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(a) To enhance good governance in the area and ensure that the Council’s policies take account of the needs and aspirations of local communities and do not discriminate unfairly between the different areas.
(b) To advise the Cabinet on budget priorities and expenditure within the area.
(c) To consider, develop and influence policy and strategy development of the Council, its arms-length organisations, and other relevant bodies, to ensure that they meet local requirements and facilitate efficient and transparent decision making.
(d) To receive information, consider and comment on matters associated with service delivery including those undertaken in partnership agencies, affecting the local area to ensure that they meet local requirements, including matters relating to community safety, anti-social behaviour and environmental crime.
(e) To consider and refer to Cabinet any issues from a local community perspective with emerging Neighbourhood Plans within their area, and consider local planning applications as per the planning delegation scheme
(f) To consider and recommend adjustments to budget priorities in relation to Local Transport Plan issues within their area, and to make decisions in relation to devolved capital highway maintenance allocations.
(g) To engage, through the appropriate networks, with all key stakeholders from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to facilitate the delivery of area priorities. This will include undertaking regular liaison with parish and town councils.
(h) To inform, consult and engage local communities in accordance with Council policy and guidance, through the appropriate networks.
(i) To, as appropriate, respond or refer with recommendations to local petitions and councillor calls for action.
(j) To make certain appointments to outside bodies as agreed by Council.
(k) To determine applications for grant aid from the Community Chest, either through Panels for individual Local Area Councils, or through the Panel of Local Area Council Chairs for countywide applications.
(l) To refer and receive appropriate issues for consideration to or from other Council Committees, and as appropriate invite Portfolio Holders to attend a meeting if an item in their area of responsibility is to be discussed.
(m) To exercise the following functions within their area:-
(i) the Council’s functions in relation to the survey, definition, maintenance, diversion, stopping up and creation of public rights of way.
(ii) the Council’s functions as the Commons Registration Authority for common land and town/village greens in Northumberland.
(iii) the Council’s functions in relation to the preparation and maintenance of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan
(iv) the Council’s functions in relation to the Northumberland National Park and County Joint Local Access Forum (Local Access Forums (England) Regulations 2007.
(v) the Council’s role in encouraging wider access for all to the County’s network of public rights of way and other recreational routes.
Petitions can be created or signed by anyone living, working, studying or using services in Northumberland. They can be in paper or electronic form ('e-petition') and submitted with both written and electronic signatures.
Make an e-petition to Northumberland County Council
Narrowgate has been closed for 7 months and we believe it is negatively affecting trade in Bondgate Within. Please sign this petition to have Narrowgate opened to traffic.
Opened for signatures on 12 March 2020
Number of signatures as of 30 March 2020: 64
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Closes on 12 April 2020
We are seeing increasing numbers of shops opening in Hexham that have vinyl and plastic signs. These are completely out of keeping with the character of the Conservation Area (as per NCC's own guidelines). NCC must start taking decisive action against these businesses and force them to change their signage. They are a slap in the face to businesses who invest time and money in the planning process and have businesses that positively enhance the town.
Opened for signatures on 22 January 2020
Signatures as of 30 March 2020: 11
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Bedlington has become a building site without an infrastructure. Our schools and GP's are already full to capacity and we have no leisure facilities to offer. Our roads are already congested, with roundabouts at a stand still at peak times. The 500 planned houses heading towards Stakeford will themselves bring a potential thousand new cars onto those roads, to add to the already build new houses at Netherton and the planned 47 houses, mostly 4 bed-roomed, at Bedlington Golf course. This town is fast becoming a commuter town, with no facilities. We need to prevent any further housing being built. Bedlington has already more than filled its quota for the required new builds in Northumberland.
Opened for signatures on 10 October 2019
Signatures as of 30 March 2020: 30
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This is a petition to ask that as part of the recently declared Climate Emergency, all new build homes in Northumberland to be build with 4kWp of solar photovoltaics installed.
The impacts of this will be: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as the solar will generate roughly the same amount of electricity used within the homes (not counting electrical heating); creation and protection of jobs in solar installation companies within the region; and reduction of electricity bills for homeowners of approximately £300/year/home.
This can be achieved through amending local planning legislation to require 85% of (non heating) net electricity to come from on-site renewables, a simple modification of the Merton Rule (which usually asks for 10%), which has existed since 2010 and has been used by many Local Authorities across the UK. The impact of this will be to strengthen the local supply chain, increasing employment and reducing the costs of solar installations for local existing homes and businesses through increased competition.
There is no legislation from central government which could prevent this, as the Deregulation Bill, which could have removed these powers from Local Authorities, never completed its passage through parliament. In order to be effective, this policy would need to be enacted immediately. Northumberland council have all the powers necessary to immediately implement this.
Opened for signatures on 3 October 2019
Signatures as of 30 March 2020: 112
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AFC Newbiggin Football Club are working towards having their own facilities, pitches for Juniors mini soccer, nine aside, 11 aside and Seniors working towards Step 7. We have the funding in place and require the support of Northumberland County Council, so are requesting a £170,000 contribution to fill the gap shortfall as they have done with similar projects.
Opened for signatures on 6 February 2020
Number of signatures: 165
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Closed on 6 March 2020
There are hundreds of children aged 3-18 who live on the estate and attend the Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA). At present these children, accompanied by parents / childminders / carers etc have to walk at least 2.1 miles (40 minutes) to get to the school. The development and children would benefit from a pathway being installed from the main road in the development to the back fields of the school. This would result in having to walk approximately 0.3 miles and would take about 5 minutes. At present they are also walking along the black path which is mainly flooded, overgrown and dangerous in the winter nights.
Opened for signatures on 14 January 2020
I would like to propose the building of a Basketball court within Ridley Park, we do not have one within walking distance, Basketball is an ever increasing sport and we should encourage all activities that promote the health of our kids.
Opened for signatures on 19 September 2019
Cheviot view is a very busy street, not only with cars but children playing too, cars parked on one side of the road due to lack of parking spaces which makes using the road very difficult. There are no passing places available if a car is coming towards you. The street is made up of a circle so a one way street would be beneficial to all houses, road users and children.
Between the hours of 11pm and 3am motorbikes speed up and down this road. Not only are the bike engines so loud, but the speed they go I fear one of these days I will have a motorbike in my car windscreen or my livingroom. Through the day cars speed down this residential street, where children play. I refuse to let my daughter out on this road as an accident will happen one of these days. Even more so with the blind bend there is on the street that the cars speed round
Closed on: 3 October 2018
In April 2014 residents of Lesbury were asked to take part in a democratic vote for parking restrictions around Alnmouth Station. We voted overwhelmingly against them. Now 4 years later Northumberland Council see fit to completely ignore the democratic process and instill their own ill thought out solution to parking problems at Alnmouth. The only solution to insufficient parking at the station is to provide more, not to penalise and charge residents for the success of the station.
Closed on 12 July 2018
Proposer: Mr Geoff Potts
This petition is in response to Northumberland County Council’s West Northumberland School Consultation.
In all three proposals put forward by the Council, Wark C of E First School has been potentially earmarked for closure depending upon the outcome of the consultation.
Wark C of E First School is a vital part of our rural community, giving our children the best start in life from preschool age and providing optional wraparound care to support working families. It has strong support from the Diocese and 100% of parents would recommend our school to others.
The school is consistently rated GOOD by OFSTED and SIAMS. A broad, enriched curriculum is provided and each child is treated as an individual with individual learning plans. The budgeting forecast to 2020/21 is in surplus and the school is thriving, as are its pupils. Wark First School is dynamic, easily adapting to change and can prove it is viable to work in both a 2 tier or 3 tier system given the chance.
Closure would drive families away, destroying the surrounding community and businesses within. Our children would not receive the educational needs in keeping with their rural upbringing and would throw away a school providing the very best education and support. It also removes the choice of a faith school in the local area. Therefore we cannot accept any of the three proposals to close Wark Church of England First School and the purpose of this petition is to keep our school open and demonstrate the support we have.
Closeds on 8 April 2018
Proposer: Mrs N Nichol
Public footpath no.22 closure notice was issued in January 2017 for a 6 month period. The closure was then extended to October 2017. The closure has now been extended again until 30 April 2019. Closures have been granted to enable development of the old hospital site by Gentoo. Gentoo have stated that they will re-open the path periodically during the current closure period but no dates have been provided.
Footpath no.22 is a valued and well used path by the local community, its closure is denying safe access to a wider network of paths for recreational use. Moor Road provides alternative access but is used by heavy construction traffic servicing Gentoo’s development.
A 2 years, 3 month closure period can not reasonably be considered as ‘temporary.’ Gentoo has continually failed to meet its own targets and honour promises given to the community. Petitioners have lost faith and trust in Gentoo and their assurance to periodically open the path and therefore request that Northumberland County Council:
1) revoke the current excessive and unreasonable temporary closure;
2) require Gentoo to provide safe access across the site (similar to that provided by Story Homes at their Crawcrook development).
3) Significantly reduce any future temporary closure periods.
Closed on 31 December 2017
Regeneration of Ashington Town Centre
Object to the decision to withdraw the new County Hall project from being built in Ashington. We demand a similar major development project to be realised for Ashington Town to ensure we protect and revitalise current businesses and harvest in additional major investors to create quality jobs with decent wages.
Closed on: 27 December 2017
Proposer: Mr K Ellis
Closed on: 8 December 2017
Proposer: Mr S Hutchinson
Beach Access North East provides free of charge, access to beach wheelchairs at Blyth South Beach. We need storage for these to be located at the beach, so other volunteers can increase the days when these are available to members of the public to use. We cannot buy a larger range of equipment to improve the accessibility to this beach without storage at the beach. We need at a minimum a 2m square, secure, vandal proof container but would prefer more room. We can provide the container, we need the council to give permission and to provide hard standing at a location near to or on the promenade/car park.
We the undersigned request that Northumberland county Council install and maintain appropriate street lighting to Moor Road between Moor Grange and the entrance to Humbles Wood/Fern Dene Hospital. (Grid ref 10/61&62 ordnance survey pathfinder 548). Currently there is no street lighting on this under maintained, dark narrow road. The footpath is heavily populated by woodland and used by residents, visitors and hospital staff 24 hours per day. We believe this is a huge safety concern which needs to addressed urgently for the following reasons;
This road is now classed as a double carriage way with a 30mph speed restriction, so is no longer a country lane. Therefore appropriate street lighting in recognition of this being an adopted road should be installed.
25 Million pound was made available for a lighting renewal program in Northumberland, and yet we are advised none of this is available for new street lighting.
Closed on: 2 November 2017
Proposer: Mrs L Rusby
After the death of a friend, caused by a speeding motorist along Victoria/Rothesay Terrace, it's about time the route from Bedlington Station to Stead Lane had some traffic calming measures installed along this route to prevent another tragedy.
Signatories: 1198 (316 electronic signatures, 882 paper signatures)
Closed on 26 October 2017
The 20mph signs on Hallstile Bank, a residential street in Hexham are not being adhered to. Traffic speeds down the bank from very early in the morning and well into the night. Anti Social behaviour with revving cars occurs daily. Lorries and buses (up to 2.55 m wide) navigate a bend on the steep bank, when the road width is 3.05m (narrowest section) with a footpath only on one side.
We, the undersigned, petition Northumberland County Council to review current usage of the road, consider restricting the size / weight of vehicles using the bank and install traffic monitoring and calming measures to ensure it is used safely and considerately.
Closed on: 20 October 2017
The Petitions Committee's role is to consider those petitions of a corporate or county wide nature which do not fall within the remit of the local area councils, planning and other regulatory committees (petitions about planning or licensing applications may not be considered), and to make appropriate recommendations to full Council, the Cabinet, or other committees, or on matters delegated to officers depending upon the subject matter.
The committee can also consider petitions about local issues in exceptional circumstances when agreed by the Chair. The relevant Cabinet member and division member(s) are invited to attend as non-voting members. Its meetings are scheduled to take place on a quarterly basis each year.
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This petition is to make the Barley Rise housing area a permit holders only parking area to stop people parking here visiting Wansbeck Hospital which would stop the current traffic issues.
Closed on: 27 August 2016
Current situation: consultation to be arranged about residents' views on a parking scheme.
Current situation: a response to the petition was considered by the Area Committee - South on Wednesday 13 July 2016 at 6pm at Choppington Social Welfare Centre. The committee noted the information in the report and agreed that the ward member be kept informed of progress.
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