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  1. Acclaimed North East author Guy Mankowski will be visiting Cramlington Library as part of Northumberland Libraries and Hexham Book Festival’s ‘Silence in the Library’ project which is currently touring eight libraries in the county.
  2. Customers and staff at a Cramlington pub joined the council to brighten Christmas for many local youngsters.
  3. Improvements have been carried out at a Cramlington roundabout which has been the scene of several collisions.
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    Fighting Fly tipping in Cramlington

    The fight against fly tipping in the county is continuing, and this month the focus has been on a waste dumping hotspot in Cramlington.
  5. A scheme is set to get underway to improve traffic flows at a busy Cramlington town centre junction.
  6. 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.
  7. A project to transform “Dorran” style properties on an estate in Cramlington has picked up two awards at a regional awards ceremony.
  8. Jackie Townshend from Hillcrest School in Cramlington has received the accolade of the ‘Golden Rolling Pin’ award at the North East and Scotland LACA Awards for Excellence.
  9. Northumberland Trading Standards is warning residents and businesses of an overpayment and refund scam after receiving a complaint from a Cramlington businessman.
  10. Inspirational and inspired women, and men, from across Northumberland and the North East have been telling Northumberland County Council their stories, to mark International Women’s Day 2018. This year the day falls on March 8th and the council has been running an online campaign and holding a special event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women from the area. Short videos on Northumberland’s social media channels have shown women, girls and men talking about the people who have inspired them, and how they hope to inspire the next generation. The 2018 International Women’s Day campaign theme is #PressforProgress - promoting strong global activism for women’s equality and gender parity. It includes a call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. The council’s event, held at the Fuse Centre in Prudhoe today featured talks from a number of leading women including bestselling author LJ Ross; Northumbria Police inspector Pam Bridges; Penni Blythe from ‘Emily Inspires’; and Kiz Crosbie artistic director of Mortal Fools theatre company. Videos shown from the campaign included the words of BBC North East newsreader Carol Malia; former 400 metre commonwealth silver medallist Allison Curbishley; and double world rowing championships medallist Sam Courty. The audience included civic guests, children from schools in Northumberland, local community representatives and senior council officials. Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts and leisure at Northumberland County Council welcomed guests to the event. She said: “This annual initiative has provided us with the ideal opportunity to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women past and present from across the globe and indeed, closer to home in our own communities. “Strong women have taken a stand throughout history and this is our chance to celebrate them. We have heard from fantastic guest speakers and seen just a few of the many videos which are being shared on social media this week. “These videos feature women in prominent roles or positions across Northumberland and the wider area. They tell us their story and talk about who has inspired them in their life journey. “I truly believe that by working together, we can all help women achieve their limitless potential.” Those at the event also heard from Year 13 students at Prudhoe Community High School who talked about Clara Schumann - one of the most important female composers in the Romantic Period. They also heard about Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison who stepped in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby and suffered fatal injuries. She was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard in Morpeth and this year a lasting memorial to Emily will be erected in Carlisle Park in Morpeth to mark the 100th anniversary since the first women were granted the right to vote. Videos shown on social media channels during the week are of: Heidi Mottram, CEO of Northumbrian Water Carol Malia, BBC Look North newsreader Bryony Gibson, Vice Lord Lieutenant for Northumberland Jacqui Miller-Charlton, main board member for Miller International, Cramlington Gill Rice, managing director of Tyne Valley Plastics, Prudhoe and winner of North East STEM Businesswoman of the Year Sam Courty, Team GB rowing team Laura Weightman, 1500m medalist Sarah Hall, President of CIPR UK 2018 Allison Curbishley, director of Extra Mile Media & Events and former 400m Commonwealth silver medallist Inspector Pam Bridges, neighbourhood officer at Northumbria Police Cllr Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council Cllr John Riddle, cabinet member for planning, housing and resilience Cllr Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services Helen Denton, Scouting Leader Adeline Keogh, Eileen Cartie & Rubina Kashif from the BME women’s group at the Buffalo Centre in Blyth Joan Russell, volunteer with Prudhoe Community Partnership, who runs a community allotment for people with disabilities Róisín Lally, cyclist with Derwentside Cycle Club Lisa Ward, Avril Pearson, Yolanda Minto and Diane Clark, foster carers with Northumberland County Council Janet Kelly, chief matron for community with Northumbria Healthcare Trust Kate Carney, consultant colorectal surgeon at Northumbria Healthcare Trust Kate Dixon, parks development officer at Berwick-upon-tweed Victoria Redhead, firefighter with Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service PC Sharon Walton, Northumbria Police officer at Prudhoe You can watch videos from the campaign here.
  11. Over the past week there have been some truly herculean and heroic efforts by emergency services, Northumberland County Council’s workforce and members of the community as they battled together around the clock to keep people safe and the county moving wherever possible. The snow storm known as ‘The Beast from the East’ lived up to its namesake. Heavy drifting snow and high winds created the worst winter conditions the county has seen in over thirty years - with Northumberland even making the national news headlines. Local farmers and contractors joined council snow plough and gritting teams working 24/7 against strong winds and severe drifting snow to try and keeps roads and communities open. Council staff also worked hard using ride on grass cutters with snow plough and grit box attachments as well as shovels to clear main footpaths, car parks and other key routes in and around our towns to make sure people could safely access important services during the bad weather. Over 60 staff came in to work voluntarily over the weekend to help out. While the snow is starting to melt and daily life is returning in much of the county, these same crews are still out battling to clear and widen rural areas of the county. Today ploughs are working to clear roads around Cartington and Lorbottle at the back of Thropton - which have experienced snow drifts of up to 11 feet in some areas - and the roads around Ninebanks and Slaggyford in Allenheads. Officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service played a key role in supporting the community nursing teams helping them to reach vulnerable patients in rural communities with their 4 x 4 vehicles. They also helped staff to get to Northumberland Specialist Emergency Care hospital in Cramlington and delivered medication on behalf of NHS partners. The fire service also worked hand in hand with the council’s local service teams in order to transport children’s groups across the county who were stranded. This included a group of school children from Teeside who were visiting Burnlaw Centre outside of Whitfield. Local services teams cleared an access route and the fire crews using 4 x 4s transported the children to Hexham so they could travel home safely. During snowmageddon week the Northumberland County Council registrars were booked to carry out a number of wedding ceremonies in Alnwick, Eshott, Otterburn and Langley Castle. Not to be deterred they called on the help of friends with 4 wheel drive vehicles and together battled through the elements to ensure the weddings went ahead as planned. One wedding at Otterburn was postponed until the next day when Police closed the road to the venue. However, a snow plough was drafted in the following day so that guests and the registrars were able to reach the venue and the wedding ceremony went ahead a day late. Meanwhile, Northumberland Mountain Rescue Service and the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Service worked solidly for four days providing support for Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service, attending over 40 incidents. The rescue team was called out to the Northumberland stretch of the A68 Carter Bar road and rescued seventeen people stranded in cars. With the help of the council’s snow ploughs and a local farmer they were escorted to safety in Burness. Social media created a great platform for owners of 4 wheel drive vehicles to offer help to residents in need of supplies or medication, and kind hearted residents around the county have been checking up on elderly or vulnerable neighbours. Active Northumberland leisure centres in Alnwick and Berwick were opened as rest centres for over 300 motorists who were stranded when the A1 was closed on Thursday evening. Staff volunteered to work through the night to ensure the weary travellers were warm, safe and well cared for. Northumberland County Council’s emergency plans were put in place and the Incident Support Room at West Hartford was used to coordinate the council's response to the conditions and to liaise with our partners including Northumbria Police, Northumbria NHS Trust and North East Ambulance Service. Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “ Northumberland is such a vast county with an enormous road network and hundreds of small and isolated rural communities. There is no doubt about it - the severity of the snow storm has created an enormous challenge and responsibility for everyone involved. “ It has been a real team effort to ensure that motorists were kept safe, vulnerable residents were cared for and services delivered and it really has brought out the very best of Northumberland community spirit. “ There have been many examples in all parts of the county where staff and residents have put in extraordinary efforts to help out those in need of assistance. Everyone has played a vital and important role and I thank each and every one of you for your efforts. I do however want to pay a special tribute to those who have been working in sub zero temperatures to clear the snow from our roads, in particular the farmers and sub-contractors who have been supporting our council teams. They have played an invaluable role in keeping the county moving and have been putting in some mammoth work shifts for many days now. They are still out working hard today, and will be until the roads are clear. ”
  12. Over the past week there have been some truly herculean and heroic efforts by emergency services, Northumberland County Council’s workforce and members of the community as they battled together around the clock to keep people safe and the county moving wherever possible. The snow storm known as ‘The Beast from the East’ lived up to its namesake. Heavy drifting snow and high winds created the worst winter conditions the county has seen in over thirty years - with Northumberland even making the national news headlines. Local farmers and contractors joined council snow plough and gritting teams working 24/7 against strong winds and severe drifting snow to try and keeps roads and communities open. Council staff also worked hard using ride on grass cutters with snow plough and grit box attachments as well as shovels to clear main footpaths, car parks and other key routes in and around our towns to make sure people could safely access important services during the bad weather. Over 60 staff came in to work voluntarily over the weekend to help out. While the snow is starting to melt and daily life is returning in much of the county, these same crews are still out battling to clear and widen rural areas of the county. Today ploughs are working to clear roads around Cartington and Lorbottle at the back of Thropton - which have experienced snow drifts of up to 11 feet in some areas - and the roads around Ninebanks and Slaggyford in Allenheads. Officers from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service played a key role in supporting the community nursing teams helping them to reach vulnerable patients in rural communities with their 4 x 4 vehicles. They also helped staff to get to Northumberland Specialist Emergency Care hospital in Cramlington and delivered medication on behalf of NHS partners. The fire service also worked hand in hand with the council’s local service teams in order to transport children’s groups across the county who were stranded. This included a group of school children from Teeside who were visiting Burnlaw Centre outside of Whitfield. Local services teams cleared an access route and the fire crews using 4 x 4s transported the children to Hexham so they could travel home safely. During snowmageddon week the Northumberland County Council registrars were booked to carry out a number of wedding ceremonies in Alnwick, Eshott, Otterburn and Langley Castle. Not to be deterred they called on the help of friends with 4 wheel drive vehicles and together battled through the elements to ensure the weddings went ahead as planned. One wedding at Otterburn was postponed until the next day when Police closed the road to the venue. However, a snow plough was drafted in the following day so that guests and the registrars were able to reach the venue and the wedding ceremony went ahead a day late. Meanwhile, Northumberland Mountain Rescue Service and the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Service worked solidly for four days providing support for Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service, attending over 40 incidents. The rescue team was called out to the Northumberland stretch of the A68 Carter Bar road and rescued eight individuals stranded in cars overnight. With the help of the council’s snow ploughs and a local farmer they were escorted to safety in Burness. Social media created a great platform for owners of 4 wheel drive vehicles to offer help to residents in need of supplies or medication, and kind hearted residents around the county have been checking up on elderly or vulnerable neighbours. Active Northumberland leisure centres in Alnwick and Berwick were opened as rest centres for over 300 motorists who were stranded when the A1 was closed on Thursday evening. Staff volunteered to work through the night to ensure the weary travellers were warm, safe and well cared for. Northumberland County Council’s emergency plans were put in place and the Incident Support Room at West Hartford was used to coordinate the council's response to the conditions and to liaise with our partners including Northumbria Police, Northumbria NHS Trust and North East Ambulance Service. Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “ Northumberland is such a vast county with an enormous road network and hundreds of small and isolated rural communities. There is no doubt about it - the severity of the snow storm has created an enormous challenge and responsibility for everyone involved. “ It has been a real team effort to ensure that motorists were kept safe, vulnerable residents were cared for and services delivered and it really has brought out the very best of Northumberland community spirit. “ There have been many examples in all parts of the county where staff and residents have put in extraordinary efforts to help out those in need of assistance. Everyone has played a vital and important role and I thank each and every one of you for your efforts. I do however want to pay a special tribute to those who have been working in sub zero temperatures to clear the snow from our roads, in particular the farmers and sub-contractors who have been supporting our council teams. They have played an invaluable role in keeping the county moving and have been putting in some mammoth work shifts for many days now. They are still out working hard today, and will be until the roads are clear. ”
  13. Updated at 11:50am on Tuesday 6 March 2018 Scheduled bin collections continue today - as teams aim to carry out normal collections wherever it is safe and possible to do so. Please put your bin out as normal, unless your situation is described specifically below. Many normal collections were made yesterday - although there were some areas, including rural locations, where this is not possible. Some collections were also missed due to unfortunate vehicle breakdown. If your bin is not collected on the normal day this week please leave it out, in a safe place, and, weather permitting, we will attempt to collect it by the end of this week. These will be kept under review and further guidance provided at the end of the week. We will be prioritising general rubbish bins before recycling bins - due to the nature of the waste they contain. Regarding bins missed last week: If your general waste bin was missed last Wednesday, 28th February, please put it out for collection this Wednesday, 7th March, and again on Wednesday 14th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day of Wednesday 21st March If your general waste bin was missed on Thursday 1st March please put this bin out next Thursday 8th March and again on Thursday 15th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day on Thursday 22nd March. On general waste, we will accept up to two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside regular general waste bins. All missed recycling bins, including those which will not be collected this Wednesday and Thursday, should be put out on their next collection day. Any additional recycling items can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags. We are supplying clear recycling bags at our customer information centres and other venues at: Alnwick Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB (Closes at 4:30pm) View map location Ashington Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL View map location Bedlington Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX View map location Berwick Walkergate Building, Walkergate TD15 1DJ View map location Blyth Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 1DJ View new location Cramlington Concordia, Cramlington, NE23 6YB View map location Hexham Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS View map location Morpeth Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AF View map location Seaton Delaval Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, NE25 0BW View map location Ponteland Town council office, Unit 1, Meadowfield Court, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 9SD View map location Prudhoe Library, Spetchells Centre, 58 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA View map location Customers who are expecting their first garden waste collection of the season this week should put their their bins out for collection on the scheduled day. Like general waste and recycling bins, we aim to undertake garden waste collections in all planned areas, where it is safe to do so. The council apologises for any inconvenience that these arrangements may cause. Many thanks for your patience during this time. Keep up to date through the council’s ‘Alerts’ channels which are available via the website www.northumberland.gov.uk; Twitter: @northumberlands; and Facebook: www.facebook.com/nccalerts
  14. Updated at 12:45pm on Monday 5 March 2018 This week teams are aiming to carry out scheduled bin collections as normal - where it is possible and safe to to do. Please put your bin out as normal, unless your situation is described specifically below. If your bin is not collected on the normal day this week please leave it out, in a safe place, and, weather permitting, we will attempt to collect it by the end of this week. There will be some areas, including rural locations, where this is not possible. These will be kept under review and further guidance provided at the end of the week. We will be prioritising general rubbish bins before recycling bins - due to the nature of the waste they contain. Regarding bins missed last week: If your general waste bin was missed last Wednesday, 28th February, please put it out for collection this Wednesday, 7th March, and again on Wednesday 14th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day of Wednesday 21st March. If your general waste bin was missed on Thursday 1st March please put this bin out next Thursday 8th March and again on Thursday 15th March. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and should be put it out for collection on its next scheduled collection day on Thursday 22nd March. On general waste, we will accept up to two additional black bin bags (or something of a similar size) alongside regular general waste bins. All missed recycling bins, including those which will not be collected this Wednesday and Thursday, should be put out on their next collection day. Any additional recycling items can be put in cardboard boxes, paper bags, or clear plastic bags. We will be supplying clear recycling bags at our customer information centres at: Alnwick Greenwell Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1HB (Closes at 4:30pm) View map location Ashington Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL View map location Bedlington Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, NE22 6JX View map location Berwick Walkergate Building, Walkergate TD15 1DJ View map location Blyth Blyth Library, Bridge Street, Blyth, NE24 1DJ View new location Cramlington Concordia, Cramlington, NE23 6YB View map location Hexham Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS View map location Morpeth Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1AF View map location Seaton Delaval Prudhoe Library, Astley High School, Elsdon Avenue, NE25 0BW Library, Spetchells Centre, 58 Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5AA View map location View map location Customer information centres are receiving supplies of bags today (Monday 5th March), however please allow until Tuesday 6th March so that supplies have been distributed. Customers who are expecting their first garden waste collection of the season this week should put their their bins out for collection on the scheduled day. Like general waste and recycling bins, we aim to undertake garden waste collections in all planned areas, where it is safe to do so. The council apologises for any inconvenience that these arrangements may cause. Many thanks for your patience during this time. Keep up to date through the council’s ‘Alerts’ channels which are available via the website www.northumberland.gov.uk; Twitter: @northumberlands; and Facebook: www.facebook.com/nccalerts
  15. A Cramlington woman who failed to seek medical attention for her dog has been prosecuted for neglect and banned for keeping animals for ten years. On Monday 15th January, South Northumberland magistrates sentenced the lady to 120 hours of unpaid community service work, fined her £626 and disqualified her from keeping animals for a period of 10 years. The case was brought to court by Northumberland County Council. When one of the authority’s animal welfare officers came across the female dog, its skin was red raw and it had little fur left on it. She had a large tumour, 20 cms in length, hanging out her rear end which was tied up with string. Her nails were also severely overgrown making it hard for her to walk. The owner admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her Labrador Cross dog under s9(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The animal welfare officer that rescued Lilly said: “ When I first saw the dog I was appalled at the condition she was in and she had obviously been in great discomfort for quite some time. “ We seized the dog and took her to St-Clair Veterinary Care in Blyth where she was given antibiotics and steroids and where she returned at a later date for surgery on her tumour. The vets also prepared a report that was presented in court. “ We renamed the dog Lilly and placed her in foster care where she received proper care and treatment for her conditions. She has now made a full recovery and has been rehomed with a gentleman in North Northumberland where she is loving life again.” Northumberland County Councillor Glen Sanderson cabinet member for Environment & Local Services said: “ We hope that this sentence serves as a warning to others. If you make a commitment to own a pet, then you must be able to care for it responsibly. “ The dog had a series of health ailments which were causing her great distress, but which could have easily been avoided if the owner had sought veterinary treatment. I am pleased to report the dog has now been rehomed and is thriving. ” Lilly now features in a charity calendar featuring dogs rescued in Northumberland with all the proceeds going directly to four local animal charities: S.H.A.K, Alexa’s Animals, B.A.R.K and The Dog’s Trust. The calendars are available for a minimum donation of £3.99 from council information
  16. Community groups in South East Northumberland are being encouraged to bid for support in a successful county-wide funding scheme. Community Chest, run by Northumberland County Council, awards grants of up to £5,000 to support community groups and organisations county-wide. The funding can help with costs by issuing 75% of the total amount required, towards equipment for community group activities and sports, venue refurbishments, transport facilities and much more. More than 1,500 projects have benefitted from £2.8 million in grants since 2009, which has contributed or helped towards £20 million worth of projects within Northumberland. The Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project recently received a grant of £5,000 to support the costs of computers, music equipment and a new archery facility for the young members. The project offers a range of opportunities than can further the social and personal development of young people. Executive Manager, Robert Hall MBE, said: “As a result of the Community Chest Scheme, the young people now have the opportunity to take part in multiple activities that they wouldn’t normally get to do, such as archery, music and the opportunity to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze Silver and Gold level. “Young carers and young people with disabilities are some of the groups accessing the project every week. The new activities can give them a chance to meet other young people in similar situations, build up their skills independence and confidence. As well as achieving and having fun.” A ‘Help for You’ fund is also available, which offers grants of up to £200 for young people aged under 18 to support them in pursuing an ambition. A maximum of £2,000 is available for each local area. Any young person considering applying should demonstrate leadership, sporting excellence or another endeavour, which will inspire other young people or project a positive role model for others to follow. Cllr Nick Oliver, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The Community Chest Fund is a fantastic opportunity for local community groups and organisations to enhance their services which will ultimately benefit the local community. “The Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project is a great example of how the funding can make a difference to local people.” “The scheme contributes to achieving our ambition for Northumberland, which is to support voluntary and community groups and organisations to deliver activities to maintain and create sustainable communities.” The closing date for Community Chest Scheme applications in South East Northumberland is 12th January 2018. For more information visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/Campaigns/Community-Chest-Scheme.aspx or email: communitychest@northumberland.gov.uk
  17. A primary school in Cramlington has won a place in a national competition that aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by challenging the youngsters to design a car of the future. Northburn Primary School is one of just eight schools across the UK that has qualified to build and race their own electric kit vehicles after impressing the judges with their innovative entry in the Green Car Challenge. Their winning entry to design a car of the future used solar power as the main source of energy and a magnetic propulsion system. The pupils will soon receive a green electric kit car that they will build and then race in a competition for 9 - 11 year olds which is being organised and sponsored by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). Starting from next term pupils will be working with Newcastle University, which has a focus on technology and the automotive industry, to build the car and test how well it works. A young driver will then be selected and trained to race it in the IET Formula Goblin regional race in the summer. Jill Nicholson is a STEM teacher at Northburn Primary School. She said: “ It was our younger year 5 pupils who took part in and won the competition as our year 6 pupils were away on a field trip at the time. To be one of only eight schools selected nationwide to win a green car to build and race is an incredible achievement. The children have had a fantastic time working on the project and are proud and delighted - as we all are - that their imaginative work has been recognised. ” “ We are looking forward to working with Newcastle University on the next part of the exciting challenge. Who knows, from this, pupils from Northburn Primary could be inspired to enter the exciting world of engineering and be the future faces of the UK automotive industry.” Northumberland County Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services said: “ The challenge aims to help engage all young students, both male and female, in engineering and technology and promote it as a subject and as a career choice to help reduce the current labour shortage in the UK. “ However, the pupils will gain so much more than that by taking part – as well as developing their team-building skills, the project involves everything from project management and learning about the environment - not to mention lots of fun.”
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    Football club nets funding boost

    Cramlington Town Football Club has scored a funding boost from the County Council towards improving its pitches. The council’s Cabinet approved a retrospective capital grant award of £15,000 from the s106 Cramlington Development fund, which was carried forward from Blyth Valley Borough Council at the time of Local Government Review. It was built up from developers contributions from new housing built in Cramlington over a 20-30 year period and included developer contributions towards the provision or improvement of sport and play facilities in the local area. The funding was used - alongside significant Sport England and Football Foundation support secured directly by the club - for extensive ground levelling and new drainage at East Hartford, creating five pitches. The increase and improvement will benefit over 400 members at the club and has meant the site can be opened to the wider community. Earlier this year the club received a further £35,000 from the s106 fund to refurbish and weatherproof its facilities and resurface the carpark. Councillor Barry Flux, Ward Councillor and Deputy Business Chair, said: “It’s great to be able to support the development of local sports facilities which are extremely well used by the community. “Work is ongoing at the club on a number of improvements which hopefully will inspire future generations of football enthusiasts.” Stephen Sams, Chair of Cramlington Town FC, said: “The club is delighted to receive the funding from the council and would like to thank them for their support. “It will allow us to establish our own base in the town, expand team development , increasing opportunities for children and young people to participate in football and encourage and promote the facilities within the local community.”
  19. Northumberland County Council, alongside Cramlington Town Council and Arch have provided access to 4 car parks to be used as additional public parking ahead of the Cramlington Christmas Lights switch on and busy festive shopping period. With high numbers of visitors expected to attend the Cramlington Christmas lights switch on, four additional car parks have been made available for visitors to use on 25th November, these include; the former police station, rear of the NHS building, Northumbria House and rear of Newlyn Drive. To help ease parking pressures with additional shoppers taking to Manor Walks ahead of Christmas, the former police station will continue to provide overflow parking throughout the festive period, open to visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 25th November and continuing throughout December. The overflow car parks will be attended by stewards on the opening day of November 25th, helping to direct drivers to the various car parks and assisting visitors to the shopping centre and Christmas light switch on. Councillor Richard Wearmouth, Chair of Arch and Cabinet Member for Economic Development said : “The opening of the additional overflow car parks provides a great solution for visitors and shoppers to the Manor Walks Shopping Centre, helping to provide much needed additional parking within Cramlington ahead of the Christmas lights switch on and throughout December.” Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Additional parking is required near Manor Walks ahead of the festive period to accommodate the increase in shoppers and visitors to the the centre. Across the county we are working to review parking to help ease congestion in our towns and the opening of these additional car parks in Cramlington will work towards helping to alleviate parking pressures.”
  20. A project just completed in Cramlington is set to improve parking issues and alleviate traffic congestion at peak times near Shanklea Primary School. Parking spaces and a drop-off area have been established at the Masonic Hall near Cramlington Village, at Middle Farm Court. The school will be advising parents about the new arrangements, which will mean that they will be able to drop off and collect their children from there at the start and end of each school day. The scheme has been supported by local county councillors Christine Dunbar and Barry Flux - who have both allocated funding for the work through their members local improvement schemes budgets. A formal letting arrangement has been established with the Masonic Lodge to make a parking area available from Monday to Friday each week during term time for use as a drop off area for students, and also for some staff parking. Cllr Christine Dunbar, county councillor for the Cramlington Eastfield ward said: “I am delighted that a solution has been implemented which not only provides a safe dropping off point for pupils but also alleviates traffic problems in nearby Parkside Glade for residents." Cllr Barry Flux, county councillor for the Cramlington West ward said: “I am delighted to work in tandem with Cllr Dunbar to bring some new possible solutions to these issues which I have worked on with residents in Parkside Chase and Parkside Dale for a number of years.” The parking facility is around 250 metres from the school and can be accessed via a network of footways and cycle paths, so the arrangements also serve to a encourage healthy approach to travelling to school. Helen Brown, head teacher at Shanklea Primary School said: “In partnership with the community, voluntary and other groups, everyone has gone the extra mile to promote sustainable transport for the journey to school. “The stakeholders have been inspired to take ownership of their transport issues, whilst encouraging a reduction in car use and increasing the number of children walking, cycling, scooting and taking public transport to school. “This scheme should help our pupils and parents make positive behaviour changes around travel and alleviate problems surrounding the school run. “Shanklea students are empowered to become ‘Junior Travel Ambassadors’ and have pro-actively used their expertise and student voice to initiate community change. “In response to this project as well as other initiatives we have been involved in, Shanklea school has won regional and national awards by showing an innovative approach to promoting active travel. We are currently Modeshift Gold winners. We are delighted by this achievement which also enhances the county’s environment and heritage.” Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council added: “This is a great example of local members supporting a scheme that will help to alleviate congestion outside a school. We work with schools throughout the county in an attempt to make journeys to and from school safer and healthier - and again, this is an example of a creative solution to local issues.” This scheme follows other work to improve car parking facilities at Shanklea which were completed over the summer break. These included new surfacing and marked bays to improve parking facilities for parents and school visitors.
  21. Work has started on a multi-million pound project to upgrade homes on a Cramlington estate. Northumberland County Council is investing £2.2m into transforming more than 80 homes at Allerhope. The properties are all “Dorran” style homes, which were a popular post-war style of construction, using concrete panels. Dorran properties often have issues with insulation and the work will help to improve the energy efficiency of the homes. The council has teamed up with with external wall specialists, Alumasc Facades and Westdale services to complete the work. Steel structures will be added to the concrete panels to strengthen the external walls to ensure they can withstand the weight of new insulation and render. A mix of off-white and brick effect render will then be used on the external wall to modernise the properties, as well as new windows fitted. The first phase of the work started this week, with the project estimated to take two years. Earlier this year the council picked up a number of national awards for a pilot scheme for the project. At the Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards, the council received a highly commended in the Landlord of the Year category and commended in the Small Project of the Year (Under £250k) award. Coun John Riddle, Cabinet member for housing at the council, said: “This is a really innovative project, using specialist technology to upgrade and improve the homes on this estate. “The work will not only improve the energy efficiency of the property, and help to reduce the risk of fuel poverty for tenants, but will also improve the general appearance of the area. “Our tenant, whose home was part of the pilot scheme, is extremely happy with the work and has already noticed the benefits with the property feeling warmer and better insulated.”
  22. With consultation already open on online, Northumberland County Council is set to launch the first of its consultation events on 1 November to look at the 2017-2020 SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disability) Strategy. The consultation, which is open until 8 December, will also look at the proposed ideas on how to increase school place capacity to meet the demand for children with SEND in specialist and mainstream education. Approximately 3% of the school age population in Northumberland will have complex Special Educational Needs (SEN), this accounts for approximately 1400 school age children. Andy Johnson, Interim Director of Children’s Services at Northumberland County Council said: “We are currently seeking views from a wide range of key stakeholders on this strategy and hope that people will share their thoughts and ideas to help shape the final version of the document.” Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children's services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are committed to giving all children the best possible start in life and to support them to reach their full potential. “The feedback we get from this consultation will help us to ensure that services and support we provide for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are of the highest quality and have the maximum impact.” Consultation drop-in events have been organised throughout November across the county: 1.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., Wednesday 1 November, Berwick Leisure Centre, Berwick upon Tweed ​ 1.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., Thursday 16 November, Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington​ 1.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., Wednesday 22 November, Ponteland Leisure Centre, Ponteland 1.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., Wednesday 29 November, Hexham Leisure Centre, Hexham Anyone with special requirements wishing to attend one of the events can call in advance on 01670 622742 or email Susan.Caisley@northumberland.gov.uk. Alternatively the consultation questionnaire can be completed online by visiting www.northumberland.gov.uk/sendconsultation
  23. Northumberland County Council has secured funding to further expand childcare provision for three and four year olds, increasing the overall number of places available for 30 hours of free childcare per week from September 2017. The national roll out to offer an additional 15 hours of free childcare to three and four year olds from all eligible families begins this month and supports the government’s commitment to give working parents of three and four years olds 30 hours of free childcare a week. Northumberland County Council has already successfully piloted the scheme from September 16 in rural areas, with over 600 families benefitting. The council has secured £2m extra funding allowing it to increase the amount of free places across four early year providers within the county. The additional funding will allow for a total growth in places which will see nearly 9,000 hours of additional free childcare available for families. The areas set to benefit from the investment include; Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, and Seahouses. Bedlington Central Councillor Russ Wallace, who sits on the Cramlington, Bedlington and Seaton Valley Local Area Council, said: “I am delighted that Northumberland County Council has secured this additional funding to provide extra places for free childcare. “Not only will this help families throughout the county, but it means that there will be additional places in the West Bedlington Early Years Partnership and this will directly impact families within our local area and will form part of helping parents of young children return to or continue working.” Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council said: “The offer of additional hours of free childcare is very important to families with young children and I am delighted that Northumberland County Council has secured funding to increase the number of places of free childcare we can offer throughout the county. “This funding is very important in allowing the council to support even more working families with young children with their childcare costs.”
  24. Northumberland residents are being asked to vote for their favourite Green Flag park - putting it in the running to be the nation’s favourite in the People’s Choice Awards. In July we found out that nine Northumberland parks had gained Green Flag Awards this year - marking them out as some of the UK’s very best parks and green spaces. Now members of the public can vote for the Northumberland Green Flag park that they think should be the whole nation’s favourite. Green Flag parks in Northumberland are: Ridley Park in Blyth; Doctor Pit Park in Bedlington; Alexandra Park in Cramlington, Hexham Parks; Carlisle Park in Morpeth; Castle Vale and Coronation Parks in Berwick; Plessey Woods Country Park near Bedlington; and Bolam Lake Country Park near Belsay. Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said: “We have some exceedingly beautiful and very special parks in Northumberland - all with their own unique set of attractions. “In each you will find a range of opportunities to suit all ages and interests - from sports and play facilities - to areas where those who seek it can enjoy peace and tranquility. “I urge everyone to get behind their favourite park in Northumberland - giving it a chance to become one of the nation’s favourites.” To vote for your favourite Green Flag park go to www.greenflagaward.org Simply find your park on the map and click the vote button. Once you’ve voted, why not encourage others to get involved too. Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award manager said: “Following the huge success of #LoveParks Week, the People’s Choice Award is another chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. Make your voice heard and vote now.” Voting is open now and closes on 30 September, with the top 10 winning sites due to be announced on 11 October. Last year saw tens of thousands of people voting for their favourite park, with winners coming from all across the UK, from London to Lanarkshire.
  25. Green fingered Northumbrians have done the county proud yet again as they collected a string of awards after impressing judges in this year’s Northumbria in Bloom awards. Dozens of towns, villages and businesses showed off their floral displays, summer planting and well tended parks and gardens in the competition which has seen communities and council staff pull together to show off local neighbourhoods at their best. The county did exceptionally well in the Towns category with Morpeth winning overall Gold for the bright displays that have produced a blaze of colour right across the town. Alnwick won Gold, Bedlington won Silver and Berwick and Hexham were awarded Silver Gilt. In the Large Towns category, Blyth won Silver and Cramlington won Silver Gilt. In the Small Towns category Ponteland and Seaton Sluice won gold with Seaton Delaval achieving bronze. Seaton Delaval won the Most Improved entry for enthusiastically taking on a number of neglected areas for transformation and for the hard work and vision of the community. The county’s villages also scooped a number of fantastic awards against tough competition. Ord near Berwick won the Large Villages category. Judges found the village to be pristine throughout with residents taking a great pride in keeping their neighbourhood spotless as well as caring for the many tubs and planters. There were celebrations elsewhere as Holywell and New Hartley won Silver and Seghill won Bronze in the Large Villages category. East Hartford won Silver in the Small Villages category and Lesbury won Silver Gilt in the Villages category. The popular Ridley Park in Blyth was winner of the Best Park award for its beautifully landscaped public space. Young growers in the county also got involved and Tweedmouth West First School in Berwick scooped the Growing Together for Schools award. Other Gold winners included Alnmouth Railway Station ( best bus/metro/rail station) The parish hall garden, Corbridge ( best Grounds of a hospital, university or public building) Ord Country Park ( best commercial premises) Berwick Bowling Club ( best sports ground) Woodbine Terrace, Corbridge ( best residential community). A number of very worthy awards were made for outstanding voluntary contributions. Neville Rutherford of Corbridge for his inspiring leadership of Corbridge in Bloom; Kenneth Thompson from Morpeth for his commitment to the ‘In Bloom’ entry and George Anderson for his contribution to the betterment of Ord Village Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for environment and local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “It is wonderful that the hard work and efforts of a few have made the towns and villages where we live such attractive places. We really do appreciate their work and congratulate everyone involved. ”
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