Go-ahead for turbine

Plans to erect a 15-metre high wind turbine for educational purposes at the Northumberland College's campus at Kirkley Hall, near Ponteland, are expected to be approved by Castle Morpeth councillors next week.

Plans to erect a 15-metre high wind turbine for educational purposes at the Northumberland College's campus at Kirkley Hall, near Ponteland, are expected to be approved by Castle Morpeth councillors next week.

Root of problem

A WORKING group set up by Blyth Valley Council to examine the problem of anti-social behaviour in the borough has voiced concerns about the shortage of diversionary activities to get young people off the streets and keep them out of trouble.

Thumbs down

A BID to convert the 300-year-old former village smithy in Hepscott, near Morpeth, into living accommodation has been rejected by Government planning inspector Wenda Fabian. She has upheld Castle Morpeth Council's refusal of planning permission, saying the work would harm the character and appearance of the Grade II-Listed building.

Show returns

ACTRESS Rosemary Hawthorne returns to Alnwick Playhouse on June 8, in her hilarious one-woman show. The Knicker Lady romps through 250 years of bloomers, briefs and bustles, presenting the myriad of colourful characters that wore them, in a unique and enigmatic style of her own.

Rosemary always meets the audience after the show, answers their many questions and signs copies of her books. Tickets are £12, £11 for concessions, and the show starts at 7.30pm.

Rents strategy

BOSSES at the Blyth Valley Housing management company have drawn up a new strategy aimed at preventing rent arrears and supporting tenants facing financial difficulties.

The company, which manages 7,000 houses and flats for the borough council, has produced the strategy following consultations with tenants. It aims to prevent rent arrears from building up and reduce the need to take court action and eviction proceedings against tenants owing large sums of money.

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