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  2. Five parks in Northumberland are to be upgraded thanks to an investment of £287,000. Northumberland County Council's cabinet approved to spend £204,000, with the remaining £83,000 funded by contributions from the likes of town and parish councils. As part of its medium-term financial plan, the local authority has already set aside capital funding of £150,000 per year from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to invest in parks and green spaces. So far, money has been spent at Jennings Field in Bedlington , Astley Park in Seaton Delaval, and Eastwood Park in Prudhoe. Following the sign-off on Tuesday, Blyth's Ridley Park and Mermaid play area, Alexandra Park in Cramlington , Gallagher Park in Bedlington, and Rothbury's Riverside play area are all set to benefit. At Ridley Park, £45,000 will be spent in total with £25,000 being used to refurbish the hugely-popular water play area.
  3. It's always exciting to see your home town on the telly. But unfortunately, when places you know and love are staring in a popular crime drama, they may not always be looking their best. That's what Vera-loving Cramlington residents discovered when they tuned in to the first episode of the new series, on ITV on Sunday night. While they enjoyed the drama, many noted it wasn't exactly an advert for the Northumberland town. Several scenes were filmed in the streets of Cramlington, though in keeping with Vera's general habit of re-naming places in the North East, the town went by a different name. On Twitter, Cramlington-based photographer Karen Hudspith said: "Here was I getting excited about seeing my hometown on Vera. "It's just made it look like a s***hole. Cramlington thankfully is nothing like Crowley.
  4. Plans for up to 501 homes on the outskirts of Cramlington were thrown out by councillors who were keen to protect ‘prestige’ employment land.
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  6. If you haven't eaten enough cheese over the festive period to last you a lifetime, there's a new flavour calling out to be tried. But forget about high brow combinations like Brie and cranberry and port and Stilton as one has just hit shelves that should have a lot more mainstream appeal as it combines cheese with a night out must have..chip shop curry sauce! And whether the thought of that concoction has you salivating at the mouth in anticipation or gagging in disgust, you won't have to break the bank to give it a go as it's only sale at Home Bargains right now for only £1. Made by Windyridge, the self-confessed makers of 'innovative' British cheese, the Chip Shop Curry Cheese has already had a huge reaction on Facebook page Extreme Couponing & Bargains UK. As well as a lot of "omg" replies, someone quickly declared "I need this in my life," while someone who's cleasrly already tried it, posted "it's lush!" Among all the positive reactions were quite a few GIFs of people being sick and a few vom emojis, but if you fancy deciding for yourself there are Home Bargains in and around Newcastle in the likes of Gateshead , Jarrow, Wallsend, Blaydon and Cramlington.
  7. Plans for up to 501 homes on the outskirts of Cramlington were thrown out by councillors who were keen to protect 'prestige' employment land. The proposals by Homes England, for land at West Hartford Business Park, to the north-west of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service's HQ, were unanimously rejected at Tuesday's meeting of the county council's strategic planning committee. The bid was a hybrid submission seeking full planning permission for a wildlife mitigation area covering 26 hectares on the northern part of the site and outline permission for up to 501 dwellings, a primary-care facility and associated open space on the southern 25-hectare section of the site. But planners had recommended refusal as allowing it to be used for housing "would result in the loss of a high-quality employment site". Setting out the reasons, planning officer Geoff Horsman explained that this site represents more than half the employment land available in Cramlington and 10% of the county's total. At 32 hectares, it is also the largest single site available in Northumberland, which makes it valuable if there were a large-scale investor needing a large area for development.
  8. Our annual search for the region’s best firms is almost complete and entries for the North East Business Awards close at the end of this week. Companies are urged to get their entries in by 3pm on Friday, January 11 to beat the fast-approaching deadline. It’s completely free to enter and companies can put themselves forward for up to three categories. The awards recognise the depth of talent across a wide range of sectors and are run by The Journal and its sister paper on Teesside, The Gazette, with support from the North East England Chamber of Commerce. There are awards for pivotal sectors include manufacturing, digital technology, services and creative, while awards also exist for the fastest-growing companies, the best exporters and those showing the greatest innovation. Popular categories include the small business award and the newcomer of the year.
  9. Construction company Merit Holdings is celebrating an “outstanding” year in which profits more than doubled on soaring turnover. The Cramlington firm, which employs around 117 people, has built up a reputation for working on complex, high-tech contracts across a range of sectors including healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing, retail, commercial and nuclear. The specialist engineering and constuction firm – the winning Company of the Year at last year’s North East Business Awards – has now posted accounts for the year ended March 31 2018 citing huge growth on the back of major contract wins. Contracts include a highly specialised contract to construct three laboratory units for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on its research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, the ship the public voted to be called Boaty McBoatface. Other high profile contracts have been carried out at the likes of the Royal Albert Hall, Harrods, Westfield Shopping Centre and Diamond Light Source, the synchrotron construction project at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell. Turnover jumped by 49% to £47.4m, delivering pre-tax of £2.94m – more than double the previous year’s £1.11m.
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    Work starts on sensory garden

    Work has started on the development of a new sensory garden in Alexandra Park, Cramlington.
  11. Customers and staff at a Cramlington pub joined the council to brighten Christmas for many local youngsters.
  12. Plans for up to 501 homes on the outskirts of Cramlington are recommended for refusal next week as the development would eat up valuable employment land. The proposals by the Homes and Communities Agency to build on land near West Hartford Business Park will go before Northumberland County Council's strategic planning committee on Tuesday. This application is a hybrid submission seeking full planning permission for a wildlife mitigation area covering 26 hectares on the northern part of the site and outline permission for up to 501 dwellings, a primary-care facility and associated open space on the southern 25-hectare section of the site. Off-site highway works have been put forward to improve the site's connections to Cramlington town centre for pedestrians and cyclists, toucan crossings over the A192 and a three-metre-wide, segregated footway/cycleway along the eastern edge of the A1171, which would connect with an existing route into town. The applicant has also agreed to enter into a section 106 legal agreement to provide 15% affordable housing,contributions towards education, healthcare and coastal mitigation, bus-service provision, strategic road network upgrades and a plan to secure long-term management of the ecological/wildlife area. However, councillors are being asked to reject the bid as planners consider that the scheme "would result in the loss of a high-quality employment site, would significantly diminish the range of employment land available both locally and county-wide for employment development and undermine regional and local strategies for economic development and regeneration which seek to promote employment development on the application site and within the locality of which it is a part".
  13. Plans for up to 501 homes on the outskirts of Cramlington are recommended for refusal next week as the development would eat up valuable employment land.
  14. A kind-hearted teenager saved up his pocket money for a whole year to buy Christmas presents for more than 50 residents at a Cramlington care home.
  15. Just a few days remain for companies to get their entries in for the North East Business Awards. Dozens of firms have already submitted entries for what are the biggest and best celebration of the region’s business community. Run by The Journal in association with the North East England Chamber of Commerce, the awards take place with three heats – Northumberland and Tyneside; Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside; and Teesside – with winners from each heat then competing in a grand final in May. Entries for the Northumberland and Tyneside heat close on Monday, though firms that have registered their intention to enter the competition will be allowed the rest of the week to complete entries. Companies in the other two areas have until January 11 to submit their entries. As well as the overall company of the year prize, there are a number of other categories, including best small business and awards for growth, exporting, manufacturing and innovation.
  16. Have you got big love for a Big Mac or are perhaps crazy for chicken nuggets? Well you might already be eyeing up a McDonald’s as you brace yourself for one hell of a hangover to start off 2019. With tens of thousands of people expecting to indulge in some New Year festivties , it’s a safe bet there will be plenty of sore heads and munchie cravings come Tuesday morning Domino’s Pizza have revealed they are expecting New Year’s Day to be their busiest of the festive period, but if it’s fries, burger and a shake that tick your hangover boxes you’ll more than likely be heading for the golden arches. And if you live in Newcastle and the surrounding area we’ve got all the information you need as to when you can get your Maccy D’s fix... Newcastle Grainger Street New Year’s Eve - 24 hour
  17. You'd think that big Christmas shop would last for weeks but it's amazing how quickly supplies run low and we are having to top up on food and drink for New Year. For New Year’s Eve, many families tend to hit the shops to buy party food and fizz for the evening's celebrations or even just some household essentials such as milk and bread. Even though big stores tend to be closed for just one day - if any - over New Year, it's nice to know we won't run out of anything - just in case any unexpected (and greedy) guests come to call. So, for those planning to stock up the food and drink cupboards as they plan to welcome in 2019 with families and friends, here's our handy guide to New Year opening times at shopping centres and supermarkets. The following have announced their festive opening hours and they do vary - with just some opening on New Year's Day itself - so here's what you need to know to avoid being caught out. But, remember, when it comes to the major stores it is also worth double-checking before you make the trip as there can be local differences.
  18. A Cramlington man will deny rape, a court heard. Christopher Swift Hunter appeared in court charged with three counts of rape. South Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard the alleged sex assaults occurred in 2008. At a brief hearing, the suited 37-year-old confirmed only his name, age and address. Magistrates then passed his case to Newcastle Crown Court. However, Hunter's solicitor confirmed he plans on pleading not guilty when the case is next heard on January 14.
  19. Did you wake up on January 1 full of good intentions - to lose weight, learn a language, get a new job? If it was the latter, the New Year is an ideal time to kick-start your career or revitalise your job search. The good news is, a global biotech company - which has a site in Cramlington - is recruiting for a large number of positions in 2019 and may have the perfect role for you. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 70,000 employees globally. The biotech company's Cramlington site - which has revenues of more than $100 million - is growing in double figures every year and is expanding by moving production from the US to the UK. There are over 180 staff employed at the Cramlington site, which supplies over 2,000 different products to over 250 customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
  20. 2018 has been a great year for many North East businesses - but here are the 10 companies we have picked as having had the best 12 months. The Northumberland construction and engineering firm was named North East Company of the Year after seeing off tough competition in the finals of the region’s Business Awards. The Cramlington firm saw off Boldon-based financial advisory group Fairstone and Teesside vegetarian food producer Quorn to win the title after big increases in turnover over the last three years and high profile contracts at London’s Royal Albert Hall and for the British Antarctic Survey. The Gateshead firm - which gives staff all of December off if targets are hit - was ranked top company in the UK for work-life balance. The accolade from jobs website Glassdoor came in a year that the company announced plans for its first office in Singapore and revealed revenues were hitting £28m. The latest venture from the team behind Wylam Brewery, the box park of restaurants and bars underneath the Tyne Bridge was a huge hit in the long, hot summer, opening to coincide with the Great Exhibition of the North being in Newcastle and Gateshead.
  21. Meet Carlton Ashman - the Northumberland teenager who saved up his pocket money for a whole year to buy Christmas presents for a care home. Residents at Scarborough Court in Cramlington were surprised and delighted when the thirteen-year-old presented them with gift bags at their Christmas party on December 15. The aspiring deaf footballer from Guide Post banked his £20 each week to splash the cash on pampering treats such as body wash and socks. Proud mum Claire, who works as a care assistant at the home, said her son was determined to prove teenagers were not all the same. She added: "He told us he was going to do something for the elderly to show young people care. "I'm so very proud of him."
  22. A £16.3m project to boost cycling in Newcastle "falls way short" of helping the city's poorer and more remote communities, councillors have complained. City council bosses heard on Tuesday that investment in improved cycling infrastructure had been too focused on areas like Gosforth, Jesmond and the city centre. As one of only eight Cycle Ambition Cities in England, Newcastle was able to secure millions in Department for Transport (DfT) funding to develop a cycling network - which has so far delivered schemes on routes including John Dobson Street, the Gosforth Corridor, and Brandling Village. And while that has resulted in more people taking up cycling in those areas, there are fears that other parts of the city are being forgotten. Coun Steve Fairlie, who represents Callerton and Throckley, told the finance and budget monitoring scrutiny sub-committee: "If you look at Elswick or Benwell, I would think that those are top of the list because they have some of the lowest car ownership and greatest deprivation. "We are supposed to spend money on tackling inequalities.
  23. Improvements have been carried out at a Cramlington roundabout that has been the scene of several collisions.
  24. Greggs' Christmas range went on sale this week and sold out in minutes - and some are already cashing in on Ebay. Christmas shoppers couldn't resist the allure of a pair of sausage roll socks and matching umbrella, with some shops selling out in as little as 10 minutes. A Greggs phone case, Christmas jumper and a 'High Roller' Greggs gift card worth £50 are all part of the range too. But some less-than festive spirited customers have decided to cash in and immediately put the quirky gifts on Ebay. A pair of sausage roll socks are going for five times the price online - the London seller is asking for £20 for the £4 garments. A Cramlington-based Ebay user is trying to shift a Greggs Christmas jumper for £30 even though it sold in stores for a reasonable £18.
  25. Greggs' Christmas range went on sale this week and sold out in minutes - and some are already cashing in on Ebay. Christmas shoppers couldn't resist the allure of a pair of sausage roll socks and matching umbrella, with some shops selling out in as little as 10 minutes. A Greggs phone case, Christmas jumper and a 'High Roller' Greggs gift card worth £50 are all part of the range too. But some less-than festive spirited customers have decided to cash in and immediately put the quirky gifts on Ebay. A pair of sausage roll socks are going for five times the price online - the London seller is asking for £20 for the £4 garments. A Cramlington-based Ebay user is trying to shift a Greggs Christmas jumper for £30 even though it sold in stores for a reasonable £18.
  26. Strict restrictions are being imposed on visitors at hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside over fears of a norovirus outbreak. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has announced it's introducing partial restrictions across all of its sites from 9am on December 13 after a spike in cases of the serious vomiting bug in the area. Conditions being imposed include a total ban on visiting under-12s and strict limits on visiting hours and numbers. The ban will hit big sites like Hexham General Hospital, North Tyneside General Hospital the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington. Last year, the trust totally banned visitors at its nine hospitals after the contagious bug swept through wards. An investigation found the outbreak had been caused by a visitor bringing shellfish, which can harbour norovirus, into a hospital.
  27. Family and friends were delighted to be following young stars to their Cramlington school as it staged a traditional Nativity.
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    • Five parks in Northumberland are to be upgraded thanks to an investment of £287,000.
      Northumberland County Council's cabinet approved to spend £204,000, with the remaining £83,000 funded by contributions from the likes of town and parish councils.
      As part of its medium-term financial plan, the local authority has already set aside capital funding of £150,000 per year from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to invest in parks and green spaces.
      So far, money has been spent at Jennings Field in Bedlington , Astley Park in Seaton Delaval, and Eastwood Park in Prudhoe.
      Following the sign-off on Tuesday, Blyth's Ridley Park and Mermaid play area, Alexandra Park in Cramlington , Gallagher Park in Bedlington, and Rothbury's Riverside play area are all set to benefit.
      At Ridley Park, £45,000 will be spent in total with £25,000 being used to refurbish the hugely-popular water play area.

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