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  1. In 1992/1993 both Safeway/Presto and Keith Pattinson's Market Place had planning applications for shutters refused. Bedlington Conservation Area was listed as a Constraint at the time. Pattinson's were again refused in 1995 and an appeal was dismissed. What appears to be a revised application was accepted in 1996/1997.

    The early nineties were a time when 'Ram Raids' and the likes were prevalent. Apparently staff at the Granada shop may have nicknamed it 'The Takeaway Shop' after it was raided a couple of times in the space of a week. 

  2. In the mid 1980's the Rediffusion Group was broken up and sold off. The TV rental business was acquired by Granada however there is a suggestion by TonyG that the Rediffusion shop may have became NVR owned by the son of Jimmy Millne. Rediffusion would appear to have internal shutters.


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  3. There is a Shopfront Design Guide for Bedlington from October 2007 that states the following: Shopfront security measures have significant potential to harm the character and appearance of the conservation area, both in terms of roller boxes and the visual impact of grilles and shutters when down. This is particularly true of measures added to existing shopfronts at a later date, as the two are then not designed in harmony. The District Council adopted guidance on this issue for Bedlington Conservation Area in 1998 (see Appendix B ). Link to the full document is below the photograph. 

  4. If I recall correctly the shutter restriction is still in place as part of the conservation area guidance but it calls for internally mounted shutter boxes not the restriction of shutters themselves.

    There appears to be external shutters being fitted to the front of the Blue Bell aka Astons Bar this morning. Can't wait to see what they look like when they are finished!

  5. Westridge looks neglected ... almost as if it's waiting for the demolition men to arrive.  Maybe the 60 year-old buildings are now 'not fit for purpose' and need to be tumbled for new stuff to be built.

    Excuse the ignorance but does anyone know if there are any plans for the development of Westridge?

  6. I believe there used to be a restriction on shutters on the Front Street at some point. The decline in the quality of the facilities on the street may have coincided with this restriction being lifted. Zuenziga when it was next to the post office was the first I noticed.


    Perhaps Malcolm could enlighten us re the 'car parts shop next to Tait's' on Glebe Road which has been shuttered up for some time.

  7. Dementia Awareness Week 2015 is taking place from 17th-23rd May and its aim is to get across to as many people as possible that life doesn't end when dementia begins.


    You can get 2-for-1 tickets to The Alzheimer's Show in London on 5th-6th June by using code AS241. Full price tickets are £10 online/£16 on the door. Tickets


    The Alzheimer's Show will feature expert speakers, practical talks, activities and products and services to help in the care of those with dementia.


    I thought posting this under friends and family seemed appropriate however administrators should feel free to move it.

  8. Latest news from tesco is Gregg's will be moving shop because they share a fire exit...and tesco will have to pay them to relocate

    The shop was making a profit but the council wanted them to repair the old coop building which is in a right old state inside the upper floors


    Perhaps there is an asbestos issue at the premises. 

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