An energy firm has pulled out of building a £300m plant in Blyth. It blames uncertainty over energy policy for putting off investors.
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Nearly half (46%) of parents in the North East are prepared to take their children out of school for holidays during term-time despite the risk of fines, according to a Travelzoo survey.
The cost of holidays during school breaks is to be debated in Parliament tonight. Mum-of-four Sam O' Brien was taken to court in Wakefield after she went to Mexico. She claims it was a learning exercise.
The estate has been managed by Alcan Farms Ltd since 1972 after the land was taken on by Rio Tinto as part of the development of the former Lynemouth aluminium smelter. It was put up for sale following the closure of the smelter in March 2012.
The eight Rio Tinto employees that work on the farm will be made redundant in June 2014.
The Crown Estate has bought Rio Tinto's 4,500 acre Alcan Farms agricultural land in Northumberland.
It includes land, farm buildings, 19 homes, and a 13 turbine wind farm leased to Scottish Power Renewables. Under new ownership, it will now be known as the Ellington estate and form part of our 146,000 hectare (360,000 acre) rural land portfolio; one of the largest in the UK.
Farmland around the former smelting plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland has been sold. The plant was mothballed in 2012 with the loss of hundreds of jobs. The 4500 acres of land around it has been bought by the Queen's property company, the Crown Estate.
Scarborough MP and Transport Minister Robert Goodwill is at Newcastle International Airport to launch a new business park. He is stressing that connectivity is the key to attracting new business and jobs.
More details will be revealed later this morning of a new development aimed at bringing jobs to Newcastle Airport.
A business park is planned for a fifty acre site next to the airport, which will include office space, warehousing and hangars.
The project launch will be attended by the Under-Secretary of State for Transport and North Yorkshire MP, Robert Goodwill.
Refurbishment works on the historic Grade II-listed Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels are to take longer than expected because of asbestos.
The tunnels are now expected to re-open in February 2015. The replacement shuttle bus and the night service for shift workers will continue.
The tunnels were expected to re-open in August this year. They closed for refurbishment in May 2013.
– Paul Fenwick, project director for the tunnels’ owner the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority
“Conditions in the tunnel have proved a lot worse than we anticipated and major works to treat asbestos containing materials, the presence of which we could have had no knowledge of before the works started, are now necessary if the tunnels are to continue to be an important transport link for future generations.
“The alternative transport measures we put in place – providing a free replacement shuttle bus and a Night Service – have proved highly successful and will continue until the tunnels re-open."
Millions of pounds worth of savings are to be discussed by Stockton Council later today.
The authority needs to shave over 50 per cent off its spending over the next four years.
The proposed budget will then go to full council next week to be approved.
250 new jobs are being created in Hartlepool.
The engineering company Heerema is expanding its workforce to continue building four giant offshore platforms.
It says more jobs will be created in the supply chain.
But one MP has warned that it's too early to say that the economy is recovering.