At a full meeting of the council on Monday, approval was given for the chief executive and leader of the council to issue the formal consent to the Secretary of State to withdraw from the existing North East Combined Authority and establish a new North of Tyne mayoral combined authority. Members voted 52 to two in favour of the plans with Coun Georgina Hill, the Independent ward member for Berwick East, and Jeff Reid, the leader of the Liberal Democrat group, being the only ones who voted against.

Coun Robbie Moore, one of the Conservative ward members for Alnwick, said: “Not only will the devolution deal bring benefits to our urban areas across the region, but rural areas like North Northumberland will not miss out. “The North of Tyne deal will include projects to develop the growth and productivity of our rural communities, which will be an invaluable boost to people living in those parts of Northumberland.”

But Coun Hill said: “It was disappointing to see both the main parties whipping this vote so heavily when it is the type of issue where parties should grant their members a free vote.  For me, as a democrat, I can not support the route we are going down without a clear mandate from residents through a referendum.”

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Northumberland residents and businesses have the opportunity to give their views on where future development should take place in the county.  Northumberland County Council is launching the first public consultation on a new Local Plan for the area that will allow residents to identify general locations for new housing and jobs, and to identify what key issues the plan should address.

This initial consultation is an interactive survey, which allows people to mark which areas they feel are the most appropriate places for housing and employment development.  The online survey can be viewed at or by picking up a paper copy from any library or council customer information centre in Northumberland. This initial consultation will run from Wednesday 28 March until Wednesday 2 May 2018.

Saturday 28th April 2018, 10am – 1pm

The Great Hall, Hexham Abbey


This event is to help people find out more about staying active, involved and well, about local activities, volunteering opportunities and support in the area.

Local organisations, groups and clubs have been invited to host a stand at this event, to support and share what can be offered.  It will also be an opportunity to raise awareness of Tyndale Dementia Action Alliance who are working together, to create and support Dementia Friendly Communities across Tynedale: to improve and transform the quality of life for those living with dementia and their loved ones.

Taking place in the adjoining Wilfred Room from 11am to 12 noon, a friendly and interactive Dementia Friends information session will take place to increase your understanding of dementia, to think about the small things you can do, and to make a difference to people affected by dementia in your community (limited places).  From 12.15 to 1pm there will be a film showing of ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’

Download the poster for the event: Stepping-into-Spring-Poster-201804-final-1.pdf

The latest quarterly bulletin produced by Northumberland County Council Digital Team, is now available. Know Northumberland Bulletin 26.

The bulletin provides a high level and up to date Northumberland-based statistical profile across a range of topics and this issue focuses on Population and Health, including data on: Mid-year population estimates, population projections, birth and death rates, smoking and alcohol, and the Active People survey.

Useful Vision provides positive opportunities and activities for vision impaired children aged 0-19 and their families in the North East. If you have a vision impaired child and would like to register with Useful Vision or are already registered with Useful Vision and would like to attend an activity, please contact the office on 0845 604 8491 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration for families with a vision impaired child is free and most activities are free to attend.

Find out about the upcoming activities: files/Useful-Vision-May--June-2018.pdf.