In 2009, following local government reorganisation in Northumberland, the new unitary Northumberland County Council (NCC) adopted a local council charter. The charter’s purpose was to define the relationship and an effective working partnership between NCC and town and parish councils.
The parish charter
The aim of the Northumberland town and parish council charter is to identify how the county council and town and parish councils can work together to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Northumberland.
The revised charter was prepared following consultation with all Northumberland town and parish councils.
This charter is a shorter document, which will be accompanied by an action plan. This will be monitored annually to ensure it is effective and relevant. The draft local council charter has been developed through the parish liaison working group.
Local service delivery
Since 2012, the following services have been the responsibility of the local councils across Northumberland:
- annual planting
- bus shelters
- litter bins
- play parks
- public seats
- seasonal lighting
- war memorials
Some local councils also provide other services such as cemeteries and public conveniences.
All other council services can be accessed via the county council’s website, by phone on 0345 600 6400, or at a Northumberland information centre, listed below. You can visit a centre Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).
||Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB
||Wansbeck Square, Ashington NE63 9XL
||Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington NE22 6JX
||Walkergate Building, Walkergate, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DJ
||Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth NE24 1DJ
||Concordia, Cramlington NE23 6YB
||Hadrian House, Hexham NE46 3NH
||Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth NE61 1AF
||The Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval NE25 0BW