Following the exhibition 11/07/14 by developers Dysart and Northumberland County Council for the proposed relocation of the present bus station to Loosing Hill, we attach two feedback forms for your information. Both can be downloaded from the links below and written on and posted or re-scanned as you wish. The Dysart form can be emailed to admin@nicholsonnairn.co.uk and the NCC form should be sent to ask@northumberland.gov.uk for the attention of the ‘Strategic Transport Team’. The NCC deadline for comment is believed to be Friday 25th July.

Hexham Civic Society is considering its formal response to the proposals and if you are an HCS member, please let us know your view.

Feedback Form NCC Bus Station Loosing Hill Proposal

Feedback Form Dysart Bus Station Site Proposal

Hexham Bus Station. Image Copyright A RoweHexham Bus Station Relocation – ‘Drop in Event’

We have been advised by Northumberland County Council that a drop-in event is to be held in Hexham at Prospect House on Friday 11 July. The NCC Press Release states:

“Residents, bus users and anyone who wants to find out more about proposals for the bus station is welcome to call in at the Council Chamber in Prospect House, Hexham at any time between 2pm and 7pm. Visitors to the event will be able to see the outcomes from a detailed appraisal of options for the future of the bus station undertaken by NCC. The eight options considered include retaining the bus station on its current site and each possible site was scored against 27 criteria under five themes of: accessibility; functionality; sustainability; safety and security; and cost. (more…)

After the very valuable work of three Working Groups, there is now a
draft Vision for Hexham in the Year 2020 and a draft Town Plan 2014-15.

Consultation with the townspeople of Hexham will be the next step towards the Town Council being able to agree the final Vision and Town Plan.

They want your views!

There are 4 ways you can give your views.
1. Drop-in Consultation Event, 2.00pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 19th June 2014 in Prospect House – view the drafts, talk to Councillors and Working Group members, leave your views behind (also on post-its), or fill in the survey.
2. Consultation Meeting, 7.00-8.30pm on Thursday 19th June 2014 in Prospect House.
3. Survey – complete the simple, quick survey on the Town Council website, from Monday 9th June.
4. Write to or Email the Town Council with your views.
Consultation will close on Sunday 22nd June 2014.

The draft Vision and draft Town Plan are on the Town Council website: www.hexhamtowncouncil.gov.uk and available to be read in Hexham Library, with paper copies of the survey.

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd June 2014, Tynemouth Station

Don’t forget it’s the Heritage Skills Festival at Tynemouth Station on Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd.

Browse the diverse range of heritage skills and roll up your sleeves to have a go.  Meet craftspeople and professionals working in the North East and Cumbria. Find out about the skills and materials needed to maintain a period property and learn about careers in the heritage sector.

This event is organised by the North of England Civic Trust

Do you live in the Hexham area? Are you interested in making Hexham a better place to live? We need your help

Researchers at a consortium of northern universities are seeking volunteers aged 55 and over to help them with a new study into personal mobility in York, Leeds and Hexham. (more…)

AGM Poster 5th June 2014.qxdA final reminder that our 2014 AGM and free talk – ‘This Old House’ is on on Thursday night at 19:30 at the Salvation Army Hall, Market Street, Hexham. All welcome.  Please feel free to print out and circulate the AGM Poster 5th June 2014 as shown.

NCCs West Area Planning Committee voted last night (21st May 2014) to unanimously to approve the 7 storey ‘Tower of Mabel’ flats application at Gilesgate/Haugh Lane, in the heart of the Hexham Conservation Area.

Despite scores of letters of objection, a 260 name petition and a recent e-petition launched just last week, the ‘out of town’ NCC committee went with the Planning Officers recommendation to approve the contentious scheme. Before the vote, Civic Society Vice Chair Mr Tim Tatman and local resident Mr Charlton spoke against the scheme, along with Town Councillor Trevor Cessford. They underlined their support for the principle of the development, but highlighted the total unsuitability of the scale, massing and materials of the tabled proposal, Councillor Cessford focused on the closure of the Gilesgate/Haugh lane footpath and its replacement (after 1 year of closure for building works) with a narrow and chicaned ginnel, likely to become a crime hotspot. Our arguments over materials and the sensitivity of the site – adjacent to the Grade I Abbey, the Grade II* Hexham House and numerous other Listed buildings, echoed those of the NCC Conservation Officer – whose advice that the scheme was unsuitable was similarly ignored.

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