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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
This petition requests that the Council review current transport services and works with public service transport companies to ensure school transportation in the area meets the needs of the community and gives more choice to our children and their education.
If your child attends a school not within the catchment area for your postcode, the current policy of the Council is not to provide transport unless certain criteria are met. You are therefore reliant on either Public Transport or making alternative arrangements to take your child to school. Currently, the 688 Hexham to Allendale/Allenheads provides a bus service from Allenheads at 06:31 and 09:41. The service which runs in-between terminates at Allendale, returning to Hexham at 07:50. Any parents who live further up the valley, have to transport their children by car to Allendale to catch the service bus. A number of other parents have also stated that services to schools do not take into account children who may do extra-curricular activities after school. Whilst the Council have made it clear that no changes will be made in the provision of transport outside of a school catchment area, they surely have a responsibility to work with public transport companies to ensure that school children have services running at the right times and to and from the correct locations (where feasible).
People should have a choice as to where their child goes to school and in rural areas especially, appropriate transport and subsidised tickets are the only means to giving those children a choice. The Council try to encourage environmentally-friendly ways of travelling to school with their ‘Go Smarter Northumberland’ initiative and yet there appears to be a disconnect between this and the current working arrangements with Public Services.
Opened for signatures on 07.07.21
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Esmeralda gardens, seghill is a street with 8 homes and 1 narrow road. Each house has either one or two cars per house hold with nowhere to park or turn around. This results in numerous cars having to park on the grass. As a street we would love to have a section of the grass removed and turned into parking bays. It would be a huge help to the street.
Opened for signatures on 07.06.21
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Path has been closed by NCC from the end of Stephenson Terrace Wylam to the Newburn Country Park since 2013 due to riverbank erosion on land owned by Wylam Parish Council, near Tom and Joes Garden Nurseries. Existing fences have been broken down numerous times. Safety hazard as people still go along the dangerous path. NCC to repair Riverbank and restore footpath so route is reopened. The riverbank erosion and ground stability of the land upon which the footpath runs is also affecting the private access road for the adjoining Garden Nurseries business
Opened for signatures on 26.04.21
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Currently the only footway provision from the estates off the Pennine Way, listed above, to Bellingham's shops, bus service, churches and other facilities is via one of 3 footpath's through Hillside which all include steps and steep slopes. Before allowing further development up this steep hill, the council should provide or require developers to provide a wheelchair accessible footpath or pavement.
Opened for signatures on 25 March 2021
Closed for signatures on 26 April 2021
Number of signatures on 26 April 2021 : 2
We the parents of Belford children would like funded transportation for the children attending duchess high school in Alnwick, following the transition of the Belford first school changing over into the 2 tier system. We feel this should have been done at the point of change from first to primary status and feel it’s dragging on to long with no hope insight. We as parents would like this petition to be signed by everyone in the hopes we raise some form of resolution faster.
Please sign and help the cause.
Thank you for taken time to read this, this means a lot to us here in Belford trying to get what’s best for the next generation.
Opened for signatures on 13 October 2020
Number of signatures as at 25 March 2021 - 2
We regard the action taken by this council to impose planning enforcement procedures on over 60 residents in Lynemouth to be unfair and disproportionate. In the midst of a global pandemic, this action disregards this council's duty of care towards the health and wellbeing of its constituents.
Residents are already suffering financially and proceding with this action at this time will cause not only further financial hardship for many, but also poses a threat to mental and physical wellbeing.
Whilst the action may be governed by national legislation, we ask this Council Administration to:
1. Consider whether there are any discretionary powers at local level to address the problem
2. Recognise the financial pressure this puts on people at this current time
3. Acknowledge that it has a duty of care to residents and at the very least extend the timescales on any enforcement until such times when residents can meet with any such professional bodies as they need to in order to produce the relevant applications, plans etc
Opened for signatures on 15 February 2021
Number of signatures as at 11 March 2021 - 147
Petition closed for signatures on 11 March 2021
Newbiggin Town Council held a meeting on 18 November and voted for (3 for only 2 against), the proposed asset transfer of the derelict toilets next to the Cresswell Arms Public House, Newbiggin from Northumberland County Council. This petition is opposed to the asset transfer and redevelopment of a new toilet block at this location to be paid for by Newbiggin residents and instead wants this eyesore demolished and the site cleared. We believe that this best represents the views of local residents who have not been consulted on this matter.
Opened for signatures on 3 December 2020
This petiton closed for signatures on Wednesday 3 February 2021
Number of signatures received as at 3 February 2021 - 185
We wish to register our objection to plans that have been submitted to Northumberland County Council (Application no.20/03389/FUL ) for four dwellings to be built in an area with “Outstanding long range views” on land South of Centurion Way. Heddon on the Wall. We ask NCC not to grant permission to build.
These views are enjoyed by the whole village community and would no be longer visible to the public if built. This ‘view’ and the benches provided by the mining institute to enjoy it, are part of our mining, cultural and village heritage.
The roads leading to the development would increase traffic and air pollution to a road system which was not designed for the current amount of traffic or parking and further endanger children playing outside and increase likelihood of damage to vehicles.
Opened for signatures on 6 November 2020
Number of signatures as at 30 November 2020 - 84
The petition closed on Monday 30 November 2020
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
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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