I’m a member of the Northumberland County Council steering group for the £36m investment in the new schools development at Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham. We had a fascinating update today and the build is progressing at pace despite Covid and the weather and is on schedule. I can’t wait for the Covid restrictions to be lifted so we can get on site and take a proper look.
It’s already a great school but these new facilities are much needed and will be transformational.
An update on a the gate from the south side car park near the bridge onto the flood defence. The wooden kissing gate doesn’t have a spring and so dogs can get out, into the car park and then onto the the road. I have reported it to the council and a spring will be fitted soon.
A few dog owners have reported that the new metal stile at the end of the rugby club pitches near the railway line is impossible for dogs to get across because of the metal steps that they would get their paws stuck into. It’s nigh on impossible to get a large dog across.
I’ve been in touch with the Council’s Countryside Officer and he’s writing to Network Rail to ask them if they will change it. We’ve been to inspect it and there is space in that panel between the posts to get an alternative gate in.
I’ve had contact from a few people about grit bins which are supplied by Northumberland County Council but are paid for by the Parish Council (additional ones at least). Mandy has ordered new bins to be sited on Aydon Green, Manor Cottages and the entrance to Glebelands from Aydon Road. They should be in place next week.
Funding is still available for voluntary and community groups and organisations in the Tynedale area. The deadline of the Northumberland County Council Community Chest Scheme has been extended to help applicants submit applications during the current lockdown. The new deadline is Friday 22nd January. There is currently £24,000 worth of grants available in the Tynedale Area. Full details and forms are available on the NCC Web Site here.
I’m disappointed to see that The North East including Northumberland and Corbridge move in to Tier 4 from midnight tonight.
Case rates in the area have risen recently with Corbridge currently having the 6th highest number of positives from 67 Northumberland wards in the last 7 days.
We all have a responsibility to protect all our community as far as we can and our public health officials have said they believe tier 4 restrictions are required, so I can see why the decision has been taken.
I know many people will be disappointed including many of our business owners – many of whom are already closed and many more of whom will have to close tonight. We can just hope that with two vaccines approved the end of restrictions is in sight now for us all.
Thank you for all you have done and please, keep doing it. Wash hands – wear masks – keep your distance. Here’s a summary of the tier 4 restrictions.