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Dalek not exterminated...at least not for now

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Northumberland councillors have overruled planning officers to approve a Dalek enclosure outside a sci-fi museum in Northumberland.

The wooden shed outside the Museum Of Modern Science Fiction In Allendale houses a full size Dalek.

Planning officers had recommended refusing the application because of the “harm” the Dalek caused in a conservation area.

But Northumberland County Council's Tynedale local area planning committee voted to allow the Dalek enclosure on a temporary basis for a year.

Museum owner Neil Cole says he’s pleased at the decision but still plans to appeal to the national planning inspectorate.

He believes a year does not give him enough time to replace the Dalek’s shed with a permanent stone structure

Dalek outside the museum in Allendale
PA Media

Planning rule extermination fears over sci-fi museum

A family-run sci-fi museum in a Northumberland town will discover its future later today.

The owners of Allendale's Museum of Classic Sci-Fi have been ordered to remove a shed from the front which houses a replica Dalek.

Northumberland County Council said it did not fit in with the character of the Grade II-listed property, and broke planning laws.

However owners Neil and Lisa Cole say the Dalek cannot be stored in their cellar alongside the other exhibits which include further Doctor Who items and props and costumes from the Marvel movie universe.

If it had to be got rid of then the fate of the museum would be "unknown" they said, so they have applied for retrospective planning permission.

Dalek outside museum
PA Media

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.”