Inquiry into shops plans

A public inquiry into controversial proposals for supermarket and retail developments in Berwick is now scheduled to last up to four weeks.

A public inquiry into controversial proposals for supermarket and retail developments in Berwick is now scheduled to last up to four weeks.

The hearing starts later in the month at Berwick Town Hall and the borough council have a budget of about £20,000 for experts to conduct their case. Tesco hope to develop in Tweedmouth, Morrison's plan to extend on their site on the northern outskirts and the firm of Kensington and Edinburgh want to provide retail outlets on the site of the former Pringle of Scotland Knitwear factory on the Tweedside Trading Estate.

Voluntary cash

GATESHEAD Council has announced it will hand out £81,620 to community and voluntary sector groups. The council distributes funding through its grants and awards scheme four times a year.

Among groups to benefit this time are the Ouch Project, Blaydon Writers, Gateshead Sea Cadets, Advocacy in Gateshead and South Tyneside, and various sports teams and out-of-school clubs.

Tommies talk

A FIRST World War expert John Bourne gives a talk entitled `Tommy is No Soldier' at the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery on Saturday at 2pm. He will argue that the popular view of the soldiers as victims, shamed into the army and kept there by the guns of the military police and the threat of being `shot at dawn', does not do them justice.

Tickets, £4 (£3 concession, £2.25 for children and £2 for season ticket holders), available in advance on (0191) 384-2214.

Builder's blaze

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a blaze yesterday (SUN) at the Haslam building site, in Mandale, Thornaby, Teesside, at around 5.15am. The first floor of a building under construction was completely destroyed.

Trust meeting

THE Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust board meeting on WednesdayOctober 11 at St Nicholas' Hospital, Gosforth, is open to the public. Copies of the agenda are available from Carole Banks on (0191) 223-2975 or Carol.Banks@nmht.nhs.uk

A19 smash

A VEHICLE smashed into the central reservation on the A19 northbound, just short of the A689 turn-off, near Wolviston, at around 9.30pm on Saturday. Fire officers made the vehicle safe.

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