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Whilst not being part of their recent presentation, Highways England have confirmed that they are obliged to close the gaps in the central reservation of the A69 at Shaw House south of Newton. This is due to legislation which prevents breaks in the central reservation within one mile of a slip road.

The effect of this is;

  • There will be no right turn from Newton to Corbridge
  • There will be no right turn into Newton from Newcastle
  • There will be no right turn to Bywell from Corbridge
  • There will be no right turn or straight across from Bywell

The ramifications are significant, forcing drivers to go further on the A69, or to drive through Newton and use the narrow lane to the west of Newton. To help this situation the lane would be made one way from Newton to Styford roundabout.

The Parish Council have raised the issues with Highways England, and our County Councillor, Karen Quinn, has had a number of ‘robust’ discussions with them. Our MP, Guy Opperman, and over 80 residents have also contacted Highways England. Highway England have now accepted that their proposal creates some problems and intend to return with some alternate suggestions.

The Parish Council had intended to hold a public meeting on 19th September, but Highways England have asked for 6 to 8 weeks to cost out options and come up with a plan. We will let you know when a new date is confirmed.

In the meantime, if you have not made your views know to Highways England please do so. There is a contact facility on the Highways England web site.

If you have any further comments to add please contact

Peter Stoddart at stoddyp@aol.com 

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BYWELL PARISH COUNCIL have received a number of complaints from residents concerning a few other residents who do not pick up their dog waste when out walking their dogs.
Can we remind you that it is a health hazard not to pick up and there is a mandatory £100 fine.

Northumberland County Council has a (Dog Control) Public Spaces Order in place under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014. They enacted S.59 of the above Act which has been in place since January 2017. It applies to any open to air land which the public have legal access to and being unaware of the legislation is not considered an excuse for not dealing with the dog waste.
The Parish Council would appreciate it if residents not complying with the legislation take note of it and implement it.

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