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Residents in Stakeford say problems with crime and antisocial behaviour are not improving.

Residents in Stakeford say problems with crime and antisocial behaviour are not improving, one year on.

Last July a petition was given to the council by a number of people living near Riversdale House, who were fed up of the state of the area.

It claimed that drugs were rife and the elderly were scared of sitting in their gardens due to the constant police presence.

Riversdale House
Google

Empty apartments were left open to vermin and the area around was used as a dog toilet with flytipping and soiled sanitary products.

At a meeting on Monday the Castle Morpeth Local Area Council sounded positive about the progress made.

Head of housing and public protection Phil Soderquest said: “As of June 24, one agent is managing 26 of the 30 flats and is applying proper vetting procedures.

“We continue to monitor it, but there have been no fly-tipping reports since the last update six months ago and police said reports had gone down in recent months."

However the 10 residents who attended disagreed, the meeting heard that one tenant was "shifted from Blyth" and let his brother live with him despite being ordered to live alone, had carried out a burglary of a nearby house, so it’s "not very good vetting".

Mr Soderquest will report back to the September meeting of the local area council.

Designers of Angel of the North rival hope to appeal rejected plans

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

The team behind designs for a sculpture in Northumberland three times the height of the Angel of the North say they will appeal after plans were rejected by councillors.

The Ascendant, intended to commemorate the Queen, was to be built on the summit of Cold Law near Kirkwhelpington.

The planned structure would have been The 183ft (56m), made from steel and feature a spire pointing towards the sun.

The proposal was denied on grounds it was inappropriate for the location.

The team behind the plans say they're hopeful it will be approved through the National Planning Inspectorate and they'll be lodging an appeal.

Artist impression of The Ascendant
SIMON HITCHES

Sculpture bigger than Angel of the North to be discussed

Planners meet today to decide whether to give permission for a controversial monument measuring three times the height of the Angel of the North to be installed in rural Northumberland.

The sculpture is being called the Elizabeth landmark to honour the Queen.

Planning permission is being sought to put up the structure - on the top of Cold Law - a hillside near Kirkwhelpington.

The structure has been designed by Simon Hitchens and features a large steel spire pointing at an angle towards the sun "at its zenith on midsummer's day".

There would also be a viewing area, 17-space car park, a bronze map on a stone plinth and steel inserts on the floor denoting the Commonwealth flag and distance markers to member-state capitals.

There would be no toilets, visitor centre or amenities and signage would be used to direct visitors to facilities, including pubs and shops, in Ridsdale, West Woodburn, Sweet Hope Loughs, Knowesgate and Kirkwhelpington.

The Structure
SIMON HITCHENS

Drivers make successful pothole damage claims

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ben O'Connell

Motorists whose cars were damaged by potholes were successful in about 60% of claims against Northumberland County Council, figures show,

In 2018-19, drivers made 253 claims, of which 150 were successful, according to Freedom of Information (FOI) Act figures.

Motorists can only claim if the authority responsible for the road has been negligent and councils have a statutory defence that they cannot be held liable for a defect they are not aware of

In the 2017-18 financial year, there were a larger number of claims - 407 - but 40% (167) were successful.

The total cost to the taxpayer of the successful claims, including legal fees, was £45,966.07 in 2018-19, up from £41,889.10 the previous year.

pothole patching
BBC

In April, we reported that Northumberland filled in more potholes last year than any other council in the country.

FOI requests showed that the local authority repaired 69,506 potholes in 2018, 14,633 more than the next best performing council, Lincolnshire.

A Northumberland County Council spokesman said there was a big spike in damage to roads as a result of the bad winter of 2017-18 culminating in the Beast from the East.

“The greater number of defects may have led to more claims than usual being received and more being successful," he said.

“We continue to take the quality of road surfaces and repair of potholes very seriously – and invest considerable time and resources in making ongoing improvements to our road network.”

Decision delayed on Northumberland hilltop artwork

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ben O'Connell

A decision about plans for a £1m public artwork almost three times the height of the Angel of the North has been delayed.

Lord Devonport wants to place the 56m (184ft) Elizabeth Landmark on the summit of Cold Law, near Kirkwhelpington in Northumberland.

It was recommended for approval at Northumberland County Council's strategic planning committee meeting yesterday.

After almost two hours of debate, a motion to approve the proposal was voted down by eight votes to six, before a motion to defer the decision so that members could go on a site visit was passed by 12 to two.

This caused confusion among those in attendance, who thought that the monument had been turned down.

However, as is always the case with planning decisions, a separate motion to refuse, with valid planning reasons, would have been required to reject the application.

Planning officers felt that the "wider public benefits of a major new landmark public art feature" and the tourism opportunities outweighed any negatives, but not all locals shared this view, with objections from 29 residents plus Corsenside Parish Council.

Artist's impression of Elizabeh Landmark
BBC

Hilltop monument proposal decision due

A decision about plans for a sculpture nearly three times the height of The Angel of The North will be made later.

Lord Devonport wants to erect the 183ft (56m) tall steel structure on his estate on the summit of Cold Law near Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland.

He said the £1m Elizabeth Landmark would commemorate the Queen and the Commonwealth and believes it will boost tourism in the area.

The structure has been designed by Simon Hitchens and features a large steel spire pointing at an angle towards the sun.

Today Northumberland County Council will decide whether to grant permission.

"Ascendant"
Simon Hitchens

'Unusual' hilltop monument proposal set to get go-ahead

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ben O'Connell

An "unusual proposal" to build a new monument, almost three times the height of the Angel of the North, is expected to get the go-ahead next week.

Earlier this year, plans were lodged for the construction of a publicly-accessible landmark, commissioned to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth, on the summit of Cold Law, near Kirkwhelpington.

Known as the Elizabeth Landmark, the idea for the £1million, 56-metre structure was put forward by philanthropist and retired architect, Lord Devonport, or Terence Kearley.

The planning officer's report of councillors said: "This is an unusual proposal which does not lend itself easily to a conventional site-based evaluation of impact.

"The wider public benefits of a major new landmark public art feature need to be seen in light of the strategic importance attached to place-based tourism in Northumberland."

Ascendant by Simon Hitchens
BBC

It has been recommended for approval when it goes before Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee on 4 June.