose a player they consider a "˜legend'.
Jamie Poole -a left footed player who is most at home on that side of the pitch. An ex Blyth Spartans player he left them in January to join Seaham.
Lee Yorke "“ a midfielder who was with West Allotment Celtic before joining Team Northumbria last season. Another excellent addition to the squad.
As well as some new faces, the Terriers also see the welcome return by some familiar faces from more prosperous seasons:
Anthony Chapman "“ now 29, "˜Chappy' now begins his 3rd stint in a Bedlington shirt
Suffered a broken leg when last playing for Bedlington Terriers, but is now back to the best which saw him help Bedlington to league and cup successes. He is an excellent passer of the ball and has stamina to burn, with a never say die attitude who can win games with his passing ability.
Steven Shaw "“ no stranger to the Terriers Steven had a season with us as a 17 year old before leaving to join Ryton. An attacking midfielder, Steven has for the last three seasons picked up the Player of the Year award at Ryton. Steven is a big lad whose extra height will provide even more ammunition at set pieces.
Christian Graham "“ confirmed as having signed on Sunday, Christian spent the early part of his career at Bedlington as part of the successful squad which won so many trophies in the first half of the decade, he finished last season at local rivals Ashington.
He also includes Whitley Bay and Blyth Spartans amongst his former clubs, and is another impressive addition to an ever-strengthening squad being assembled by Terriers co-managers Lowery and Perry. There is no doubt that the Terriers have ambitions to return to challenging for honours this coming season, after the well documented difficulties in recent years
The management team are now thought to have completed their transfer activity for the summer, apart from securing the services of a second goalkeeper to provide back up to incumbent Gareth Powell. However, fans are already very excited over the season ahead and looking forward to seeing the blend of new and old players. There is definitely a "˜buzz' around town!
An off the field signing now confirmed, is the welcome addition of Perry Briggs to the backroom staff. Briggs first appeared at Welfare Park in the closing stages of the last campaign and it is now confirmed that he will be assisting Dean Gibb in the coaching and fitness roles at the Club. An effective foil as number 2 to Bobby Scaife for many years at Dunston Federation as they won trophy after trophy, Briggs proved himself as a manager in his own right when he stepped up into the top job before deciding he wanted a break from the frontline. Bedlington Terriers are delighted to have secured a signing which could prove to be as influential as any made on the pitch.
Bedlington Terriers FC Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 9th July in the Clubhouse, with a prompt 7.30pm start. Anyone with an interest in the future of the football club are encouraged to attend, as Club Officials reflect on the previous year, and describe their aspirations for the coming 12 months.
It's your opportunity to have your say in which direction the Club takes, and a chance to become actively involved, so make sure you are there!
There is a lot of work to be done at the ground this summer and we will be looking for work parties over the odd weekend to help us to improve the overall look of the place. So, anyone that can handle a paintbrush or similar would be very welcome to come along and join us. Keep a look out on the Terriers website and forum for more details when available.
Secretary Dave Collop is going to be doing a sponsored walk around the pitch on Sunday 30th August. This will be raising funds which will be split equally in aid of club funds and the Bedlington Terrier Rescue Society (North Eastern Branch). Alongside this, other activities will be happening at the club on the day so come along and enjoy yourselves. Also don't forget to sponsor Dave in his 10 hour trek.
Bedlington Terriers are delighted to confirm that they are bringing well known British Country singer Travis Logan to Welfare Park Friday 23rd October. Attendance will be strictly limited. Ticket details will be announced shortly but queries can be directed to Club Secretary Dave Collop on 07853052450. For those of you not familiar with the man and his music he can be found at: http://www.travislog....com/index.html
Finally, a number of attractive pre-season friendlies have been confirmed, which will certainly give the Terriers squad excellent preparation ahead of the new season in August. A couple more fixtures are expected to follow in due course, but the following are now confirmed:
Sat 11th July Durham City (a) 3pm
Sat 18th July Selby Town (a) 3pm
Sat 25th July Harrogate Railway (h) 3pm
Wed 29th July Jarrow Roofing (a) 7.30pm
Sat 1st August Kelty Hearts (h) 3pm
The inquiry over the future of the old Bedlington Infants School buildings at the junction of the Market Place with Church Lane has been adjourned almost as soon as it commenced.
Held on Tuesday 12th May and originally expected to last for three days. it has now been determined that new inquiry dates will be scheduled in September. Details will be published here on www.bedlington.co.uk
The former Bedlington Infants School was used as a church hall for some years before an unsafe floor caused its complete abandonment. Since then it has fallen prey to vandals, and is generally regarded as an eyesore in desperate need of suitable redevelopment.
This Saturday night (2nd May), Bedlington Terriers FC invite all supporters to join their reflection on the past season, as they host the traditional Presentation Night at the Terriers Clubhouse. The usual awards will be presented, including the Supporters Player of the Year award. Adding spice to this always memorable evening will be the appearance of the majority of the Wembley FA Vase team, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Club's crowning achievement, albeit ultimately unsuccessful in heartbreaking circumstances. Until Whitley Bay overcame Lowestoft Town recently in the FA Vase semi-final, the Terriers were the last Northern League club to reach a Wembley final.
This night of celebration will begin at 7pm, and all are welcome to come and join the fun, marking the union of Bedlington Terriers FC past and present.
A helpless greyhound needed life saving treatment on Monday after it was discovered bound in electrical tape covered in blood with it's ears cut off. The dog, a black male greyhound, was found by a member of the public at the Bank Top in Bedlington and taken to a local veterinary centre in Morpeth where he is now making a good recovery.
"Lugless Douglas" as he has been nicknamed by veterinary centre staff is believed to be a former racing greyhound due to the horrific nature of the abuse. Racing dogs are often tattooed in the ears so they can be identified and it is thought that the perpetrators carried out this sickening act in order to remove this method of tracing.
RSPCA representatives have gone on record as saying:
"This is an horrific and sickening act of cruelty."
"It is clear this dog's ears have been removed by a sharp implement, which must have caused him unimaginable pain and distress."
"Thankfully he was rescued early and taken to safety, else he easily could have died."
"We just hope someone will now come forward with vital information to help us discover what happened."
The RSPCA also requests that anybody with any information to contact their National Cruelty and Advice Line on 0300 123 4999
Bedlington Terriers overcame Shildon at Welfare Park on a mild evening 2-1 thanks to goals from Brian Dodsworth and Alex Lawson. The game was rearranged from a few weeks ago when the floodlights went out on 81 minutes. Since that game, the club has undertaken extensive repairs to avoid a repeat. And there were no problems on the night and the win sees Bedlington climb to 14th and more importantly go 9 points ahead of Ashington. Bedlington only need one more point from their remaining two games (funnily enough due to postponements earlier in the season due to bad weather) against South Shields.
Saturday sees the action at Welfare Park where all under 16s can get in for free (kick off 3pm) before the Terriers tie up their league campaign on Tuesday night at Filtrona Park (kick off 7.30pm).
In a bid to raise fire safety awareness Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service are offering free household safety checks in the Northumberland area. Crews are scheduled to visit homes in Bedlington, Cramlington, Blyth and Ashington as well as other locations on request.
As well as offering general fire safety advice 10 year smoke alarms will be fitted in households that do not currently have one, free of charge.
Even if you already have a smoke alarm statistics show that in one in every eight house fires attended by fire and rescues services, the smoke alarm failed to work, largely due to flat or missing batteries.
Follow Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service's six essential smoke alarm tips to make sure you push the button, not your luck:
Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home.
Check the battery once a week.
Replace the battery every twelve months.
Battery smoke alarm units should be replaced every ten years.
Consider installing ten-year battery smoke alarms or mains-powered alarms.
Do not put smoke alarms in the kitchen or bathroom.
To arrange a visit or for more information, call 0800 731 1351
Are you an over 60 Bedlingtonian? The government's swim4life initiative now grants you free admittance to local authority swiming facilities right up until the end of March 2011. Northumberland Councillor Isabel Hunter, the executive member for culture, says: "We would have very much liked to offer free swimming for under 16s too, but unfortunately it has not been possible because the grant from Government would not cover the costs."
It is universally accepted that swimming is the best form of exercise. Because, whilst it uses every muscle in your body, the frame is fully supported by the water, and cushioned from the rapid stresses associated with pursuits like jogging. Several sources recommend a minimum of three hours swimming a week to maintain fitness.
Over 60's in the town will remember "“ to a person "“ the golden days when Bedlington had its own swiming baths at Humford. A time when they didn't need to travel to Ashington, Blyth, Cramlington or Morpeth to swim.
We all live in hope that the brand new local authority will give the town a fair slice of its leisure budget. Maybe some "positive discrimination" is now in order to redress the injustices and resentment felt in the town for decades of a shotgun-marriage with Ashington? Plans and promises we've had aplenty, but Ms Hunter: show us the real facilities, you know we're worth it!