Looking back 10, 25, 50 years ago (published Gazette, March 12, 2015)

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

Thursday, March 10, 2004

Patients in north Northumberland have been let down by GPs in the new out-of-hours system, health chiefs admitted this week. The review into medical cover for evening and weekends highlighted the need for more GPs with the skills required to work in rural hospitals to be on duty at Alnwick and Berwick Infirmaries. The review also identified a number of other weaknesses in the system. As reported previously in the Gazette, out-of-hours doctors working for the agency Northern Doctors Urgent Care (NDUC) are not expected to put in stitches, dress wounds or give routine injections and some have no experience of accident and emergency departments. The review was launched in the wake of mounting criticism of the system following the death of an Alnwick pensioner who was turned away from hospital.

Thursday, March 9, 1990

Northumberland County Council is to press the Department of Transport to provide an improved system of road signing on the A1 to increase traffic safety on the road north of Morpeth. And renewed calls have also been made this week to monitor the traffic levels on the A1 in a bid to the DoT for dual carriaging of the road up to Edinburgh. The recently-published Government report, Trunk Roads, England, Into the 1990s, outlines £4,007million-worth of road-building and improvement schemes nationwide in the next three years, but does not allow for the dualling of the A1. The report states: “On the A1 north of Newcastle, dual carriageway has been provided as far as Morpeth. Beyond Morpeth, it is intended to provide a high standard of single carriageway to Scotland with lengths of dual carriageway.”

Friday, March 12, 1965

A new–look Alnwick with the accent on spaciousness and elegance in the town centre and the retention of its character and traditional street pattern is envisaged in a development report which was approved in principle by 11 votes to two at a special meeting of Alnwick Urban Council on Tuesday night. Agreement was given subject to a financial appraisal together with information as to rate, income and ground rents and the council’s eventual liability. It is understood this means there will be negotiations to acquire properties concerned in the scheme. Failure will mean the payment of full-scale compensation. Proposals in the report, which took the London firm of Costain Property and Investments Ltd 15 months to prepare, include the closing of Fenkle Street and the Market Place to vehicular traffic.