Why councils make plans but you aren’t involved

Posted on 19th December 2014 | in Community , Northumberland County Council , Opinion

northumberland speech bubble2Northumberland County Council make decisions that affect our lives a lot of the time. But many a time there is a cry from some residents: “Why have they done that?”, “No-one asked us”, “We never know”.

In fact on many occasions residents are asked for their input, asked to come along and see plans, asked for their views. And this is one of those occasions.

So if you want to know what’s being planned then here’s how you can find out! 

Come along to Fourways2 between 2pm and 7pm on Monday 19th January

This is an opportunity for Amble residents to look at plans that the County Council feel will have an important influence on planning decisions made throughout Northumberland over the next 17 years. Plans and documents affecting development, housing, green belt land, and job creation will be on display; you can wander around and take it all in yourself, or stop and ask one of the staff to explain the plans.

Residents, businesses, community organisations and other interested organisations and individuals are being encouraged to study the plan, and provide written views and feedback. The plan is also available online via this link  or via www.northumberland.gov.uk/corestrategy and hard copies can be viewed at council planning office receptions and in libraries.


The plans can also be seen in other parts of Northumberland throughout January:

Cramlington Library, Tuesday, 6th, 1pm – 7pm

Seahouses, Sports & Community Centre, Wednesday 7th, 12pm – 4pm

Hexham, Prospect House, Thursday 8th, 1pm – 7:30pm

Rothbury, Jubilee Hall, Friday 9th, 10am – 1pm

Bellingham Library, Friday 9th, 2pm – 4pm

Morpeth Corn Exchange, Saturday 10th, 10am – 2pm

Haltwhistle Library, Saturday 10th, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Seaton Delaval, Seaton Valley Offices, Monday 12th, 10am – 2pm

Wooler, Cheviot Centre, Wednesday 14th, 10am – 2pm

Ponteland Leisure Centre, Wednesday 14th, 1pm – 7:30pm

Bedlington, County Council Offices, Thursday 15th, 1pm – 7:30pm

Choppington Social Welfare Centre, Friday 16th, 1pm – 4pm

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Leisure Centre, Saturday 17th, 10am – 2pm

Alnwick, Northumberland Hall, Saturday 17th, 10am – 2pm

Amble Development Trust, Monday 19th, 2pm – 7pm

Haltwhistle Library, Monday 19th, 2pm – 7pm

Allendale Library, Tuesday 20th, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Belford, Bell View, Wednesday 21st, 9am-12pm

Berwick Town Hall, Wednesday 21st, 2pm – 7pm

Corbridge Parish Hall, Thursday 22nd, 10am – 1pm

Ashington Library, Thursday 22nd, 2pm – 7:30pm

Hexham, Prospect House, Saturday 24th, 10am – 2pm

Haydon Bridge Community Centre, Monday 26th, 9am – 12pm

Prudhoe, Spetchells Centre, Monday 26th, 3pm – 7pm

Blyth Library, Tuesday 27th, 2pm – 7pm

Morpeth, St. James Community Centre, Thursday 29th, 2pm – 7:30pm

Alnwick Library, Friday 30th, 12pm – 4pm

Ponteland Memorial Hall, Saturday 31st, 10am – 3pm