An ambitious recovery plan has been approved by Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet, which sets out how the Council and the county as a whole can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The recovery plan was agreed at a special meeting of the Council’s Cabinet to discuss it’s response to the virus, and what the Council and its partners must do to emerge from the challenges of Covid-19 and its long term impact.

 
 
The phased approach to recovery recognises that plans will need to respond to changes as lockdown continues to ease, with early engagement across the county seen as essential.
 
At the heart of the plan is a pledge to ensure the county’s tourism economy comes back stronger than ever, by working with partners and businesses and investing to promote all that is great about Northumberland. This recognised that the hospitality, accommodation providers, food and drink, and retail sectors were particularly hard hit by the pandemic, at a time when which would ordinarily be the run up to peak tourist season.
 
The phased recovery plan sets out how the council pledges to move ahead swiftly with its plans to invest in new infrastructure right across the county including roads, schools, council housing and other local amenities, all providing opportunities for local businesses, employment and apprenticeships.
 
Continued regeneration of the county remains a priority in recovery, and the Council plans to work with the Government to accelerate plans for re-opening the Northumberland Line, which includes investment in town centres starting with Blyth, Hexham, Bedlington and Ashington as well as working on plans to invest in the future of our rural towns.
 
A dedicated Covid Business Hub will become a permanent feature and continue to provide ongoing support and advice, after paying out over £90m in grants to local businesses over the last two months.
 
Action on climate change remains a priority for the Council and they will drive forward the delivery of their Climate Action Plan, including plans to plant 1 million new trees as part of the Great Northumberland Forest, and plans to establish a groundbreaking Forest Partnership to support our new green economy.  
 
The final theme to support recovery is ensuring that apprenticeships and training opportunities are available to all, to ensure that the County’s residents can access new jobs being created.
At the heart of the plan is a pledge to ensure the county’s tourism economy comes back stronger than ever, by working with partners and businesses and investing to promote all that is great about Northumberland. This recognised that the hospitality, accommodation providers, food and drink, and retail sectors were particularly hard hit by the pandemic, at a time when which would ordinarily be the run up to peak tourist season.

Watch the Leader's Pledge announcement

Watch the presentation given by the Council Leader below as he outlines his pledge for the road to recovery at Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet on 23 June 2020.

You can also watch this video in full screen mode on YouTube here
 

Continued regeneration of the county remains a priority in recovery, and the Council plans to work with the Government to accelerate plans for re-opening the Northumberland Line, which includes investment in town centres starting with Blyth, Hexham, Bedlington and Ashington as well as working on plans to invest in the future of our rural towns. A dedicated Covid Business Hub will become a permanent feature and continue to provide ongoing support and advice, after paying out over £90m in grants to local businesses over the last two months.

Watch the business recovery announcement

Watch the presentation given by cabinet member Cllr Richard Wearmouth below as he outlines his recovery plans for businesses at Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet on 23 June 2020.

You can also watch this video in full screen mode on YouTube here

There are real concerns that young people could potentially be impacted significantly as a result of disruption to education, exams, routes into higher and further education and jobs and apprenticeships.

Watch the education recovery announcement

Watch the presentation given by cabinet member Cllr Wayne Daley below as he outlines his recovery plans for education at Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet on 23 June 2020.

You can also watch this video in full screen mode on YouTube here

Action on climate change remains a priority for the Council and they will drive forward the delivery of their Climate Action Plan, including plans to plant 1 million new trees as part of the Great Northumberland Forest, and plans to establish a groundbreaking Forest Partnership to support our new green economy.

Watch the environmental recovery announcement

Watch the presentation given by cabinet member Cllr Glen Sanderson below as he outlines his recovery plans for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet on 23 June 2020.

You can also watch this video in full screen mode on YouTube here

We have been working incredibly hard to support businesses through this crisis, paying out millions of pounds in grants, and actively lobbying the Government to bring forward further measures to help the tourism sector.

Tourism in Northumberland had been increasing year on year before the virus hit, which makes recovery even more important. This is exactly why we have put significant investment into a new state-of-the-art digital offer for Visit Northumberland, alongside a fresh new brand.
 
Alongside the package of support we have secured through the North of Tyne Covid Capacity Fund specifically for the tourism businesses, this investment will help kick start the visitor economy and ensure Northumberland continues to be a destination of choice.

Watch the tourism recovery announcement

Watch the presentation given by cabinet member Cllr Cath Homer below as she outlines her recovery plans for tourism at Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet on 23 June 2020.

You can also watch this video in full screen mode on YouTube here

As we move carefully into recovery, our top priority must and will always be doing all we can to protect the health of all our residents.

Watch the adult social care recovery announcement

Watch the presentation given by cabinet member Cllr Veronica Jones below as she outlines her recovery plans for adult social care at Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet on 23 June 2020.

You can also watch this video in full screen mode on YouTube here

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