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Inspector 7848 Kevin Waring is the Temporary Neighbourhood Inspector for the communities of Wansbeck (Ashington and Bedlington).

He is very keen to forge a good and productive relationship with local councils within Wansbeck in order to benefit local communities. His primary responsibility is to provide the best policing service regarding all issues related to crime and disorder and with great focus on those most vulnerable in communities.

The public's support in highlighting any crime and disorder issues in their area would be greatly appreciated and hopefully, with support, the police can find the solutions to address these positively.

If you would like to find out more about the work the Wansbeck Neighbourhood teams are doing, please follow them on the following twitter accounts:

Ashington @NPNAshington and Bedlington Police @BedlingtonPol – they will also be advertising community drop in sessions alongside partners through social media.

Tel 101 | Ext 61631 |www.northumbria.police.uk

Find out about the work of Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner - www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk

Been a victim of crime? For help, visit: www.victimsfirstnorthumbria.org.uk

22 April 2018WEED CONTROL

Northumberland County Council is improving the way it tackles weeds in towns and villages in Northumberland. The county has a well-deserved reputation as a green and pleasant place to live and visit and it is important to do all we can to keep it looking its best. In recent years, most weed spraying treatments on hard landscape areas have been contracted out. However this year, the County Council is employing ten extra staff members across our Local Area Councils to ensure the in house teams have the capacity to undertake the work themselves.

The County Council is investing £125,000 in this improvement programme which includes adding a harmless blue coloured dye to the treatment so the public can see for themselves where has been treated. The blue dye being added is completely harmless and will allow the teams to see exactly where they have sprayed, potentially reducing wasted or overuse of spray and ensure that any areas that have been missed will be immediately apparent. While it is not possible to prevent weed growth altogether, County Council staff know their own areas and can be more responsive to local weather conditions, ensuring improvements to the quality and coverage of the spraying operation.

The public will also be able to see where has been sprayed and as the chemical itself can take up to two weeks to kill the weeds, the addition of the blue dye will remove any uncertainty about whether or not an area has been treated. The equipment used to treat weeds in some road channels means that the blue dye cannot be added but in areas where road meets pavement there will be a white residue left instead of a blue one. The dye itself is water soluble, does not affect the environment and also breaks down in the sun so it will not be visible for more than the 10 to 14 days it takes to kill the weeds.


THE LIBRARY is now located at Lynemouth Day Care Centre, Albion Terrace, Lynemouth, NE61 5SY. Tel: 01670 620250. Opening times:

Monday 9.30 a.m. -12.00 noon and 12.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Thursday 2.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.




Northumberland County Council's Senior Engineer (Structures) has written to advise that the proposed works* at Lynemouth East Road and Rail Bridge are due start on Monday 12th March 2018. The road will be closed while works are carried out. The road closure is expected to be in place for five days, between the hours of 8.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.

*Concrete testing to Lynemouth East Road and Rail Bridge which is situated on the C110 road between Lynemouth and Cresswell. Test results will be used in order to inform a repair and refurbishment scheme for the bridge. In order to arrange access to the external elevations of the bridge, an underbridge unit will be utilised; this comprises a lorry mounted access platform which will need to be sited on the road over the bridge. Due to the restricted width between bridge parapets, the road will need to be closed to vehicles during this operation. They will endeavour to maintain access for pedestrians and cyclists, although at times they may be asked to wait until they can be escorted through the works area.


Information and opening times

Northumberland Adviceline  Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm - 03444 111 444

Online advice: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Citizens Advice - Northumberland recognise that life is getting increasingly complicated and it's becoming more and more important that people can easily access relevant high quality advice and information on offer in South East Northumberland and via their telephone helpline.


Residents can contact Healthwatch Northumberland, the independent champion for people in Northumberland who use health and social care services.

As a statutory function (there is a Healthwatch in each council area of England), they listen to your experiences of GPs, hospitals, dentists, mental health services, care homes and home care - any care service you may have used - and influence change and improvements in these services. They also offer a signposting service where we can help find you a new dental practice or GP for example, help you make complaints, register a concern or give praise, and they can put you in touch with local support groups and services.

Their website has a range of health advice and information, the latest on local health issues and lists local events and ways of getting your voice heard by care providers and commissioners. Visit the website: www.healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk or call: 03332 408468. General email: info@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk




Natural England’s Report to the Secretary of State setting out proposals for improved access to the coast between South Bents and Amble, which form part of a programme to establish a continuous walking route around England’s coastline, can be viewed here:




Northumberland County Council will be carrying out safety checks at its cemeteries over the next few months. If any memorials are found to need attention, the memorial owner will be contacted where possible and the bereavement services team can provide advice to help make sure that they are made safe.

It is the responsibility of the grave deed owner to maintain any memorial in a safe condition and anyone wanting more information can contact Stephen Kelly, Cemetries Team Leader on 01670 620403.




Northumberland Community Bank is a merger of Tynedale Community Bank & The Credit Union for S.E Northumberland.  It offers a range of financial service products that includes access to affordable credit and promotes good financial management.  The Community Bank is willing to give presentations at Parish meetings if requested.

Contact details: Town Hall, Station Road, Ashington Tel: 01670 522779


The Parish Council is currently being consulted on Harworth Estates' redevelopment of the Lynefield Park site and ambitious plans  for the transformation and regeneration of Lynemouth and residents will be involved in discussing these ideas in 2018 - transforming, regenerating, and revitalising.

Gateway Northumberland is a masterplan to create new and replacement employment following the closure of the industries that formed this community and place of work; a gateway to the emerging leisure market and the new employment opportunities it brings - a stepping stone to the Northumberland Coast and National Park; a gateway to upgrade the quality of the local housing stock, to create a vibrant community hub, and a high quality place where people want to live and work.

29 January 2018JOBCENTRE NEAR ME

The Jobcentre has made it easier for people to find their nearest local Jobcentre Plus offices, benefits and employment information at http://www.jobcentrenearme.com


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