Barclays U-Turn on Post Office Cash Services

Barclays U-Turn on Post Office Cash Services

Barclays have announced  a U-turn on their recently announced plans to withdraw from their agreement with Post Office counters on cash services. Many Corbridge residents were very worried that they would no longer be able to pay in or withdraw cash from the Post Office in Hill Street. Barclays had previously closed their branch in the Market Place and this was quickly followed by the closure of Lloyds on Middle Street leaving only the Post Office and the Co-Op as sources of cash in the village.

I was one of many councillors and MP’s (Guy Opperman met with them in London) who wrote to Barclays asking them to change their mind and it’s good news that they have decided to reverse their original decision.

Read the BBC article here.

Tynedale Jobs Fair

Tynedale Jobs Fair

Looking for a new challenge? Many of the region’s top employers will at the Tynedale Jobs Fair this Friday from 10am until 3pm at the Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham. Organised by Guy Opperman MP and with over 70 employers attending it’s a great opportunity to explore some great employment opportunities.

There’s no need to book and there’s plenty of parking in the Wentworth Car Park. If your going by public transport the train station is just across the road and there’s lot’s of buses into the centre of Hexham including 10, 85, 685 and X85.

Heritage Lamp Posts on Corbridge Bridge

Heritage Lamp Posts on Corbridge Bridge

Sometimes it’s the smaller things that give the greatest job satisfaction as a local councillor. I had a number of approaches from local residents and businesses to see if I could get the lamp posts on our historic bridge painted. The bridge is the pedestrian link between the village car park and the village centre and first impressions count.

The street lighting team at Northumberland County Council reacted speedily to have the lights painted whilst the bridge was closed overnight for resurfacing of the south side roundabout. Up a ladder in October painting lights in the middle of the night is great service!

Big thanks to Ian Wylie for the great picture.