August 1st (1809)

A violent thunder storm, accompanied with rain and hail, took place at Alnwick; the electric fluid entered the house of Major Castles, and shivered a bed-stead to pieces, tore the wall in several places, and completely demolished the bell wires; a servant maid was in the bedroom, but escaped unhurt; it left such a sulphureous smell in the house that they could scarcely breathe in it for some time.

Planning performance

Today DCLG released interim planning performance statistics. The measures are based on the speed of decisions (% of decisions within 13 weeks) and the quality of decisions (% overturned on appeal). Among all district councils Northumberland comes out better than average on quality, and worse than average on speed. Measure Speed (% decided in 13 … Continue reading Planning performance

Twitter followers

We currently have over 250 followers on Twitter. Almost half are businesses, 30% are individuals, and the remainder are different types of society and voluntary organisations. Business 46% Arts / culture / media 9% Accomodation 8% Property services 6% Food and drink 6% Attraction / activity 5% Retail 4% Other 4% Business services 3% Individuals … Continue reading Twitter followers

Civic Society Awards

Each year the Civic Society recognises projects that have made a noteworthy contribution to the built environment. We aim to encourage high standards in conservation and development and the purpose of the awards is to raise awareness, stimulate interest, and to recognise and reward best practice. Alnwick Civic Society invites local people to suggest recent … Continue reading Civic Society Awards