Climate Change Commission

Climate Change Commission

Our administration are very serious about tackling climate change and has announced ambitious plans to create a Climate Change Commission.

We have unveiled our draft action plan, focusing on five key themes, with a number of projects where the council and others will work to tackle climate change. The Commission will see the council teaming up with world leading experts and industry leaders to make a real difference in our collective responsibility.

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/News/2019/Oct/Plans-for-Climate-Change-Commission-announced.aspx

General Election 2019

General Election 2019

Since I started in local politics in May ’17 there have been a lot of elections – County Council, General Election, North of Tyne, NCC by-election, Europe, Police & Crime Commissioner and now another General Election.

People are weary but this is the most important one – bringing the brexit paralysis to a speedy conclusion and stopping Corbyn’s damaging brand of politics. The campaign started today in the Hexham constituency.

Tynedale Jobs Fair

Tynedale Jobs Fair

Looking for a new challenge? Many of the region’s top employers will at the Tynedale Jobs Fair this Friday from 10am until 3pm at the Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham. Organised by Guy Opperman MP and with over 70 employers attending it’s a great opportunity to explore some great employment opportunities.

There’s no need to book and there’s plenty of parking in the Wentworth Car Park. If your going by public transport the train station is just across the road and there’s lot’s of buses into the centre of Hexham including 10, 85, 685 and X85.

One of the Greenest Counties

One of the Greenest Counties

A few months after we declared a Climate Emergency it’s great to see that Northumberland has been named as the greenest county on the North East and ranked 7th in the UK for low levels of emissions. The work we are doing right across the county and across council services will reinforce that position and our committment to the environment. Read the article here.

The first meeting of the Northumberland Climate Change Steering Group met on 13th September at County Hall. The group is chaired Cllr Glen Sanderson and is putting into action the County Council’s pledges to reduce council emissions in Northumberland by 50% by 2025 and make the county carbon neutral by 2030.

Conservative Council Leader Peter Jackson commented after the meeting “Northumberland is leading the way amongst North East authorities and is pursuing an ambitious strategy to generate more green energy, consume less energy and increasing emissions capture. Working with partners our Council will take immediate steps to moderate and eventually dramatically reduce our carbon footprint. There is a great deal that can be done and we will be seeking feedback from residents on our plans in the following weeks and months. We are determined to demonstrate our commitment to the climate change agenda by our actions and through community leadership. We will also influence the regional and national agenda”.

Cllr Sanderson “Council staff have really embraced the desire of our Conservative administration to take this important issue very seriously. Much has already been done and clear plans across all areas of council activity will be presented soon. This will include doubling the number of electrical charging points in our car parks and increasing tree planting on Council owned land to help with carbon capture.”

Northumberland also featured in a Guardian list of favourite holiday destinations this weekend.