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Northumberland County Council News Archive
Northumberland County Council leads recovery plan for abnormal load shed in Otterburn area
The A696, in the Otterburn area, is currently closed while the County Council leads a detailed recovery operation to remove a lorry and its load following an accident on Monday 28th May. The lorry was carrying an abnormal load (wind turbine component) and was using this approved route which routinely accommodates abnormally large military vehicles. Diversions are in place diverting traffic onto the A68 from the A696.
New design portfolio
The council’s in-house design team has produced an exciting new portfolio, highlighting some of the creative work completed for clients in the last year.
County’s school children parade for Jubilee
Hundreds of school children from across the county paraded through Hexham today, May 30th to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, before attending a special celebratory service in Hexham Abbey.
Bin collections – Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday
All bin collections across Northumberland will run two days late next week due to the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday days.
West area planning team office move
Planning officers who cover the west areas of Northumberland will be located in a new office from Wednesday 6th June.
Prosecution for not removing dead livestock
A Hexham man has been prosecuted under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2011 for not removing dead livestock from fields under his control.
Bringing empty homes back into use
Northumberland County Council’s housing team is highlighting some of its success stories in bringing empty and unused houses back into use.
Date set for next year’s Blyth battle event!
Blyth Battery is counting the cost of its annual ‘goes to war’ event – concluding that it was so successful that a date can already be set for next year’s gathering.
Drop-in housing events in Blyth
Blyth residents will have the opportunity to find out more about affordable housing developments in the Hodgsons Road and Newsham areas of the town at special events this week.
Volunteers needed to help safeguard children and young people
Volunteers are needed to join the Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) and help to build closer ties with the local community.
Northumberland Shoppers Permit available now
The Northumberland Shoppers Permit, which allows residents to park free of charge in designated car parks in the county during certain times, is now available to purchase.
Children's jubilee party at Morpeth Library
Join Morpeth Library staff for stories, crafts and refreshments with a Jubilee theme. Hear the story of The Queen’s Knickers and join in all the fun!
Miners’ Picnic features feast of history
Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives is holding its ever popular Miners’ Picnic again, but this year’s event has even more emphasis on the region’s history with two very special additions.
Newbiggin by the Sea wins the opportunity to breathe life back into town
Against tough competition the coastal town of Newbiggin by the Sea in South East Northumberland has won a fiercely competitive opportunity to breathe life back into their town.
Compost prizes took waste site visitors by surprise!
Some lucky Northumberland residents have been shovelling up organic prizes during compost awareness week.
Government funding secured for greener travel to work in Northumberland
Northumberland County Council welcomed the news today that the Department for Transport will provide £2.8m towards a local transport initiative which aims to improve sustainable travel choices for access to work and education in the South East of the County
Triple funding joy for Northumberland schools
Northumberland County Council has welcomed the latest announcement from Government that will see three local schools awarded funding.
Tourist centres get thumbs up from mystery shoppers
Visitors to Northumberland’s Tourist Information Centres are getting top quality advice and information – and that's official!
Family day to launch Foster Care Fortnight
For Foster Care Fortnight 2012 Northumberland County Council teamed up with ‘Max Card’ to thank their foster families and family support carers with a family fun day at Cragside House, Rothbury on Saturday 19 May.
Volunteers needed as digital champions
Northumberland County Council is supporting a Northumberland Community Development Network project which will improve IT skills and open access to online services for older people.
Care Farming conference planned
An event to explore the future of Care Farming service provision in Northumberland will be run by the county council on 1 June.
Banners mark torch relay route
Over the coming week the Olympic Torch Relay in Northumberland will come to life as special banners are attached lamp posts marking its route through the county.
Banners mark torch relay route
Over the coming week the Olympic Torch Relay in Northumberland will come to life as special banners are attached to lamp posts marking its route through the county.
Prize-winning photo shows LOVEly Northumberland
The winner of a photo competition celebrating all that is LOVEly about Northumberland has been announced.
Morpeth Northern Bypass Update
The County Council will be submitting an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to allow the Morpeth Northern Bypass to progress
Pioneering rural Library venture officially opens today
Wooler’s new library, which is blazing a trail in council and community partnership, will be officially on Thursday, May 17, at its new home – The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place.
Have your say on local health services in North Northumberland
People in north Northumberland are being encouraged to give their views about health services in the Berwick area at mobile roadshows from Saturday.
Launch of an inspiring sports project
A sports project led by Northumberland County Council launches today (16 May) on UK Inspire Day as part of the London 2012 programme of activities.
Planning Northumberland’s future
Northumberland County Council is getting ready to launch a consultation with local communities on a new planning document.
Social networks make a splash
Northumberland County Council has been used as a case study in a national report that explores best practice on social media.
Grant is music to the ears of brass band enthusiasts
The brass band tradition in Bedlington has been given a breath of fresh air thanks to Youth Music funding secured by Northumberland County Council.
Meeting planned for traffic lights in Morpeth
Northumberland County Council has responded to comments regarding the new traffic lights installed at the busy Telford Bridge junction in Morpeth. The Council has agreed to hold a further public meeting in July and use all available evidence to review whether the lights are effective.
Plans for Berwick’s parks unveiled
Residents and visitors to Berwick-upon Tweed will have a special opportunity to view plans for improvements to the town’s Castle Gate and Coronation Parks at an exhibition on Saturday 26th May.
Authors visit Mobile Library on rural route
Villagers in some of Northumberland’s more remote communities will have a unique opportunity to meet two authors when the mobile library makes its next fortnightly visit next week.
Authors make visit to Felton Mobile Library
Felton residents will have a unique opportunity meet two authors when the mobile library makes its next fortnightly visit to the village this weekend.
Author event at Morpeth Library
Guardian sports’ columnist and author Harry Pearson and author Janette Jenkins will be talking about their novels at Morpeth Library this weekend. The books up for discussion are Slipless in Seattle (comic tales to delight sports fans) and Little Bones (set in late 19th Century London) respectively. The event will take place on Saturday 19th May 2012 from 1.00-2.30pm Tickets cost £3 and include refreshments. They are available from Morpeth Library Tel 01670 500390. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Outstanding result for Northumberland Children’s Services
The services that protect children and young people across Northumberland have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by the official government inspectors.
Resident liaison officer ready for calls
Work on redevelopment of a Blyth housing estate has begun, and an estate liaison officer appointed by Northumberland County Council to work on the project.
Author Karen to talk at Alnwick Library
Author Karen Charlton will be talking about her debut novel, Catching the Eagle, at Alnwick Library on Friday May 25.
Northumberland County Council’s big dance
As part of the council’s healthier workforce programme the council is taking part in the Big Dance and would like to see as many employees as possible getting involved on Friday, 18 May 2012.
Electoral Register - Canvassers required:
Northumberland County Council Elections Office requires canvassers to help with the compilation of the 2013 Electoral Register.
Morpeth Traffic Lights Update
Representatives from Northumberland County Council will be attending a public meeting at Morpeth Town Hall this evening (Thursday 10th May)to discuss the implementation and impact of the traffic lights installed on Bridge Street in Morpeth.
Mamma Mia Market will be just the Italian job
The tastes and smells of an authentic Italian marketplace will be coming to Morpeth for the very first time next weekend.
LOVE Northumberland Awards 2012 launched
The second annual LOVE Northumberland awards which showcase the work of schools, community and voluntary and other groups in keeping the county beautiful are now open for nominations.
Armed Forces Covenant signed in Northumberland
Northumberland’s close ties with the military were strengthened further last week when local members of the Armed Forces - both past and present - together with their families, received a public promise of support from the people of Northumberland.
32miles of roads targeted to keep Northumberland motoring
The County Council will begin its annual surface dressing programme this month which will see 32 miles of carriageway in 30 different locations benefit from road surface repairs.
Free Olympic sports sessions to mark Torch arrival
A series of free Olympic sports sessions will be available at leisure centres across Northumberland next week, to mark the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the UK.
Does your business need an apprentice?
Funding for an annual programme of apprenticeship recruitment for 2012/13 has been agreed by Northumberland County Council. Applications for apprentices are now welcome from local businesses and council services for the following posts:
Supplier day opens opportunities for businesses
Northumberland County Council is opening up new ways to support the local economy and provide opportunities for local small and medium businesses.
United front for volunteer dancers
Employees from Northumberland County Council who volunteered to be dance leaders for a Big Dance event were given a celebrity experience when they were joined by Newcastle United players.
Walkers stride to library for local talk
Veteran guidebook author Mark Richards entertained a large audience of footsore walkers at Haltwhislte Library last week.
Talk on sporting past of Morpeth
In the run-up to the 2012 Games local historian Alan Davison will be giving a wide-ranging talk on the history of sport in Morpeth between the 17th & 20th Centuries.
Spring bird watch at Bolam
Bring your binoculars to Bolam Lake Country Park this Sunday (6 May) for a walk with a feathered theme.
New chairman for county council
Berwick based county councillor, Jim Smith has been elected as the new chairman of Northumberland County Council, succeeding George Todd who is standing down after his year in office.
Office moves procedures
All employees are asked to complete a form for any office moves which must be approved by their head of service. Please use the following link for the appropriate form. http://intranet/default.aspx?page=7258
Local Government additional voluntary pension contributions (AVC’s)
Local Government pension scheme members can increase their future pension benefits in a number of ways, one of which is by investing in an in-house additional voluntary contribution (AVC) scheme.
Northumberland signs Armed Forces Covenant
Local members of the Armed Forces - both past and present - together with their families, will tomorrow receive a public promise of support from the people of Northumberland.
Give back to the Earth this compost awareness week
Northumberland County Council is encouraging residents to ‘Give back to the Earth’ during the 12th annual international Compost Awareness Week.
Views sought on Prudhoe Council changes
The electoral arrangements of Prudhoe Town Council are currently being examined with a view to reducing the total number of town councillors, reviewing the boundaries and renaming the Town Council wards.
Jubilee art workshop in Haltwhistle
Children between the ages of 9-14 year old are invited to a series of Jubilee art workshops at Haltwhilstle Library in May.
Proggy craft morning
There’s a chance for local residents to try the traditional craft of hooky and proggy in a free craft taster session at Haltwhistle on Thursday May 31st.
Haltwhistle Library needs you
Community groups and service providers in Haltwhistle and district are being asked to go along to Haltwhistle Library and Adult Learning Centre on Tuesday May 15.
Family story workshops at Haltwhistle Library
Pre-school children are invited to a series of magical story art workshops at Haltwhistle Library during May.
Communities consulted on local bus services
The county council has begun a 12 week consultation to consider how supported bus services can work more effectively and efficiently in the future.
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