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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Article: Jan 22, 2017
    By Andrew Tebbutt

    A wanton & disgraceful act of political, senseless vandalism took place within the County Hall environs over the weekend. All the mature trees in the 2 inner courtyards, about 20 in total, have been cut down in a covert operation, in which staff who were in the know were threatened with dismissal if the information got out. At least the vigilance of a local resident, walking his dog & seeing what was happening, called members of the South Morpeth Coalition. They in turn contacted me, so we took pictures of it happening, but too late to stop the destruction.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2016
    By Andrew Tebbutt

    With only four months left before the May 2017 elections, and given that a move to Ashington was not specifically referred to in the 2013 Labour manifesto, an attempt was made by Northumberland Conservatives to put a motion to the Full Council meeting to delay final approval of the proposed move until after the election. The motion was to delay only, not to overturn the plan.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2016
    By Joan Tebbutt

    Some of us recognised years ago that there is a problem with Morpeth schools being full and that this can only be made worse due to the planned growth of the town.

    Local Conservatives claim they can show that the modelling used to predict need for school places is faulty, and this has been confirmed by an independent expert. Anybody with an understanding of education in the town knows that there is a serious problem, but because of wrangling between Labour and Conservatives the issue is simply used as a punch bag by both sides.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2016
    By Joan Tebbutt

    Some interesting new items appeared on NCC's website today.

    The planning portal now shows the application for the proposed commercial development on the former Fire & Rescue Service site and Merley Croft; both part of what is referred to overall as the County Hall site. The reference is 16/04292/FUL. Happy reading!

  • Article: Nov 24, 2016
    By Joan Tebbutt

    So, the Outline application for the proposed retail development on the County Hall site was submitted to the Planning Department on Friday 18th November. It should appear on the County's website five to nine days after it was submitted and once it has been "validated" i.e. once it has been checked to ensure that all the necessary paperwork has been made available.