Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, February 5, 2015)

The Northumberland Gazette delves into the archives to remind readers of stories from the past.

Thursday, February 3, 2005

An MP has called for time to be given to Ellington Colliery’s redundant workers so they can pump out the flooded mine and allow it to reopen. Alan Beith made the call while praising the 340 workers made redundant last week by UK Coal and called on the Government to financially support them. He has also asked the Government if it is to give additional help to the area for regeneration. Mr Beith asked: “This shows the dedication of these miners and their desire to save the pit and continue working on the substantial resources underground. There is huge resentment at the speed with which UK Coal made the decision to close the mine, just when the men had begun to win the battle against the water. The closure was presented as a safety issue when it is really about the cost of resuming production.”

Friday, February 2, 1990

A solution to the Alnwick town-centre traffic problem could be key to the future of many small shops in the town. That’s the view of former Chamber of Trade chairman and local businessman, Kenny Kim. Mr Kim was expressing concern that the views of local traders have yet to be sought by the district council in the preparation of the town plan. Mr Kim said that in the past two months, several traders and members of the public had approached him about various aspects of the traffic situation in Alnwick and what they would like changed. One of the issues raised was the War Memorial at Bondgate Without and the possibility of creating a roundabout there to alleviate the danger of that junction. Another issue was traffic congestion around the entrance to Alnwick Castle in Bailiffgate.

Friday, February 5, 1965

Richard Crossman, Minister of Housing and Local Government, has informed Northumberland County Council that he is prepared to approve the proposals contained in the Alnwick Town Map – subject to certain modifications. Most important of these is the deletion of the allocation of two acres of land in the central area of the town for industrial purposes. The County Planning Committee, which yesterday recommended the council to accept the modifications, stated it was pleased to note that special reference had been made by the Minister to the need to preserve the architectural character of Alnwick and to protect the beauty of the surrounding countryside, especially to the north. Proposals put forward were for Alnwick to become one of the most up-to-date towns in the country.