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Northumberland County Council
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Local Democracy Reporting Service
The number of school exclusions in Northumberland has dropped from a spike last year as work continues to tackle the issue.
Last November, we reported that pupils were permanently kicked out of schools in the county at an average rate of one a day during the first half-term of that academic year.
Over the previous three years, permanent exclusions had increased by 203% and fixed-term exclusions by 209%, but the trend has reversed since then.
The issue was discussed again at Tuesday’s meeting of the county council’s cabinet where members agreed to proceed with a tender exercise to create a framework to support the provision of alternative education for permanently excluded children.
Exclusions have been of concern to the family and children's services committee for some time and a task and finish group has been looking at the issue, while the council has also spoken to headteachers in an effort to share good practice.
Since this has been taking place, the number of permanent exclusions in Northumberland has reduced by 28% and the number of fixed-term exclusions by 26%.
Berwick's new leisure centre is a step closer after planning permission was granted by Northumberland County Council.
The £20m facility, which is being funded by the local authority, will replace the Swan Centre in Tweedmouth. It will be run by Active Northumberland, the charitable trust that manages leisure services across the county.
Work is due to start in November with phase one, which includes a new swimming pool and fitness suite, set to open in April 2021. The full building is expected to be open in summer 2022.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.