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Cramlington commit to high quality standards

Cramlington Town Council and Northumberland County Council have agreed to work together in a new five-year partnership which will bring the highest environmental standards to the town.

The Neighbourhood Services Partnership Agreement will run from April 2019 to March 2024, building on the considerable success of its existing Partnership Agreement.

Over the past five years the existing agreement has significantly improved grounds maintenance standards in Cramlington, driving up local environmental quality in the town and making its streets and open spaces look well cared for and places that residents and visitors can enjoy.

This was made possible by Cramlington Town Council’s investment in enhancing County Council services. The core permanent workforce of 13 staff is boosted to 23 thanks to the financial contribution from the Town Council which also funds additional grounds maintenance equipment.

All the staff work as part of an integrated team and are able to do much more together. In the summer this means grass in Cramlington is cut almost twice as frequently as it would otherwise be cut and more time is spent on maintaining better floral displays.  

In addition to extra grounds maintenance work being done in the winter, having the larger team also means that during bad weather teams can clear more snow or ice on pedestrian routes to shops and schools.

The new agreement will introduce additional improvements including increasing the maintenance on banksides in the town that lead to underpasses so that the appearance of these key pedestrian routes are improved. Staff will also provide free labour to a number of community projects during winter months.

Cllr John Collins from Cramlington Town Council said: “This is a fantastic example of both county and town councils working together to make a difference.

“Our vision is to have the cleanest, greenest and most attractive town in Northumberland and I am delighted that we have agreed our outstanding partnership for a further five years. Cramlington is the benchmark by which other councils will be judged and I am proud of the staff for working so hard to help deliver our vision.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “ We are committed to working closely with all town and parish councils and this is a great example of how we can achieve more by working in partnership.  This is only made possible by the fantastic work done by the staff on the ground“
 
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