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County Councillor Report (May 2019)

County Councillor Report

May 2019

by Wendy Pattison – Tel. 07779 983072

And now on Facebook: Cllr Wendy Pattison

County Councillor Wendy Pattison Northumberland



On Friday 5th April I met with Acting Chairman of Hedgeley Parish Council, Cllr May Wilson, Cllr Noreen Birnie and NCC Traffic Manager, Mr Richard McKenzie. We met to discuss traffic/road safety in the village and the points raised were as follows.

  • Refresh red strips on the road (both ends of the village).
  • Interactive sign at Station Cottages.
  • Potential new interactive sign to replace the one at the south end.
  • New village entry signs either Powburn or Hedgeley on ‘gates’.
  • Move existing entry signs at south ends onto new ‘gates’.
  • Potential additional ‘gates’ for the Powbrun signs near the village hall.
  • Entry signs on ‘gates’ on Glanton road.
  • See if we can relocate the Give Way sign at the Beanley road junction.
  • Look at existing PV2 crossing surveys.
  • Investigate the pro’s and cons of a traffic control system on the bridge.
  • Investigate cost of street lighting in Hedgeley.
  • 30mph road markings at repeater signs.

Beanley Village

I have requested all pavements are cleaned throughout the village by NCC Neighbourhood Services.

Cllr. W. Pattison Members Schemes 2018 to 2019/ Longhoughton Ward Report Date 01/03/2019

HO186396 – Contribution towards reconstruction of the car park at Breamish Village Hall, Powburn £2,000.00 – completed. Contribution to the Breamish Hall, Powburn made on 24 July 2018.

HO186397 – Contribution towards the Breamish Valley War Memorial Project £2,870.00 – completed. Contribution to Breamish Valley War Memorial Project made on 7 June 2018.

HO186405 – Contribution towards new electrical wiring, new wireless disabled access door push pad and purchase of new fridge/freezer and extraction system at Longhoughton Community and Sports Centre £2,131.00 – Contribution to Longhoughton Community and Sports Centre Trust made on 19 June 2018.

HO186428 – Contribution towards kitchen refurbishment at Embleton Parish Room £2,210.00 – completed. Contribution to Embleton Parish Room made on 8 August 2018.

HO186446 Traffic calming (Speed reduction measures) B6347/B1340 Christon Bank – Phase 1 £2,000.00 – Design brief to be issued.

HO186485 – Contribution towards footpath resurfacing, B6347 Christon Bank Main Road £3,789.00 Waiting for permission from Network Rail to action the work.

Match funding provided from North Area Highways for further pavement resurfacing in Boulmer (now Completed)

Total = £15.000

Recycling in Northumberland

Where can I recycle? Tours of West Sleekburn

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your recycling, you can find out by visiting NCC West Sleekburn recycling plant, near Ashington.

It’s free and you will be able to see the entire process from the beginning through to when it is ready for dispatch to re-processing plants.

The organised tours are for small groups and must be booked in advance. The tours take roughly two hours and run during working hours from Monday to Friday. The tour is specifically for people over the age of 14 and it is inadvisable for those with pacemakers to attend, due to the use of powerful magnets within the plant and other hazards.

If you’re interested in coming on a tour, please forward your contact details and we can contact you to arrange a convenient time.

Call 0345 600 6400, or one of our local phone numbers to arrange.

If your own recycling bin has been contaminated, you will find a tag on the bin or a letter through your door reminding you of the recycling guidelines. Please read the advice given, remove the offending items and put it out again on your next scheduled recycling collection day in two weeks’ time.

Some points to consider:

  • certain materials will cause problems at the sorting plant – materials such as food waste, nappies or glass will contaminate the bin beyond sorting and so the bin will not be emptied
  • continually and deliberately contaminating your bin – the council will either remove your bin or refuse to empty it. In order to have your bin returned you will need to agree not to cause further contamination and pay the standard charge for the re-provision of the recycling bin if applicable.

Section 106 Agreements

S106 is not an easy subject and can be misunderstood.

The simplest way to try to understand is that is a legal agreement that forms part of the planning decision, and the obligations within the agreement are the requirements to make that development acceptable in order for the Local Planning Authority to grant consent. They are things that can’t be handled by a planning condition. The Information on the website is the Councils current Protocol dated July 2015 (although it refers to the Core strategy), it is still the protocol in use.

If you bear in mind that if a planning application is acceptable in its own right and meets all planning policy requirements, then a S106 is not required. Due to planning policy, most housing schemes over 10 houses will require a provision for affordable housing, 15%-20% of the overall total must be affordable and these are usually secured by a S106.

The Pre-Application Protocol encourages Parish and Town Councils to be involved in the early stages of applications (major). Town and Parish Councils can play an important role in identifying potential S106 requirements at a local level.

This “requirement or need” must be quantified and evidence based and relevant to the Development Plan Policies, officers will provide help and assistance on this.

In all cases the scale of a necessary obligation or financial payment must be directly related to the proposed development. It is Important to express interest early in the process to be part of the negotiations.

The following are examples of what may be sought through a S106:       

  • Affordable Housing
  • Open space and Recreational facilities
  • Highway Improvements or transport and travel schemes
  • Improving Community facilities
  • Local environmental improvements or Town centre improvements
  • Providing or Improving Sport and Play facilities
  • Educational facilities
  • Pollution monitoring and mitigation
  • Crime and disorder prevention activities
  • Town centre improvements

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.


Mind and Sole was created by Christine Smith (based in Alnwick) eighteen months ago.

Christine joined a local running group and this in turn made her decide to join a local swimming group. The downside for her was that she felt very, very slow against the other members. This encouraged self-doubt and anxiety which in turn made her feel she didn’t want to go along.

Christine set up a slimming group for a small number of people. People came along and discussed their bad days and their good days. This spread out to walking and running in a small group. One to one sessions were introduced and Christine ensured that she always met personally with anyone interested in joining the group as a first step.

Mind and Sole now offer walking groups, running groups and swimming groups to anyone wanting to look after their health and wellbeing and to develop an interest that they may of thought was unachievable, The group now has over 300 members, 3 run leaders and 2 walk leaders, 3 different groups for swimming, running and one very large walking group all applying the same principles

Christine wants people to know that you don’t have to go to the gym, or be great at running, walking or swimming, you just need to be in the right group for you and it doesn’t matter if you are overweight/underweight, young, elderly or simply unfit! ..

Contact Christine Smith, Tel. 07825396072, Email

Domestic Abuse Services in Northumberland

Domestic violence or abuse is used by someone to control or obtain power over another person. It can include physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional and financial abuse.

The Domestic Abuse Support Service in Northumberland is a fully integrated service with a single point of contact available 24 hours a day. It provides confidential, high quality specialist support and advice for women and men who are at risk of domestic abuse.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse:

Step into Spring and Age Well

The above event will be a great opportunity for people to get together over a cuppa for a chat and to find out more about staying active, involved and well. They will also be able to find out more about groups, volunteering opportunities and activities that are available in their neighbourhood.

Local and voluntary organisations, housing associations and leisure and health services will all be present to offer helpful advice and support.

An Ageing Well Fair will take place at Longhoughton Village at the Westfield Centre, Park Road on 12th June 2019 from 10am to 12 noon.

The events are organised by Ageing Well Northumberland which works to promote the health and wellbeing of older people within their local communities and ensure the county is a great place in which to grow old. It is delivered in partnership between Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council.


Image of Wendy Pattison, and all text provided by Cllr. Wendy Pattison and used with permission.


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