Climate Change Petition

Climate Change Petition

Last Friday I accompanied my colleague Glen Sanderson who leads on environmental matters for Northumberland County Council to receive a petition from local environmental group Climate Action Northumberland. Happily we’re already committed to all of the aims the group are petitioning for and so it was a great opportunity to get into a detailed discussion and hear some of their ideas.

 

 

Tynedale Flood Forum 2019

Tynedale Flood Forum 2019

This year’s Tynedale Flood Forum organised by Guy Opperman MP was held in Hexham Community Centre on Friday to update communities and residents about the work done to protect them along the Tyne Valley.

I attended as Northumberland’s representative on the Regional Flood and Coastal Commission, as the Councillor for Corbridge and as a resident who has experienced flooding and gave an introduction to the work of the RFCC. The real work is being done by staff in the Environment Agency, Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Water who all presented on the various projects and initiatives along the valley. Much is being done and it’s being done in a coordinated way to maximise impact with limited resources.

Here’s a video summary produced by Guy:-

 

Flood and Coast Awards 2019

Flood and Coast Awards 2019

I was in Telford this week at the National Flood and Coast conference in my capacity as Northumberland’s representative on the Regional Flood and Coastal Commission – the body led by the Environment Agency that oversees a coordinated regional approach to flood and coastal erosion protection. A local project that I have had some involvement in was chosen as the National winner in the Community Partnership Category.

Reducing flood risk at Tyne Green. Team : Northumberland County Council, Network Rail, Local Residents, Environment Agency

Three North East projects won national awards which is great news in itself but I was particularly delighted that this was one of them. Northumberland County Council Officers, Local Residents, Network Rail and our local MP Guy Opperman should all be congratulated for working together on this and persisting until the project was delivered. Residents in that area can be safe in the knowledge that they are better protected from flooding.

 

Tyne Green Flood Scheme Opening

Council Write-Offs

Council Write-Offs

Each year all councils are obliged to write off irrecoverable debt and this year Northumberland County Council is writing off £1.95m. It is a lot of money but it only represents about 0.2% of council revenues and is similar to previous years. The largest chunks of this debt are business rates & council tax  and every effort is made to recover all debts. Northumberland performs well in national bench-marking for collecting what is owed to it. Only when a debt cannot be recovered will it be written off.

Read the Hexham Courant Article Here.