07 February 2019How is the number of Councillors per Parish determined?

An order was made by central government in 1955 for all parishes.

It was determined that Hepple should have 5 councillors, when the population was about 180.

Current population is about 150.

Since then Flotterton has been added but that is unlikely to require an increase in councillors.

The County Council could be asked to increase the numbers but that would require extensive consultation.

07 February 2019Northumberland Draft Plan 2019

Northumberland Local Plan

Publication Draft Local Plan - 30 January to 13 March 2019


Following agreement by Cabinet on 19 December 2018 and Full Council on 9 January 2019, I am writing to provide you with advance warning that comments on the ‘Publication Draft’ of the Northumberland Local Plan will be invited during a six week period between 30 January 2019 and 13 March 2019.


The papers for the above meetings, which includes a draft of the Publication version of the Local Plan and the Policies Map, can be accessed from the following link: http://committee.northumberland.gov.uk/Meeting.aspx?MeetID=9385 


The Local Plan sets out strategic planning policies and planning principles for the whole county, the general scale and distribution of new development, and the detail of where new homes, workplaces and facilities will be located. The Publication Draft Local Plan provides the final opportunity to comment on the document before it is submitted for independent examination.


In February and March 2019 we will be hosting a number of drop-in sessions around Northumberland. The drop-in sessions will include a small exhibition and staff from the local plan team will be present to help answer questions and advise on how to provide comments. The dates, times and venues for these drop-in sessions are provided below for your information.



Drop-in sessions for the Northumberland Local Plan - February and March 2019


Jubilee Hall, Bridge Street, NE65 7SD


28 February 2019

Alongside the Publication Draft of the Local Plan, the council is publishing for consultation scoping documents for a Design Guide for Northumberland and a Highways and Transportation Design and Delivery document, which together will provide developers, landowners and applicants with holistic design principles, guidance and good practice.

We will send you an email on 30 January 2019 to notify you formally of the publication of the Local Plan and provide details of how you can view the final consultation document and how you can provide comments. In addition, we will send you a paper copy of the consultation documents.


We will also be publicising the consultation more widely to residents and businesses by sending a flyer to every address in Northumberland. This will include details of the drop-in sessions that will be held across Northumberland during the consultation period that will allow people to find out more about the consultation and how to provide their comments.


I hope this update is helpful. If you have any queries relating to this forthcoming consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us via email to PlanningStrategy@northumberland.gov.uk or 01670 623631. More information on the Northumberland Local Plan can be found on our website at www.northumberland.gov.uk/localplan. 


Yours faithfully


Paul Johnston

Interim Executive Director: Place

Northumberland County Council


07 February 2019Bailiffgate Museum Funding

From: Deb Still <deb.still@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk> 

Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 2:20 PM 

Subject: Hepple Parish Council - we are seeking your support 

To: <dmckchn@gmail.com> 



Dear Chair,

We are writing to ask you to support Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery in 2019 with funding by way of a grant to help us survive the current, harsh financial climate. As an independent, charitable organisation we rely entirely on the income we generate ourselves.

Bailiffgate is an award-winning, independent, local Museum & Gallery, preserving and celebrating the heritage of Alnwick and district.  We support local communities by providing displays, activities and resources and offer a popular programme of heritage talks to local organisations, all delivered by volunteers. Our Gallery exhibition and events programme attracts local people and visitors to the area.

We are an accredited Museum under the Arts Council National Accreditation Scheme and have been recognised locally, regionally and nationally with awards.  In 2018 we were the only volunteer museum shortlisted for the Best Project on a Small Budget at the national Museum & Heritage Awards.

We have a long track record of delivering community projects supported by a range of external funders.   As you may know, from 2019 – 2022 we will be delivering the Out of Town (OOT) Museum Project in the Coquet Valley including your parish, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. OOT will celebrate the rural heritage of Coquetdale and will collect and record memories and stories told in local voices, along with photographs, audio, documents and other artefacts. New heritage records will be created and archived within the Bailiffgate Collection and within Northumberland Archives.

We are volunteer led and run but it still costs us around £110 to open the doors of the Museum and Gallery six days a week.  External funders for projects such as OOT do not cover our core costs.

We are more than happy to come to your Parish Council and talk about our work and/or welcome your Councillors with a guided tour of Bailiffgate from one of our volunteers.

Yours faithfully,


Deb Still

Project Support 




14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1LX.

Tel 01665 605847

Website www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

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