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  1. You couldnt make it up could you !!! Whilst parking my car on Queen Street the other day, I noticed one of the very popular ‘parking enforcement officers’ in conversation with two gentlemen outside one of our local cafes. On alighting from my vehicle, I heard one of these chaps utter what must be the most unpopular comment of the year when he stated to the officer ‘ you should get yourself up to the Wellwood, you will catch plenty of them up there’ !!!!! Now, bearing in mind how the parking policy of NCC has just about turned Queen Street into a ‘no go area’ I only hope that the chap who made this remark requires to do a bit of shopping in the future when NCC have succeeded in closing every shop in Queen Street down due to motorists choosing to go elsewhere . Well done that man !!!!

  2. Here we go again,the Amble people been left out in the Cold,I mean The TESCO Saga goes on,,alot of us where looking forward to it coming soon and more than enough where looking for it to open for a new satrt in life with full or part time work
    it seems as if Amble will always be the butt of the Refusal and Constant Delay,we ask our council and the county council
    to come down hard on Tesco for this Delay,,Was the desision made due to cheviott foods and then Border lads closing down
    because thats what appears to most of us,WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE SMILEY FACES AND HAND SHAKES,its time to tell tghem put up or take a walk and allow another invester into the town,which we desperate to have,,
    come on The councilers and sort it out

  3. Local Lady has been elected unopposed Deputy Leader of the Populist Alliance and Regional Leader for the North East and Cumbria Populist Alliance Party. She is Mrs Linda Breeze who have lived in Newcastle upon Tyne for eleven years. Populism comes to the North East and Cumbria.

    Mrs Breeze is intending to launch a branch in Newcastle upon Tyne inviting anyone who is interested to join.

    The announcement comes after the Populist Alliance Conference held on Saturday 15th March 2014.

    Populist Alliance (established 2006) which has got headquarters in London, does not support all three parties’s policies.

    We need true and real democracy to meet people’s needs and create a better country.

    Art is long, Life is short. (Ars longa vita brevis)

    Why Populism? We believe that small parties have failed to break the old 3 party consensus due to their nature of ideological purism and a failure to speak to the wider public. Most have recycled members from old organizations without actively recruiting those new to political involvement.

    Populism is the political ideal which draws its beliefs from the “will of the people”.

    Populism puts people before politics. Our hero is the small man standing up against the big forces in society – be they big business, big government or even some trade unions that become controlled by a clique that is unrepresentative of their member’s views, because we say that any institution that is too large is remote from the people.

    Populist Alliance policies includes withdrawal from the European Union, and will not have MEPs in their party. It is seen as a support for the European Union policies, and paying their salaries.

    We do believe in free trade movement and support businesses abroad as well as in UK.

    The Populist Alliance would like to tackle the problem of the North East and Cumbria’s young people, and it’s very high unemployment. There has been a very long history of neglect, especially where there is a North/South divide.

    We support Localism.

    Here are our policies, and what we passionately stands up for:

    Business – We must help businesses achieve full potential
    Care – We must look after the elderly and not deprive them of care
    Civil Liberty – We must have rights but also responsibilities
    Culture and Media – We must not meddle
    Defence and Foreign – We do not want war, we mind our business
    Democracy – We are for true and real democracy
    Education – We want good schooling and give education rights
    Energy – We are anti-high fuel bills
    Environment – We must keep our planet safe and healthy
    Europe – We are anti-EU
    Farming and Fisheries – Restore rights and have subsidies
    Finance – We give stable and secure economy
    Health – We must erase poverty
    Housing and Planning – We will abolish bedroom tax
    Immigration and Nationality – We must preserve jobs for ourselves
    Law and Order – We must maintain justice and fight crime
    Our Way of Life – We must have freedom
    Transport – We must provide more local transport
    Welfare – We must reform benefits to ensure fairness and equality
    Issues of Conscience – We must defend the green belt & architecture
    Save our Pubs – We defend them and abolish duty on alcohol

    Mrs Breeze has created a blog called ‘Regional Leader for the North East and Cumbria Populist Alliance Party. It contains articles related to Populist Alliance views, and its policies in full.

    She believes in fairness, equality and justice, and wants to make all the policies a reality.

    We need good governance with good policies.

    Contact http://www.popularalliance.org/ for more details, or write to Mrs Breeze in her blog using the contact form.

  4. I have been driven on the belief in the power of people, the power of ordinary people, and their votes, to bring about change, and change for the better.

    My commitment was to the historic fight against social injustice, and was never locked in the past.
    I embrace myriad new movements, such as the green movement, and the women’s movement.

    Because I believed in movements, the power of people working together to make change. I would always be trying to encourage people, and giving them the confidence that they could do that.

    I am speaking of the “fear” for young people in the North East and Cumbria.
    23% of 18 to 24 year-olds are unemployed in the region and their mental health was suffering as a result.

    They do not have anything to do, and I am concerned because they feel ignored, isolated and worthless. They have no self-esteem. They lack hope, ambition and aspiration.
    The situation faced by young people in the North East, called ‘The Lost Generation’.

    We examine how young people are suffering in a range of areas, including housing, unemployment, education and debt.
    The North East has the highest level of young unemployed people in the country, with 20,315 people aged between 18 and 24 out of work. This is double the figure in both the South East and the South West.

    It is a real problem with the mental health of a lot of these young people, and that their situation was being ignored.
    They suffer from suicidal thoughts, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks. Some regions are faring better than others, I have great concerns about the North East and Cumbria.

    What is so very shocking is that soldiers who have served in different countries have had to be made redundant, and no transition of moving into another job to keep themselves active and useful. They suffer more from mental health problems because of being outdoors doing their jobs, then suddenly they are indoors doing nothing. They cannot cope being cooped up all the time.

    Contrary to many people’s beliefs, zero-hours contracts are absolutely outdated.

    I do not want them to be just amended and changed, but abolished, because they are not fit for purpose.

    If you were to line up every unemployed young person in Britain, they would stretch from London to Edinburgh. Here some of them explain how benefit cuts, unpaid work experience, and vanishing career opportunities are wrecking their lives.

    Research by the IPPR shows that although unemployment figures have dropped in the past year, youth unemployment has continued to rise. Under-25s are now almost four times more likely to be jobless than their elders.

    For the first time in a century, middle-class youth are set to be worse off than our parents’ generation. These are our children and they are in their hour of need……..

    This situation affects everyone or at least anyone concerned about climate catastrophe, economic crisis and the implications of an ageing growing population, not to mention those who might wonder how a generation without jobs, homes, and saddled with debt is going to deal with it all.

    Someone said “It was the cumulative effect of social isolation combined with the feeling that everything I was built up to think I was capable of was a lie. I could not get rid of the sense that the things I valued most about myself – my intelligence and problem-solving skills – were of no use to anybody other than as a body to sit in a chair, and be in a building, or that it might have been of value if I could only get past this wall that was the job market.”

    The Youth Index 2014, published by the Prince’s Trust, estimates that 750,000 young people in the UK feel that, owing to unemployment, they cannot cope with day-to-day life. They say they have “nothing to live for.

    As the government bids to reduce dependency on the welfare state, responsibility shifts to the family. In the past 40 years, house prices have risen so fast that if the price of milk had risen at the same rate, a pint would now set you back more than £10.

    In a buy-to-let economy few young adults now expect to buy, but many of us cannot afford to rent either – record numbers of under-25s now live with their parents.

    A generation is stagnating, unable to grow up.
    So, when the family unit becomes society’s safety net, what happens to young jobseekers who cannot rely on their parents for financial support or, who do not have a family home to return to?
    Welfare reform is having a big impact on young people, with some young people forced out of their family home due to financial pressures.

    When you combine this with a shortage of affordable homes and continuing high rates of youth unemployment, young people across the country are facing huge challenges in accessing the two things they need most to leave homelessness behind – a home and a job.

    George Osborne made these decisions apparent: he announced a plan to abolish housing benefit for under-25s.
    Young people on housing benefits are the exception, not the rule. More than half are parents. Thousands are ill or disabled. Many have left an abusive home, or have lost their parents.

    They are, in short, the most vulnerable young people in the country. Even if they could return home, they may now be unable to, because the bedroom tax has forced their parents to downgrade to a property where there is no room for them any more.

    I agree that the government should incentivise young people to work. But when there are no jobs, cutting welfare is all stick, no carrot.

    Access to education and advice has been dramatically reduced in recent years: tuition fees have trebled, the careers service, and education maintenance allowance has been axed, the student loan stock is being sold off, and the funding pot for disadvantaged students is set to be halved.

    Local authorities have been quick to cut their youth budget; some have disposed of it altogether.
    The north-east has the highest levels of youth unemployment in the country and in 2010, the lowest turnout by under-30s at the polls – 19% lower than the national average. Faced with mounting evidence that the political system pays no attention to our needs.

    British youth are now the least likely to vote which, of course, only encourages politicians to ignore us all the more.
    When Cameron proposed the plan to cut housing benefits last September, he promised it would help to “nag and push and guide” young people into work, training or education. A cut to jobseekers’ allowance for under-25s would also help, he said, to tempt us into this “land of opportunity”.

    Perhaps the prime minister would like to come, and look for this land from the window of a Redcar hostel and spend the night there.

    With little money to live each week, and no money to rent is an enemy to progress.

    We cannot keep having young homeless on the streets. It is just not on.

    It is not helping anyone when it was announced that a ‘A Garden City’ would be created in Ebbsfleet in Kent. Ebbsfleet have been prone to flooding. It is favoritism once again for the South East, and neglecting the North East and Cumbria.

    I passionately want to change all that, and think of the ‘will of the people’.

    We must make changes, and to have these changes becoming a reality. We must vote for the Populist Alliance.

    Deputy Leader of the Populist Alliance, and regional Leader for the North East and Cumbria Populist Alliance Party.

  5. Absolute Chaos ! mid day Gridlock Leases street . Ladbroke sat, newburgh St, and Percy Drive! no police presence visable on what is the busiest weekend /day of year Lifeboat day. single line traffic owing to parked cars. Missing the police station already as DUTY police stationed in there! would have seen the Problem as it happens! is this the sign of things to come! this is the first weekend after closure of a perfectly good police station more suited to cater for needs of police and public than a room in a shared building!! Close Alnwick its an ancient obsolete building!

  6. Thank you Amblers!

    It’s now over a year since I moved here from Leeds where I lived for over forty years.

    [I was originally from the Wirral and yearned to be near the coast again.]

    Every day I am grateful for the friendly community I now live in. It makes a real difference when people smile and say hello

    around the estate and in the town.

    Children are polite and outgoing and families close knit which all helps engender a happy and respectful atmosphere.

    People feel safe and secure and have a sense of belonging.

    I love it when Amble drivers give a friendly wave at speed bumps.

    And Amble people love to talk! I love that too.

    The other day a kind young man came to my rescue when my wheelbarrow over turned as i was taking heavy bags of compost

    out of the car. He then offered to wheel them in to the garden for me. Heart warming kindness, much appreciated.

    Now the spring and gardening weather is here life in Amble is even better!

    Lesley Burton,

    Leslie Drive.

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