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Newport Bridge to reopen next week

Newport Bridge Newport Bridge connects High Street and Clarence Place across the River Usk. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The A1032 across Newport Bridge on Teesside is due to reopen to vehicles next week on Wednesday, 29th October.

The restoration of the eighty-year-old Grade Two structure began at the end of July and were complicated when the need for extensive maintenance was uncovered.

Stockton Council has adapted the way the repairs are being carried out and a large tunnel-style scaffold has been built to allow motorists to use the road while the work is going on.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said plans to reopen the bridge have been weather dependent:

The very high winds we’ve had in the last few days have made it unsafe to progress the scaffold as quickly as we’d have liked.

It’s unfortunate that we’ve lost this time but the forecasts are not indicating weather that should cause any further delays and contractors are working flat out so the bridge can open with two lanes in each direction from Wednesday.

We know the works have caused a lot of frustration and look forward to the congestion easing once the bridge reopens.

– Councillor Mike Smith

There will be a 17.5 tonne weight limit throughout the works, which will prevent use by some heavy goods vehicles, but buses will be unaffected and access for cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained throughout.

Around The House: Tonight at 11.40pm

Paul Brand with guests Julie Elliott MP, Lord Shipley, Anne McIntosh MP and Jonathan Arnott MEP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Our political programme Around The House returns tonight. Paul Brand and guests discuss regional powers for the North, in the light of the Scottish referendum.

There is also a lively studio debate on the impact UKIP could have in the North East, when the country goes to the polls next May.

Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 23 Oct) on ITV.


20 North East historic sites added to 'at risk' register

Twenty historic sites across the North East have been added to an 'at risk' register due to their condition.

English Heritage publishes an annual report which identifies listed buildings and historic sites most at risk of loss or decay.

Since last year, 27 sites have been removed from the list after investments of £768,000 in the region.

In the North East:

  • 8 buildings or structures have been taken off the Register and 5 have been added.
  • 4 churches and places of worship have been taken off the Register and 9 have been added.
  • 14 archaeological sites have been removed from the Register and 3 have been added.
  • 1 conservation area, Spittal in Berwick upon Tweed, has been removed from the Register this year, 3 conservation areas including Alnwick, Northumberland and Chester-le-Street, County Durham have been added.
St James Church, Benwell Credit: English Heritage
  • The 13th century Church of St Andrew Winston on the banks of the River Tees has been added to the list this year. There are several structural issues in the building and the roof needs repairing. The congregation has agreed a repair project. The work is underway with financial help from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is due to be completed by 2015.
Hamsterley Hall,Hamsterley Mill,Rowlands Gill,County Durham. Credit: English Heritage
  • Hamsterley Hall has suffered from decades of decline leaving the property with an estimated repair bill of £4m. The hall was already on the Heritage At Risk register but is now classified at the highest level of risk.
Coquet Island, Northumberland Credit: English Heritage
  • Coquet Island is one of a number of remote islands off the Northumberland coast. The remains of a monastic cell and a medieval tower have been removed from the Heritage at Risk register this year after a repair project and grant of £93,000 from English Heritage.


Dog unable to work with police needs a home

Barnie needs a home

Northumbria Police hope someone will be able to give this dog a home. Barnie is a 16 month old male Dutch Herder. He is very friendly but has developed a medical condition in one of his hind legs, his kneecap is dislocates. This means he is unable to be a police dog but would make a good pet.

To find out more about Barnie and other dogs click here.

"We are looking for a home with experience of owning large energetic dogs with no young children. Barnie is free of charge."

– Northumbria Police

£200m plant will turn rubbish into electricity

The plant is under construction on Teesside. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A £200m plant which will take in all of Merseyside's landfill waste and use it to make electricity is under construction on Teesside.

The Wilton plant will create 50 jobs, produce enough power for 63,000 homes and reduce landfill and pollution.

The £200m plant will use landfill waste to make electricity. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

When operational in late 2016 the residual household waste - minus things that can be recycled from it - will be brought to Teesside by train and will be used as a fuel at the plant where it will produce steam and electricity for site and, in the case of the electricity, export to the National Grid.

The plant will create 50 jobs on Teesside. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Essentially we take domestic waste that cannot be recycled, we burn it to create steam and we use that steam to drive a turbine to make electricity and the electricity is exported into the National Grid to power people's homes.

– Phil Stevens, SITA manager
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