We have been working hard across all service areas to improve Northumberland County Council’s environmental performance. As a local authority we have three responsibilities:-
- get our own house in order and reduce the Council’s environmental impact.
- play a leadership role encouraging businesses, residents and other organisations to improve their environmental impact.
- lobby government to make policy changes and provide funding to address environmental challenges.
With this in mind we have declared a ‘climate emergency’ and made some a firm commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030. We are doing much to achieve this including actively promoting two major projects. The Northumberland Rail Line will take cars off the road and open up rail travel from Ashington and Blyth into Newcastle. Our investment into the Post of Blyth will support development of that area as a major global centre of excellence in the offshore wind industry.
Read about our commitment here.
Read the Evening Chronicle article here.
I was very pleased to attend the opening of the Tyne Green Flood Scheme in Hexham. The scheme protects 15 protects 15 houses which flooded during Storm Desmond in 2015. As Northumberland’s representative on the Regional Flood and Coastal Commission I was able to support the scheme when council officers brought it to the committee for funding. The community has also contributed to this unique scheme.
Read the Council Press Release Here.
Flood works in Corbridge following Storm Desmond in 2015 have been completed. These important works to improve drainage in Station Road and the Stanners and to resurface these roads are now in place and local residents will benefit from reduced risk of surface water flooding. Thanks must go Tynedale Rugby Club who allowed the drainage to run through their grounds and into the River Tyne.
Read the Hexham Courant article here….