Jump to content

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'northumberland county council'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Product Groups

There are no results to display.


Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

Joined

  • Start

    End


Group


Found 154 results

  1. The results of a ballot to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID) in Morpeth have been announced.
  2. Emergency work is taking place to stabilise a section of pedestrian walkway in Morpeth.
  3. The final phase of an ambitious scheme to cut the flood risk in Morpeth is continuing.
  4. Bot

    Success for Morpeth wedding fair

    Morpeth wedding fair welcomed over 70 couples.
  5. Bot

    Key Morpeth site to go on market

    One of Morpeth’s key development sites is going on the market.
  6. Inspirational and inspired women, and men, from across Northumberland and the North East have been telling Northumberland County Council their stories, to mark International Women’s Day 2018. This year the day falls on March 8th and the council has been running an online campaign and holding a special event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women from the area. Short videos on Northumberland’s social media channels have shown women, girls and men talking about the people who have inspired them, and how they hope to inspire the next generation. The 2018 International Women’s Day campaign theme is #PressforProgress - promoting strong global activism for women’s equality and gender parity. It includes a call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. The council’s event, held at the Fuse Centre in Prudhoe today featured talks from a number of leading women including bestselling author LJ Ross; Northumbria Police inspector Pam Bridges; Penni Blythe from ‘Emily Inspires’; and Kiz Crosbie artistic director of Mortal Fools theatre company. Videos shown from the campaign included the words of BBC North East newsreader Carol Malia; former 400 metre commonwealth silver medallist Allison Curbishley; and double world rowing championships medallist Sam Courty. The audience included civic guests, children from schools in Northumberland, local community representatives and senior council officials. Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts and leisure at Northumberland County Council welcomed guests to the event. She said: “This annual initiative has provided us with the ideal opportunity to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women past and present from across the globe and indeed, closer to home in our own communities. “Strong women have taken a stand throughout history and this is our chance to celebrate them. We have heard from fantastic guest speakers and seen just a few of the many videos which are being shared on social media this week. “These videos feature women in prominent roles or positions across Northumberland and the wider area. They tell us their story and talk about who has inspired them in their life journey. “I truly believe that by working together, we can all help women achieve their limitless potential.” Those at the event also heard from Year 13 students at Prudhoe Community High School who talked about Clara Schumann - one of the most important female composers in the Romantic Period. They also heard about Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison who stepped in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby and suffered fatal injuries. She was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard in Morpeth and this year a lasting memorial to Emily will be erected in Carlisle Park in Morpeth to mark the 100th anniversary since the first women were granted the right to vote. Videos shown on social media channels during the week are of: Heidi Mottram, CEO of Northumbrian Water Carol Malia, BBC Look North newsreader Bryony Gibson, Vice Lord Lieutenant for Northumberland Jacqui Miller-Charlton, main board member for Miller International, Cramlington Gill Rice, managing director of Tyne Valley Plastics, Prudhoe and winner of North East STEM Businesswoman of the Year Sam Courty, Team GB rowing team Laura Weightman, 1500m medalist Sarah Hall, President of CIPR UK 2018 Allison Curbishley, director of Extra Mile Media & Events and former 400m Commonwealth silver medallist Inspector Pam Bridges, neighbourhood officer at Northumbria Police Cllr Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council Cllr John Riddle, cabinet member for planning, housing and resilience Cllr Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services Helen Denton, Scouting Leader Adeline Keogh, Eileen Cartie & Rubina Kashif from the BME women’s group at the Buffalo Centre in Blyth Joan Russell, volunteer with Prudhoe Community Partnership, who runs a community allotment for people with disabilities Róisín Lally, cyclist with Derwentside Cycle Club Lisa Ward, Avril Pearson, Yolanda Minto and Diane Clark, foster carers with Northumberland County Council Janet Kelly, chief matron for community with Northumbria Healthcare Trust Kate Carney, consultant colorectal surgeon at Northumbria Healthcare Trust Kate Dixon, parks development officer at Berwick-upon-tweed Victoria Redhead, firefighter with Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service PC Sharon Walton, Northumbria Police officer at Prudhoe You can watch videos from the campaign here.
  7. Bot

    Make a date at Morpeth wedding fair

    A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next weekend ( Sunday 18th March) , providing the perfect opportunity for couples planning their big day to meet local wedding suppliers and find everything they need for their special day, all under one roof. The wedding fair will take place in the historic Morpeth Town Hall on Sunday 18th March 2018, between 11am - 3pm. The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council’s Registration Service to promote the town’s stunning, affordable wedding venue and to support local wedding suppliers. It is free to enter and refreshments will be available. Over 25 North East based wedding specialists have signed up to attend the fair and promote their products and services. Among the line-up are wedding outfitters, florists, car hire specialists, photographers, music and entertainment companies and catering and cake makers. Throughout the day, the Northumberland Registrars will be available to offer couples advice and guidance on booking their Registrars and planning and personalising their ceremony. Morpeth Town Hall caters to a range of needs, and offers couples the chance to have a small intimate ceremony in the Ante room, while larger parties can hire the Ballroom which accommodates up to 80 guests. The iconic town hall was originally designed in 1714 by Sir John Vanbrugh and underwent a beautiful internal refurbished a few years ago. The great architect and dramatist is perhaps better known for his work at such landmark buildings as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Seaton Delaval Hall. Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services said: “Planning a wedding or civil ceremony can be a bit daunting. The Morpeth fair aims to ease the process by providing the opportunity for couples to come along to meet and talk to many local businesses involved in the wedding industry, in one venue while also having the opportunity to have a look around the impressive rooms in the Town Hall.” The county is currently experiencing a wedding boom with a record number of couples booking to tie the knot in the county. Last year the Northumberland registrars officiated over 1750 marriages and so far this year a further 2020 marriages have been booked. What’s more, statistics show that around 65 percent of couples who are getting married in Northumberland are actually coming from outside of the county. Cllr Oliver added “The wedding industry is big business bringing up to £30m into the county each year. It is an industry we want to nurture and develop to help support the many local businesses and jobs that benefit from it.” For further information telephone 01665 602870 or email: Alnwickreg@northumberland.gov.uk
  8. The electoral arrangements of Longhoughton Parish Council are currently being examined with a view to amending its boundary with Craster Parish Council. Longhoughton Parish Council has asked that the properties of Copley Hall, and Nos. 1 and 2 Copley Hall Cottages which are currently located in Craster Parish Council should be transferred into Longhoughton Parish. Discussions have taken place between Longhoughton and Craster Parish Councils and the Howick Trustees and it has been agreed that this anomaly should be corrected. This would result in the whole of Howick Village becoming part of Longhoughton Parish Council. Northumberland County Council has the powers to conduct community governance reviews which can involve creating new, or amalgamating parishes and amending electoral arrangements. Longhoughton Parish Council has asked the authority to carry out such a review. The County Council is now consulting with local electors and other stakeholders in the area about the proposals. If approved, the recommendations of the review will lead to an amendment of the boundary between the two Parish Councils and the changes will come into force for the next ordinary elections of the Parish Council in May 2021. If you would like to make your views known, they should be submitted, in writing, by 13 April 2018 :- Senior Democratic Services Officer, Democratic Services, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF OR E-mail - Lesley.Bennett@northumberland.gov.uk
  9. Bot

    Make a date at Morpeth wedding fair

    A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next weekend ( Sunday 18th March).
  10. Updated at 11:50am on Tuesday 6 March 2018 Scheduled bin collections continue today - as teams aim to carry out normal collections wherever it is safe and possible to do so. Please put your bin out as normal, unless your situation is described specifically below. Many normal collections were made yesterday - although there were some areas, including rural locations, where this is not possible. Some collections were also missed due to unfortunate vehicle breakdown. If your bin is not collected on the normal day this week please leave it out, in a safe place, and, weather permitting, we will attempt to collect it by the end of this week. These will be kept under review and further guidance provided at the end of the week. We will be prioritising general rubbish bins before recycling bins - due to the nature of the waste they contain. Regarding bins missed last week: If your general waste bin was missed last Wednesday, 28th February, please put it out for collection this Wednesday, 7th March, and again on Wednesday 14th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day of Wednesday 21st March If your general waste bin was missed on Thursday 1st March please put this bin out next Thursday 8th March and again on Thursday 15th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day on Thursday 22nd March. On general waste, we will accept up to two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside regular general waste bins. All missed recycling bins, including those which will not be collected this Wednesday and Thursday, should be put out on their next collection day. Any additional recycling items can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags. We are supplying clear recycling bags at our customer information centres and other venues at: Alnwick Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB (Closes at 4:30pm) View map location Ashington Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL View map location Bedlington Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX View map location Berwick Walkergate Building, Walkergate TD15 1DJ View map location Blyth Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 1DJ View new location Cramlington Concordia, Cramlington, NE23 6YB View map location Hexham Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS View map location Morpeth Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AF View map location Seaton Delaval Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, NE25 0BW View map location Ponteland Town council office, Unit 1, Meadowfield Court, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 9SD View map location Prudhoe Library, Spetchells Centre, 58 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA View map location Customers who are expecting their first garden waste collection of the season this week should put their their bins out for collection on the scheduled day. Like general waste and recycling bins, we aim to undertake garden waste collections in all planned areas, where it is safe to do so. The council apologises for any inconvenience that these arrangements may cause. Many thanks for your patience during this time. Keep up to date through the council’s ‘Alerts’ channels which are available via the website www.northumberland.gov.uk; Twitter: @northumberlands; and Facebook: www.facebook.com/nccalerts
  11. Northumberland County Council will celebrate Commonwealth Day by participating in the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ event on Monday 12 March 2018. To commemorate the event, a short flag raising ceremony will take place at County Hall in Morpeth at 10 am and members of the public are invited to attend. The Commonwealth Flag in Northumberland will be raised alongside 1,000 commonwealth flags across 38 Commonwealth countries. During the ceremony the council’s civic head, councillor Anthony Murray will read a personal message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation. Councillor Anthony Murray, civic head for Northumberland County Council said: "The ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for the county to connect with our family of nations across the globe in this collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth and the values it upholds. Members of the public are very welcome to join us to mark this special occasion.” The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, said: “Fly a Flag is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together to celebrate the remarkable diversity and inclusiveness of the Commonwealth, and the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of its 2.4 billion citizens are enriched through Commonwealth connection and cooperation. By working together locally and globally we learn from one another, and make progress for the good of all.” The flag raising ceremony will take place next to the Viking Statue at the entrance to County Hall Loansdean. Please be there for 9.50 am
  12. Updated at 12:45pm on Monday 5 March 2018 This week teams are aiming to carry out scheduled bin collections as normal - where it is possible and safe to to do. Please put your bin out as normal, unless your situation is described specifically below. If your bin is not collected on the normal day this week please leave it out, in a safe place, and, weather permitting, we will attempt to collect it by the end of this week. There will be some areas, including rural locations, where this is not possible. These will be kept under review and further guidance provided at the end of the week. We will be prioritising general rubbish bins before recycling bins - due to the nature of the waste they contain. Regarding bins missed last week: If your general waste bin was missed last Wednesday, 28th February, please put it out for collection this Wednesday, 7th March, and again on Wednesday 14th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day of Wednesday 21st March. If your general waste bin was missed on Thursday 1st March please put this bin out next Thursday 8th March and again on Thursday 15th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day on Thursday 22nd March. On general waste, we will accept up to two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside regular general waste bins. All missed recycling bins, including those which will not be collected this Wednesday and Thursday, should be put out on their next collection day. Any additional recycling items can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags. We will be supplying clear recycling bags at our customer information centres at: Alnwick Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB (Closes at 4:30pm) View map location Ashington Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL View map location Bedlington Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX View map location Berwick Walkergate Building, Walkergate TD15 1DJ View map location Blyth Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 1DJ View new location Cramlington Concordia, Cramlington, NE23 6YB View map location Hexham Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS View map location Morpeth Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AF View map location Seaton Delaval Prudhoe Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, NE25 0BW Library, Spetchells Centre, 58 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA View map location View map location Customer information centres are receiving supplies of bags today (Monday 5th March), however please allow until Tuesday 6th March so that supplies have been distributed. Customers who are expecting their first garden waste collection of the season this week should put their their bins out for collection on the scheduled day. Like general waste and recycling bins, we aim to undertake garden waste collections in all planned areas, where it is safe to do so. The council apologises for any inconvenience that these arrangements may cause. Many thanks for your patience during this time. Keep up to date through the council’s ‘Alerts’ channels which are available via the website www.northumberland.gov.uk; Twitter: @northumberlands; and Facebook: www.facebook.com/nccalerts
  13. A neighbourhood plan for the Whittington Parish of Northumberland is reaching its final stages. Whittington Parish Council has set out how it would like to see the neighbourhood develop in the future - in the area which covers Great Whittington, Halton, Bingfield, Hallington and Halton Shields. The Whittington Neighbourhood Plan sets out future planning policies for the area and a final draft has now been submitted to Northumberland County Council. A six week period of consultation on the Plan starts on Friday 2 March and closes at 4pm on Monday 16 April 2018 - during which time the county council is inviting people with an interest in the area to make any final comments on the plan. The Plan will then be assessed by an independent examiner and comments made during this stage considered by the examiner, who will recommend whether any further changes are needed to ensure it meets legal requirements. If the Plan passes independent examination it will be put to a local referendum where people living in the area can vote on whether it should be used by the county council when it makes decisions on planning applications. Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member responsible for planning at Northumberland County Council said: “Neighbourhood planning gives local people a direct say in the location and design of future development in their area - and is a very important aspect of planning in Northumberland. “Local steering groups engage with their community, with landowners and with other interested parties to create a plan which addresses issues around the built and natural environment, local economy, housing, community services and facilities, tourism and sustainable transport. “They are supported by planning officers from the council who help by providing technical and practical support to ensure that the Plan is presented in a way that best reflects the community’s expectations, and meets legal requirements. “I urge everyone in the Whittington Neighbourhood Plan area to take this opportunity to have a last look at the plan, and put forward any final observations they would like to make.” A steering group was formed by Whittington Parish Council to help guide preparation of the Plan. Local people have been involved in the project since the designation of the Whittington Neighbourhood Area in March 2016 and they have helped guide and shape the policies in the draft Plan. The group’s vision for the parish is that for next 20 years, ‘it remains a group of sustainable, vibrant, linked yet distinct rural communities’. Also that ‘new development will conserve and enhance the rich agricultural, architectural and environmental heritage of the Parish for the benefit of current and future residents.’ The plan and accompanying documents can be viewed on the County Council’s website at www.northumberland.gov.uk/ourplan They will also be available at: Corbridge Library, Hill Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5AA (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 4pm); and Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF (Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm, Friday 9am – 4:30pm). Written representations can be made by email to NeighbourhoodPlanning@northumberland.gov.uk or by post to: Whittington Neighbourhood Plan, Neighbourhood Planning & Infrastructure Team, Planning Services, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF. All comments and feedback must be received by Northumberland County Council no later than 4pm on Monday 16 April 2018. All information will be made publicly available and be forwarded for consideration by the independent examiner appointed to examine the draft Plan.
  14. Bot

    Morpeth BID ballot notice issued

    Businesses in Morpeth town centre are set to have their say on whether a Business Improvement District, or BID, should be introduced in the town. The proposal to introduce a BID in Morpeth has been put forward by Morpeth BID Steering Group, the BID proposer. Businesses in the town centre have been issued with a notice of ballot for a forthcoming postal ballot. A BID is a company established and run by the business community to deliver initiatives that improve the town. It covers a defined geographic area within which the businesses agree to contribute additional funding to develop projects and services. There are over 260 BIDs across the country. National BID guidelines mean that the county council is responsible for operating the Ballot and the authority has appointed specialist electoral services provider UK Engage Ltd as the Independent Scrutineer responsible for holding the ballot. The ballot is operated entirely by post. For a BID to be successful there must be a majority of those voting in favour, both in terms of numbers voting and also the rateable value represented by those voting. Those eligible to vote in the ballot are the non-domestic ratepayers listed on the council’s database for each business premise situated in the geographical area of the proposed BID. Everyone eligible in this way will receive a notice of ballot. The Morpeth BID Prospectus and Business Plan is available online and will be included in the ballot pack to explain the planned activities and services the BID would deliver to benefit the business community. These would be in addition to services delivered by statutory agencies such as the county council, the town council and the Police. Ballot packs will be sent to eligible voters on the 5th March 2018. The ballot pack includes instructions on how to vote, a ballot paper and a copy of the BID Prospectus and Business Plan. The Morpeth BID Ballot will close on Monday 9th April 2018 at 5pm, and completed ballot papers must be returned by that time. The count will take place on Tuesday 10th April with the result declared shortly after. Cllr Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “This is an important milestone in the development of the Morpeth Business Improvement District, a proposal developed by local businesses and which ultimately is for those who could benefit from the scheme to decide. “The County Council is fully supportive of BIDs, where local businesses want them. “We will be operating the ballot on behalf of the Morpeth BID Steering Group, however I would also like to reiterate that it is for local business to decide on BID proposals. The County Council has therefore agreed that it will not be voting itself in the Morpeth ballot as an eligible ratepayer. “I would urge all businesses who receive a notice and subsequent ballot pack to consider the proposals and then participate in the ballot by returning their vote by post.” Information about the proposal for Morpeth BID, and the forthcoming ballot, can be found at www.morpethbid.co.uk.
  15. Around 600 people came to see for themselves the latest stage of Morpeth’s Masterplan - a joint vision for the future redevelopment of the town. Northumberland County Council has been working with a range of stakeholders including Morpeth Forum to develop a masterplan on how the town develops over the next few years and how services can best be delivered to local people. The main issues raised by those who took part in November’s initial event were parking, schools and education, leisure and sports facilities and the future of key buildings and land in the town. An update session has now been held to let people know what progress has been made on these issues - and advise on the next steps. As well as the county council, a number of developers attended to showcase their plans at a number of sites in the town. Cllr Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet member for Economic Development: "We were really pleased with the turnout. Hundreds of people came along and it really shows how passionate people are about the future of their town. “Since November work has progressed on a number of improvements, from increasing temporary car parking to encouraging developers to bring forward their projects. “We’ll now be completing a number of feasibility studies into issues such as parking and leisure provision, before bringing options back to the local community for further discussion." Developers who attended the event at the Town Hall also outlined their future plans. Barry Ladhar, Managing Director of Crafted Projects, owner of the Queens Head Hotel, said: “We were absolutely delighted by the number of positive comments received at the planning day held at the Town Hall and the subsequent feedback on social media. “The company is looking to bring their award winning ‘Pleased To Meet You’ brand to Bridge Street, reinstating a high quality shop front and bringing back into use the Queens Head Hotel. “We will be on site with the initial fit out in the coming weeks with opening for the bar restaurant in Autumn. The creation of a boutique hotel and function facility will follow soon after.” Ken Beattie, Joint Chairman of Morpeth Town Football Club, said: “It is our desire for Morpeth Town FC to be at the heart of the town, the whole facility will be designed to be inclusive and friendly. “Our aim is to create a state of the art sports and community hub over the next two years to increase overall participation in sport at the site by 50 per cent. The club will go from strength-to-strength, expanding and developing with the growth of our great community. Ken, who is also Director of Enviro Property Partners Limited, which is developing the old police station site, said: “As people who have a passion for Morpeth, Bryan Beattie and myself thought it a great opportunity to undertake a project that could really make a difference when the police station became available for sale. “The site stands on an extremely prominent position and it is our intention along with our colleagues in Enviro Property Partners to put something together that will greatly enhance what we consider to be the gateway to the town and create a development that the residents of Morpeth can be really proud of " The former Rafa Club, Elm House, on Dacre Street, is to be converted into a new restaurant. Zonic Developments, the developer behind the conversion of the new Lollo Rosso restaurant, hopes it will provide an alternative fine dining experience for the people of Morpeth, along the lines of Cafe 21 in Newcastle. It is anticipated that the work on converting the property will start in the summer and be completed within six months. David Nicholson of Zonic Investments said: "Morpeth is growing rapidly and we would like to be an integral part in the town's expansion. We have identified an opportunity that its not currently available to the residents of the town, while at the same time helping to breathe new life and function into an otherwise empty and redundant building. “It is our vision that by providing quality and diverse dining experiences in Morpeth, the town will not only benefit from employment opportunities and increased foot fall but will also help to stimulate further inward investment." Zonic are also currently carrying out renovations to the former Appleby's bookstore with a view to bringing it back to use in the near future. North East based developers Roseville Asset Management Limited has announced proposals to redevelop the former Benfield Motors car showroom and former garage workshop premises at Castle Square and at Hillgate, into a new high quality residential development. The prominent town centre site has remained derelict for several years since the garage closed but the company will shortly be submitting a full planning application for permission to construct a new luxury development of 46 apartments and 5 townhouses on the site. The properties will benefit from views across the river Wansbeck and Carlisle Park and include secure underground car parking, private terraced gardens, swimming pool and leisure facilities for residents. Roseville’s director Stephen Foster said: “This will be a unique development for Morpeth that also allows for pedestrian access directly into the town centre across the footbridge and provide a great opportunity to re-develop an unsustainable industrial site within the conservation area of the town centre.”
  16. Landlords in Northumberland are invited to a series of training events to help them manage their tenancy and property. The training sessions, all led by Northumberland County Council in association with the National Landlords Association (NLA), will cover a range of topics including landlord safety, handling deposits and how to gain possession of a property. The first of the courses takes place on Monday February 26th at Blyth Civic Centre and focuses on landlord safety. This one-day course will cover the essentials in ensuring landlords are providing a safe property to tenants. There are limited spaces and the price per person is £95. To secure a place email privatesectorhousing@northumberland.gov.uk These courses are a great way for landlords to network and get up to speed on some of the key topics within the Private Rented Sector. The council also hosts a number of landlord forums every year, the next forum will be the South East Northumberland Forum which will be held on Tuesday 26th June followed by the Countywide Landlords Forum on Thursday October 11th at Morpeth Rugby Club. For more information on future courses and events go to www.northumberland.gov.uk/landlords#privaterentedsectoraccreditationscheme
  17. Consultation is continuing on future parking needs for some of the county’s major market towns. Last summer the County Council commissioned consultants to undertake parking studies and survey work in the market towns of Berwick, Hexham, Morpeth and Alnwick, to help develop options for future parking needs in these busy market towns. Since the start of the year work has been ongoing to seek the views and opinions of local county councillors, town councils and other key stakeholders on the findings of the consultants’ studies and their suggested recommendations on a range of potential measures that could help address parking issues in their areas. The study has found many of the issues identified are common to all of the towns, however there are also some key differences so the strategies for each one will need to be tailored to the local needs and circumstances. Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We have always stressed that the views of stakeholders is key in determining what happens in these towns. “We want to find a workable solution to the county’s parking issues which has the support of residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors. Doing nothing is not a viable option. “However, it is important we recognise that due to the historic nature of our towns, the availability of suitable development sites for extra car parking is limited and that there is no easy fix which will sort out the county’s parking issues. “We have had a number of productive meetings with local county councillors, town councils and other key stakeholders so that we can agree what actions are acceptable and should be taken forward to help meet the particular needs of each town. “It is clear from our discussions there is understandably a great deal interest from local town and parish councils, so we will be extending our consultations with them to 21st February to ensure all views and ideas can be heard.” While these studies focus on four of the main market towns the council is aware that parking issues are a problem in many parts of the county and is committed to working with all Town and Parish Councils and local communities to find workable solutions. To read the full reports go to http://bit.ly/parkingstudies
  18. Northumberland County Council is holding a State of the Area Debate on Tuesday 20 February from 3pm in the Council Chamber at County Hall in Morpeth. Cllr Peter Jackson, Leader of the Council, will set the scene before introducing Cabinet colleagues who will briefly speak about the current challenges and opportunities for the county, to stimulate discussion. A public debate will take a ‘Question Time’ style format, facilitated by the Business Chair Cllr Richard Dodd. The meeting will be open to all, and questions from members of the public or councillors can be submitted in advance or will be taken from the floor on the day. The event is expected to run until around 4.30pm. Anyone wishing to submit questions in advance should send them to democraticservices@northumberland.gov.uk by 5pm on Friday 16 February 2018.
  19. Bot

    March wedding fair for Morpeth

    A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next month, providing the perfect opportunity for couples planning their big day to meet local wedding suppliers and find everything they need, all under one roof. The wedding fair will take place in the historic Morpeth Town Hall on Sunday 18th March 2018, between 11am - 3pm. The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council’s Registration Service to promote the town’s stunning, affordable wedding venue and to support local wedding suppliers. It is free to enter and refreshments will be available. Over 25 North East based wedding specialists have signed up to attend the fair and promote their products and services. Among the line-up are wedding outfitters, florists, car hire specialists, photographers, music and entertainment companies and catering and cake makers. Throughout the day, the Northumberland Registrars will be available to offer couples advice and guidance on booking their Registrars and planning and personalising their ceremony. Morpeth Town Hall caters to a range of needs, and offers couples the chance to have a small intimate ceremony in the Ante room, while larger parties can hire the Ballroom which accommodates up to 80 guests. The iconic town hall was originally designed in 1714 by Sir John Vanbrugh and underwent a beautiful internal refurbished a few years ago. The great architect and dramatist is perhaps better known for his work at such landmark buildings as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Seaton Delaval Hall. Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services said: “Planning a wedding or civil ceremony can be a bit daunting. The Morpeth fair aims to ease the process by providing the opportunity for couples to come along to meet and talk to many local businesses involved in the wedding industry, in one venue while also having the opportunity to have a look around the impressive rooms in the Town Hall.” The county is currently experiencing a wedding boom with a record number of couples booking to tie the knot in the county. Last year the Northumberland registrars officiated over 1750 marriages and so far this year a further 2020 marriages have been booked. What’s more, statistics show that around 65 percent of couples who are getting married in Northumberland are actually coming from outside of the county. Cllr Oliver added “The wedding industry is big business bringing up to £30m into the county each year. It is an industry we want to nurture and develop to help support the many local businesses and jobs that benefit from it.” For further information telephone 01665 602870 or email: Alnwickreg@northumberland.gov.uk
  20. The final phase of an ambitious scheme to cut the flood risk in Morpeth is getting underway next month. The Morpeth Surface Water Scheme is a £1m project at six locations to reduce surface water flood risk to 85 properties and improve the ability of roads in and around Morpeth to cope with heavy rain. At Low Stanners, work involves the installation of a new road drainage system on Dark Lane and property protection measures to 17 homes on Staithes Lane and Swinney’s Court. Once complete, the work will provide a significant reduction in potential traffic disruption from surface water flooding during periods of heavy rain, which will be felt beyond the flooded areas to the wider town and surrounding routes. The work has been discussed with a range of stakeholders, including local landowners, bus companies and the Chamber of Trade, who agreed that now would be the best time of year to do the work. A drop-in session for the public outlining the work will also be taking place on Monday 19th February between 3pm and 7pm at Morpeth Town Hall. Further events will be held during the construction period. It was not possible to carry out the scheme at the same time as the Northumbrian Water works last year as the level of disruption would have been too great and would have involved roadworks continuing into last year’s Easter holidays. The work is due to take five weeks and will start on 26th February. While every effort is being made to minimise disruption, including overnight and off-peak working, temporary traffic lights will be in place for the duration of the works and will control traffic on the Dark Lane / Staithes Lane roundabout. Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “This is one of the final key stages of this long-term work to cut flooding issues in Morpeth. “Residents will know only too-well that surface water can gather in this area after heavy rain and this drainage work will provide much-needed improvements. “We have done all we can to minimise disruption and I want to thank residents and motorists in advance for their understanding while this work takes place.”
  21. Northumberland County Council has welcomed the announcement of £4.5million funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF). The funding is for the early construction of a link road and utilities that will unlock the final element of a key strategic housing site to the north of Morpeth, part of the wider St George’s Hospital site. The scheme is part of a wider Council strategy that seeks to deliver residential growth supported by investment in infrastructure. In Morpeth this approach has secured the delivery of the Morpeth Northern Bypass, a strategic sewer connection, and this link road that will enable residential development to come forward and also support the delivery of an Enterprise Zone for strategic employment. By also providing access to King Edward VI School from the north, the road will have the potential to reduce congestion in the town. The funding will ensure delivery of the wider St George's Hospital urban extension supported by the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan while specifically delivering the Strategic Road Improvement policy. The national £5billion Housing Infrastructure Fund is a government capital grant programme aimed at helping to unlock new homes and is awarded to local authorities on a competitive basis to fund key local infrastructure projects essential ahead of building the homes. Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council said: “This announcement is great news for Morpeth and Northumberland - allowing housing schemes to go ahead that have been hamstrung by the high costs of infrastructure. “Once the Morpeth scheme is complete the funding will also be ‘recycled’ and used to enable further housing and infrastructure developments in Northumberland. “HIF is a hugely competitive process, so it is a credit to our planning team that this bid has been successful.” The government has just released £866 million nationally to invest in schemes like this to enable development of up to 200,000 new homes get off the ground Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: “Today marks the first step of the multi-billion pound investment we announced at the Budget to help build the homes our country needs. “This fund finances vital infrastructure such as roads, schools and bridges, which will kick-start housing development in some of Britain’s highest-demand areas. “This support will help us meet our ambitious plan of building 300,000 new homes each year and ensure we have enough housing in areas which need it most.” Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our priority is building the homes this country desperately needs. “This first wave of investment totalling £866 million will help get up to 200,000 homes off the ground, making a huge difference to communities across the country. “This is just one of the many ways this government is taking action to get Britain building homes again.”
  22. Residents are invited to have their say on possible plans for a new first school build in Morpeth at a pre-planning consultation event at County Hall on 30 January from 5-8.00pm. At a Cabinet meeting in November, Northumberland County Council approved funding for a new school on land of the former fire station. Cabinet gave the green light to the revised Outline Business Case to relocate Morpeth First School to a purpose-built new building on the site of the old Morpeth Fire Station at Loansdean. The £6.85m plan would see a purpose-built new building on the site with the scheme planned to be completed by September 2019. Approval was also given to create separate overflow parking for County Hall staff to replace the existing temporary arrangements. The relocation project for Morpeth First school had previously been approved to be constructed on the County Hall site. Following the decision of the council in May last year not to relocate the council headquarters, it was no longer possible to continue with the project as previously agreed. The revised proposal now places the same design of school building, but on the new preferred site. Further consultation on the revised site will now take place prior to the submission of the detailed planning application. Councillor Wayne Daley, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, and cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “We are working closely with local parents, residents and the wider community in Morpeth to consult on the new school development. “We are committed to delivering the best possible educational environment the young people of Northumberland.”
  23. The next stage of ambitious plans to create a new future for Morpeth takes place next month. Last November over 300 visitors came to the Town Hall to share their ideas for the future redevelopment of the town - while 200 more took part via an online survey. Northumberland County Council is working with a range of stakeholders including Morpeth Forum to develop a masterplan on how the town develops over the next few years and how services can best be delivered to local people. The main issues raised by those who took part in November’s event were parking, schools and education, leisure and sports facilities and the future of key buildings and land in the town. Now an update session is being held in Morpeth Town Hall from 2pm until 8pm on February 9th to let people know what progress has been made on these issues - and advise on the next steps. Councillor Richard Wearmouth, Morpeth resident and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “It’s fantastic so many people got involved with this project and shared their ideas for the future redevelopment of Morpeth. “We were delighted with the engagement and feedback from the masterplanning session - there were some great ideas put forward. “It’s now time to take these ideas forward, look at the main issues raised and continue to plan for the future. I hope as many people as possible will be able to get along to see how the proposals are progressing.”
  24. Northumberland County Council are hosting a Holocaust memorial event as part of National Holocaust Memorial Day to remember all those lost in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day is open to all and will take place on 25th January at 1pm in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Morpeth. The theme for this years Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘the power of words’ and the impact and difference words can make, both for good and evil, which will be explored through music, film, readings and testimonies. The event will begin with the lighting of the Holocaust memorial candle and will conclude with the rising of the Holocaust flag and a blessing from Rabbi Lipsey. The ceremony will be hosted by the Northumberland Youth Cabinet and Parliament and will feature a film from Sele First School and a talk from the Young Equality Stars from Prudhoe Highfield Middle School. Veronica Jones, Northumberland County Council cabinet member for Adult Well Being and Health, said: “It is important that we continue to remember these shocking moments in history and all those that have lost their lives through unjust hatred and persecution. “It is through remembering these events that we can learn from them and they serve as a continuous reminder that more needs to be done to recognise prejudice and raise awareness about how to stop it.”
  25. One of Morpeth’s most famous timepieces is on the move to allow investigation of its condition and options for its possible restoration. The floral clock in Carlisle Park which was presented to the borough of Morpeth by James Fairbairn Smith of Detroit in 1972, has been carefully removed and has been taken down to renowned clockmakers Smith of Derby for detailed analysis on whether the mechanism can be repaired. Northumberland County Council was approached about the possibility of reinstating the flower clock by The Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock and are working with the group to explore options and costs that would be associated with this - and how they might be met - including the possibility of sponsorship. A team has also visited Whitby to look into how the floral clock there is managed and financed. Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We are pleased to be working with the Friends of the Floral Clock to explore what will be required to restore and maintain it in the future. “Smiths of Derby have a history going back more than 150 years and will be able to advise us about the options available and costs associated with the repair and restoration of the clock, so that the Friends Group know what funds will need to be raised.” The Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock’s goal is to have the clock returned to its former glory in time for the summer judging of the 2018 Britain in Bloom competition. Barbara Ross from the Friends of Morpeth’s Floral Clock said: “It has been wonderful to see this project coming together, and we are delighted at the positivity and encouragement that we have received from Northumberland County Council, and the partnership we have forged. “It has been a bit like a fairy story: the bringing together of the Jobson Family with the family of Robert Fairbairn Smith, who donated the Clock in honour of his childhood friend. The people of Morpeth have really embraced this as part of their heritage with £2,000 of public donations received within a week and 900 people supporting us on Facebook! “This will put Morpeth on the map as with traditional carpet bedding we believe it will be one of its kind in England!” Anyone wishing to support or donate to the clock fund can email the group at morpethfloralclock@gmail.com
×