Important Alerts and Reminders

Welcome to our alerts page. Here you will find important information about disruptions to council services. These can include school closures, bin collections, winter gritting, path clearance, and road conditions. These alerts can help you stay safe, and help you plan ahead at this time of year. 

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Winter Alert : Planned Gritting from 8:00pm on Saturday 28th March 2020

Effective: 28 Mar 2020 to 29 Mar 2020

Based on the most recent weather forecast we plan to carry out gritting from 8:00pm on Saturday 28th March on the following 800'+ routes:
Allendale, Alnwick 4, Bearl 4, Haltwhistle 1, Otterburn 1, Otterburn 2 and Rothbury

then from 4:00am on Sunday 29th March on all Northumberland Primary routes.

You can view our map showing all primary gritting routes at:

Please note that Highways England is responsible for gritting the A1 and A19 - contact them on 0300 1235000 or email

Short term forecast :-
This afternoon will be chilly with a brisk north-easterly wind. Some bright or sunny intervals but a scattering of showers will develop, perhaps with a little hail or sleet mixed in those.

Tonight will be a cold night with one or two showers lingering for a time, perhaps with a little sleet or hill snow mixed-in those. A few clear intervals too.

Tomorrow will be cloudy at times and cold with one or two isolated sleety showers possible but a lot of dry weather as well. A brisk north-easterly wind.

View the latest detailed forecast and weather warnings at

Please report any problem areas to us at

You can also call us during office hours on 0345 600 6400 - please be aware that during peak times there may be a queue.

In continuing cold weather conditions, when widespread ice is forecast, and as resources become available, we will progressively start gritting:

main footpaths and car parks in town centres
busy urban shopping areas
important pedestrian links
footpaths next to large schools

Please drive according to the weather conditions and take care on the roads.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) will close until further notice from 24 March 2020.

Effective: 24 Mar 2020 to 30 Apr 2020

In light of Government advice to stay at home and avoid all but essential travel, our provider Suez has advised that all Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) will close until further notice from 24 March 2020. We ask all our residents to store their unwanted items until we are able to open the sites again. Thank you

Library Alert : All libraries closed to the public from 12 noon today until further notice

Effective: 23 Mar 2020 to 1 May 2020

All libraries will be closed to the public from 12 noon today until further notice.

We will now be moving our libraries service to a fully digital and online offer, with requests for books to be facilitated via community groups wherever possible, including assisting our most vulnerable residents e.g. large print requests etc. Libraries will also move to provide a telephone befriending service, including doorstep deliveries which our community fleet will assist with.

We are also preparing further digital and online content, and supporting and helping to coordinate any community offering that is needed through a volunteer programme which we will announce details about over the coming days.

Customers can find a range of audio, ebooks and magazines via the BorrowBox and RB Digital apps, which can be downloaded from the library website -

More about Library Alert : All libraries closed to the public from 12 noon today until further notice available here

Statutory Proposal for West Woodburn First School

Effective: 12 Mar 2020 to 9 Apr 2020

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 15(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006, that it is the intention of Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 2EF to discontinue (close) the following school;

ยท West Woodburn First School, West Woodburn, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2RX with effect from 31 August 2020.

West Woodburn First School is a local authority maintained community school and forms part of the Haydon Bridge Partnership of schools. The school is also federated with Otterburn First School as part of The River Rede Federation, formed in 2019.

Further information and the full statutory proposal can be accessed by following the link below:

More about Statutory Proposal for West Woodburn First School available here

School Closures

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Planned Road Closures

View our planned roadworks using the interactive map here