Details of the design and the contract award for the building of a new schools complex in Hexham have been announced. Our Conservative administration are making a significant £30m+ investment in building new schools for Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School on the QEHS site. The listed Hydro building will become the frontage of the school with the new build tot he rear. Galliford Try will be the contractor.
Local people fought hard for the retention of the three tier system that serves our children so well in the west of the county and was essential that much needed investment was made into our High School – the pinnacle of our successful system. I’m proud to be part of the Northumberland County Council Cabinet that made this decision.
Read more in the Hexham Courant here.
The Milkwell development of 187 houses on land between Corbridge Middle School and Milkwell Lane will be starting very soon. Many people in Corbridge did not support the planning application for this development when it came forward in 2016. Although this was before I became a councillor, I too had significant objections but it was granted and we have to make the best of it.
There will be some community benefits including a new car park and improved sports facilities for the middle school and much-needed affordable housing provision.
I will continue working closely with Northumberland County Council, Corbridge Parish Council and the developers to ensure that this development is implemented safely and that we maximise the benefits and minimise the disruption. I’m in regular contact with the developers, the Council’s Planning, Highways and Health and Safety teams and with the School.
Read the hexham Courant article here.
If you have any concerns arising out of the development please don’t hesitate to contact me.