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POLITICS: In defence of councillor

Having spent almost 20 years working in local government, I would like to think I am reasonably well qualified to identify what makes a good county councillor and representative for our town, and I would like to address some of the comments made by Labour candidate for Alnwick James Mathewson against Coun Gordon Castle, (Northumberland Gazette, March 16).

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ARCH: Expansion has gone too far

ARCH: Expansion has gone too far

Following a letter by a Labour election candidate commenting on the Conservative position on Arch, I would like to clarify our position for readers, (Northumberland Gazette, March 16).

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GARDEN: Why not get a bank loan?

GARDEN: Why not get a bank loan?

It must have been obvious to both the Duchess of Northumberland and Northumberland County Council that a loan by the council to the Alnwick Garden charity would be politically contentious at a time when council finances are under great pressure.

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ELECTIONS: Parishes need new members

ELECTIONS: Parishes need new members

Parish Councils are a vital part of local democracy and enable communities.

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GARDEN: Look to the open market

GARDEN: Look to the open market

Last week, I listened to an item on the Radio4 Today programme in which the chief executive of a large insurance company pleaded with companies generally to increase investment at a time when the viability of money is at its highest and interest rates at their lowest.

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HOUSING: Defend town with strategy

HOUSING: Defend town with strategy

Amble town and county councillors need to defend this small, but developing town from the rash of developers.

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SURGERY: Parking is a nightmare

SURGERY: Parking is a nightmare

So, our two medical practices are to merge, which should prove to be cost effective.

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APPOINTMENTS: More planning is required

APPOINTMENTS: More planning is required

Ringing the physiotherapy department in Alnwick the other day to book an appointment, the first date offered was for exactly four weeks later.

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SPEEDING: Act now, before it is too late

SPEEDING: Act now, before it is too late

I write to endorse James Willoughby’s article about speeding motorists in the town, (Northumberland Gazette, February 16).

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POLITICS: Questions for councillor

POLITICS: Questions for councillor

Whilst looking through your letters section to read residents’ opinions on local issues, I was left profoundly confused by Coun Gordon Castle’s letter (Northumberland Gazette, March 2).

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LIGHTS: Original way of raising funds

LIGHTS: Original way of raising funds

I would like to pay tribute to Kelvin, the Market Place butcher, for arranging an unexpected and original way of raising funds for Alnwick Christmas Lights.

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GARDEN: More details are needed

GARDEN: More details are needed

I read the extensive article that the Alnwick Garden plans to create ‘the biggest play structure in the world’ with a possible loan from Northumberland County Council (Northumberland Gazette, March 2).

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ASSOCIATION: Trieste group is expanding

ASSOCIATION: Trieste group is expanding

The British Element Trieste Force Association has recruited 40 new members over the past 20 months.

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REFUGEES: We should open our arms

REFUGEES: We should open our arms

I was concerned to read MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s views on unaccompanied child refugees, (Northumberland Gazette, March 2).

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COUNCIL: Shocked by behaviour

COUNCIL: Shocked by behaviour

If anyone has concerns about the level of debt and borrowing by Northumberland County Council, do as I did and watch the full council meeting from the public gallery.

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PHONES: Is crackdown a non-starter

PHONES: Is crackdown a non-starter

The saying goes that a day is a long time in politics. That was certainly evident with respect to the latest action against people using mobile phones while driving.

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SCHOOL: Timescale is too short

SCHOOL: Timescale is too short

I write as a concerned resident of Belford and a former headteacher of 20 years standing.

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DEVELOPMENT: A win-win proposal

DEVELOPMENT: A win-win proposal

It was great to see Northumberland County Council’s commitment to Amble’s James Calvert Spence College, following the new high school for Alnwick, (Northumberland Gazette, February 23).

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CAR PARK: Give credit where it’s due

CAR PARK: Give credit where it’s due

I was interested to read about the new car park at Newton-by-the-Sea, (Northumberland Gazette, February 16).

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PRISON: It’s no worse than any other

PRISON: It’s no worse than any other

I am a member of staff at HMP Northumberland and felt a need to try to redress the balance a little after the recent negative press.

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