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  1. Without doubt this year has been very different to any other. As 2020 comes to an close I would like to give an update on what is happening both in my ward and across Bedlington. I particularly want to touch on why things haven’t moved as quickly as we all hoped on the town centre redevelopment. Like all Bedlingtonians, by now I had expected to see steel frames emerging from the ground, but unfortunately that is not where we are at. Coronavirus has played a large part in this. Ahead of the pandemic Advance Northumberland had both ALDI as the anchor tenant and several other retailers
  2. After what seems like a lifetime since the Market Place development first came under discussion – it was 2015 – I am delighted that Tolent have actually started the work. There are a series of phases with completion is due in late 2019/early 2020. Inevitably there will be disruption, noise, parking issues etc until the project is completed but I hope that the town will now get firmly behind the development and crucially, when it is complete, support the businesses that have invested in Bedlington. These retailers have chosen to come to Bedlington in what are difficult trading times and wil
  3. After what seems like a lifetime since the Market Place development first came under discussion – it was 2015 – I am delighted that Tolent have actually started the work. There are a series of phases with completion due in late 2019/early 2020. Inevitably there will be disruption, noise, parking issues etc until the project is completed but I hope that the town will now get firmly behind the development and crucially, when it is complete, support the businesses that have invested in Bedlington. These retailers have chosen to come to Bedlington in what are difficult trading times and will
  4. As a member of Bedlingtonshire Golf Club I became aware that since the Acres development had been completed problems started to emerge which were making the practice field no longer fit for purpose. Although preventative measures had been taken, golf balls continued to land in the adjacent properties. The course is of championship standard and as such is used for regional events. Therefore, the provision of quality practice facilities is essential for the club to retain this status. The club had been approached by developers with a view to purchasing the land, subject to Planning permissio
  5. As a member of Bedlingtonshire Golf Club I became aware that since the Acres development had been completed problems started to emerge which were making the practice field no longer fit for purpose. Although preventative measures had been taken, golf balls continued to land in the adjacent properties. The course is of championship standard and as such is used for regional events. Therefore, the provision of quality practice facilities is essential for the club to retain this status. The club had been approached by developers with a view to purchasing the land, subject to Planning permissio
  6. I am delighted to learn today that NCC have released £6.5m to allow the Bedlington Market Place development to move to its next stage. This is not the big publicity announcement of the various retailers – that will come later, but the release of this money allows the development of the site to go ahead. Building will begin later this Summer and hopefully be completed by late 2019. Bedlington has been Northumberland’s forgotten town for far too long and this project represents an important landmark in ensuring our town thrives for generations to come. I have been involved in this development
  7. I am delighted to learn today that NCC have released £6.5m to allow the Bedlington Market Place development to move to its next stage. This is not the big publicity announcement of the various retailers – that will come later, but the release of this money allows the development of the site to go ahead. Building will begin later this Summer and hopefully be completed by late 2019. Bedlington has been Northumberland’s forgotten town for far too long and this project represents an important landmark in ensuring our town thrives for generations to come. I have been involved in this development
  8. After a reasonably quiet Easter break, things are moving apace. Firstly, the latest update from ARCH on the Market Place development timescale – we will get there! Pre-work onsite is underway Board approval expected on 28th April Contractor tender returns due on 11 May Clarification/evaluation of tenders complete by 30 June Building due to start by late August Completion late 2019/early 2020 I probably feel the frustration of the time this has taken more than most – it was 2015 when I first sat on the original Bedlington Steering Group. Since then I have gotten to know the ARCH team involve
  9. After a reasonably quiet Easter break, things are moving apace. Firstly, the latest update from ARCH on the Market Place development timescale – we will get there! Pre-work onsite is underway Board approval expected on 28th April Contractor tender returns due on 11 May Clarification/evaluation of tenders complete by 30 June Building due to start by late August Completion late 2019/early 2020 I probably feel the frustration of the time this has taken more than most – it was 2015 when I first sat on the original Bedlington Steering Group. Since then I have gotten to know the ARCH team invol
  10. On 20th February at our Local Area Council meeting, representatives from ARCH gave a positive and optimistic progress report on the Market Place development. The presentation included an up to date timescale with the construction phase beginning in August and completion towards the end of 2019. We were also given a firm indication of the major retailers involved in the project. More information is available from Wednesday, 21st February at http://www.investinginbedlington.co.uk. Like many, I have expressed concern over the timescale of the project. However it is important to realise that
  11. On 20th February at our Local Area Council meeting, representatives from ARCH gave a positive and optimistic progress report on the Market Place development. The presentation included an up to date timescale with the construction phase beginning in August and completion towards the end of 2019. We were also given a firm indication of the major retailers involved in the project. More information is available from Wednesday, 21st February at http://www.investinginbedlington.co.uk. Like many, I have expressed concern over the timescale of the project. However it is important to realise that
  12. As 2017 has drawn to a close it is good to reflect on the year and the lessons that can be learned. Since becoming a County Councillor in May my learning curve has been extremely steep. What I have learned though is that the people of Bedlington want to be kept up to date with what is happening in their community. Through our blogs, Bill Crosby, Malcolm Robinson and I have endeavoured to make sure we have done just that. However not everyone has, or wants, access to web sites or social media. With that in mind I will be leafleting all Bedlington Central households in the Spring with an updat
  13. As 2017 has drawn to a close it is good to reflect on the year and the lessons that can be learned. Since becoming a County Councillor in May my learning curve has been extremely steep. What I have learned though is that the people of Bedlington want to be kept up to date with what is happening in their community. Through our blogs, Bill Crosby, Malcolm Robinson and I have endeavoured to make sure we have done just that. However not everyone has, or wants, access to web sites or social media. With that in mind I will be leafleting all Bedlington Central households in the Spring with an updat
  14. Along with my fellow local Councillors I am delighted to have supported the work to improve the War Memorial area on the Front Street commissioned by West Bedlington Town Council and completed by W L Straughan and Son Ltd. The area provides a fitting memorial to the Bedlingtonians who gave their lives in the service of their country as well as providing a very pleasant recreational facility. Many of the phone calls, emails and surgery visits I receive continue to highlight road safety issues in the town and in particular, speeding cars and motor cycles. I am in ongoing discussion with the Po
  15. Along with my fellow local Councillors I am delighted to have supported the work to improve the War Memorial area on the Front Street commissioned by West Bedlington Town Council and completed by W L Straughan and Son Ltd. The area provides a fitting memorial to the Bedlingtonians who gave their lives in the service of their country as well as providing a very pleasant recreational facility. Many of the phone calls, emails and surgery visits I receive continue to highlight road safety issues in the town and in particular, speeding cars and motor cycles. I am in ongoing discussion with the Po
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