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Glowing 'totem sign' in Hexham rejected as 'ugly, outlandish, intrusive, and garish'

A planning bid for the sign within Hexham Conservation Area, near the railway station, has been refused amid opposition

Newcastle City Council hit by huge government cut - leaving it even poorer than expected

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes
Newcastle City Council must now made a further £800,000 of cuts as Central Government gives less than expected funding settlement

Newcastle Tourism chiefs concerned that Newcastle City Council cuts could impact on work

Tourist Information Centre, Central Arcade, Newcastle
Tourism chiefs are disappointed that Newcastle City Council cuts will see the city centre visitor information centre closed

Public invited to share views on future of Hadrian's Wall

Students from Excelsior Academy prepare for their Himalayan trek
Members of the public are urged to share their views on plans for the future of Hadrian's Wall

Government issues councils with warning over council tax hike

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes
Councils like Newcastle must go to public referendum if they rise council tax to a full 2%, Communities and Local Government minister has said

Schools in the North East receive £17m extra government funding

Seahouses Middle School
Schools in the North East are to receive £17m extra from the government as part of efforts to address funding inequalities

Archer closes Blyth office shedding up to 60 jobs

Eddie Fergusson House, Archer's former offices
The oil services firm announced the closure to staff this week, just over a year since expansion plans were talked about

Benton fitness centre helping clients to not pile on the Christmas pounds

Fitness and wellbeing centre, Sound Mind and Body, is working hard to make sure clients avoid getting stuck in a fitness rut this Christmas

North East unemployment figures down but the region still has the highest rate in the country

Job centre
There was a mixed reaction to Wednesday's unemployment figures, which saw an increase in the number of people in work compared to 2013

KPMG profits dented by investment as northern revenues rise to £200m

Mick Thompson of KPMG
Mick Thompson, office senior partner at KPMG's Newcastle base said it had been a period of expansion in the region

New homes to be built on the site of a former care facility in Haltwhistle

Professor Simon Hogg and research postgraduate Dr Alison Auld with a model of turbine blades developed at Durham University
The former Greenholme care facility at Haltwhistle, which had become a target for vandals, is to be demolished to make way for homes

First woman Bishop Revd Libby Lane studied for the clergy in Durham

Rev Libby Lane delivers a speech inside Stockport town hall after the announcement by the Church of England that she will be appointed as the first female bishop
Revd Libby Lane trained for the clergy in Durham and has been backed in her new job by the former and current Bishop of Durham

Senior BP man among speaker lineup for major Tyneside energy conference

Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics at BP
The first speakers for March 2015's Energy: A Balanced Future conference have been announced

Change in law for pioneering IVF technique developed at Newcastle University is one step closer

Alison Murdoch, professor of reproductive medicine at Newcastle University and consultant at Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life
Newcastle scientists welcome news that an IVF-based technique they are developing is one step closer to being available

Abigail Pogson announced as Sage Gateshead managing director

Sage Gateshead names Abigail Pogson as new Managing Director
The new managing director of music venue and education centre Sage Gateshead is to be Yorkshire-born Abigail Pogson

Lord Shipley to chair task force shining light on airport expansion plans

Lord John Shipley
Former Newcastle City Council leader will look at how plans to expand either Heathrow or Gatwick impact on regional bases like Newcastle Airport

Bingo refuses to bite the dust creating opportunities for North East businesses

Bingo cards
Analysis of the Bingo industry shows it is still a big player in the gambling industry
Hexham signs

Glowing 'totem sign' in Hexham rejected as 'ugly, outlandish, intrusive, and garish'

A planning bid for the sign within Hexham Conservation Area, near the railway station, has been refused amid opposition

New homes to be built on the site of a former care facility in Haltwhistle

Professor Simon Hogg and research postgraduate Dr Alison Auld with a model of turbine blades developed at Durham University
The former Greenholme care facility at Haltwhistle, which had become a target for vandals, is to be demolished to make way for homes

New jet turbines are just one way in which Durham University's research has helped society

Professor Simon Hogg and research postgraduate Dr Alison Auld pictured with a model of turbine blades developed at Durham University. The design of turbines by the university has led to more efficient engines for passenger aircraft and is making wind energy cheaper by improving wind turbines. The research has strong regional links, for example a partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (formerly NAREC).
The Government praised work by Durham University to improve the design of Rolls Royce jet engines on the world's largest airliner

Public invited to share views on future of Hadrian's Wall

Students from Excelsior Academy prepare for their Himalayan trek
Members of the public are urged to share their views on plans for the future of Hadrian's Wall
Seaham Hall Hotel and Spa has welcomed Wendy Benson as director of sales and marketing

Appointments: Seaham Hall welcomes new sales and marketing director

A North East hotel has strengthened its management team with the appointment of one of the industry’s most senior figures

Appointments: Making a splash in the Lakes with Ringtons

Gloria Sanchez is the new business development manager for Ringtons Beverages based in Cumbria
Ringtons have taken on Gloria Sanchez to help secure new business in the North West and the Lakes

Appointments: Team grows as investment landscape looks up

Joe Phelan, left, and Jonathan Yates have joined the property department at Ward Hadaway
A growing revival in the property finance sector has led to law firm Ward Hadaway expanding its specialist property business services team

Appointments: Avoca promotes new directors to engineer further growth

From left, Richard Hooper, Mark Hooper and Mike Seaward of Durham-based Avoca Consulting Engineers
A multi-disciplined building service business has announced the promotion of two new directors within its team after a rapid period of growth
Police search for missing 42-year-old Scotswood woman Tracey Miller

Police search for missing 42-year-old Scotswood woman Tracey Miller

Sgt Darren Heads has asked for public's help in tracking down the 42-year-old, after expressing concerns over her welfare

Sunderland man dies in hospital after false report of men with guns at an address

Sunderland man dies in hospital after false report of men with guns at an address
The 36-year-old, of Wetherby Road, was spoken to about the claims but became unwell and was taken to Sunderland Royal by ambulance

Inspectors hit out at number of mentally ill people in police custody in County Durham

Inspectors hit out at number of mentally ill people in police custody in County Durham
HMIC has criticised the number of people suffering from mentally illness taken into custody by Durham police following an unannounced inspection
Alesana Tuilagi on battle to win a Newcastle Falcons place at Harlequins

Alesana Tuilagi on battle to win a Newcastle Falcons place at Harlequins

Despite three Premiership titles and a decade as a top-level international, Alesana Tuilagi knows he has to fight for his Newcastle Falcons place

Newcastle flop Hatem Ben Arfa set for move away only after becoming a film star in France

Newcastle flop Hatem Ben Arfa set for move away only after becoming a film star in France
Hatem Ben Arfa may be away from Tyneside in January but he is to star in a film first back in his native France

Newcastle United's eyes on Belgium as transfer window hovers into view

Newcastle United's eyes on Belgium as transfer window hovers into view
The Black and White scout series is back, and here's who Newcastle United might be looking at in Europe this weekend
Crowds enjoyed the Tenth Birthday celebrations of the Sage

Happy Birthday Review: Now We Are Ten at Sage Gateshead

The iconic Sage Gateshead threw a party to celebrate the completion of its first decade and music critic Rob Barnes was there

Review: Now We Are Ten at Sage Gateshead

Crowds enjoyed the Tenth Birthday celebrations of the Sage
The iconic Sage Gateshead threw a party to celebrate the completion of its first decade and music critic Rob Barnes was there

The Northern Writers' Awards add new short story award in memory of a special lady

Members of the Whitley Bay book club, Penny Taheri, Sue Reay, Sarah Wilkinson, Helen Kelly, Emma Thomas, Helen Bell, Gill Headworth and Karyn Thompson
The Clare Swift Short Story Award has been created by friends of Clare, a huge literature fan, who tragically died in 2013 at the age of 47
Buy local this Christmas for a fantastic feast

Christmas 2014: An A-Z of fabulous festive food in the North East

Some of the finest festive foods are produced on the doorstep and Jane Hall has compiled an alphabetical list of the very best

Top chef joins the staff of five star County Durham country house hotel and restaurant

Richard Allen, who has held a Michelin star since 2011, will be taking over the running of The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall in January when he joins the 5* resort as executive head chef. In addition, Richard will work with the teams in Rockliffe Halls other two restaurants, The Clubhouse and the Spa Brasserie
Michelin starred Richard Allen will manage the Orangery restaurant at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth County Durham

The 2014 Secret Diner Awards: And the nominees are....

Nicely grilled fresh squid, dressed with a mouth-tingling chilli, garlic and coriander sauce
Here come the nominations for the 2014 Secret Diner Awards, which celebrate culinary excellence throughout the North East

World Pie Eating Championships end in controversy

All results declared null and void after batch of rogue pies is eaten

Nine found dead in Cairns house

Police block the road outside a house where eight children have been found dead
Children and woman were stabbed, say reports

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Crowds enjoyed the Tenth Birthday celebrations of the Sage

Happy Birthday Review: Now We Are Ten at Sage Gateshead

Crowds enjoyed the Tenth Birthday celebrations of the Sage

Review: Now We Are Ten at Sage Gateshead

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Benton fitness centre helping clients to not pile on the Christmas pounds

 
 

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