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Parish Matters



  • On this page you can find out current information of interest to residents of Humshaugh.

CHOLLERFORD BRIDGE CLOSURE – The main road closure is planned to take place from Monday October 9, to Sunday November 5 (inclusive of the school half term).  An off peak road closure between the hours of 9:00 and 15:00 will be required during these four weeks.  For more information click see Chollerford Bridge Closure notice.

NOTICE OF ELECTIONS – as a result of the recent elections the Parish Council are pleased to announce the co-option of Cllr Ian Batey to join the Parish Council.  Full details of all Councillors can be found main Parish Council page.

People’s Choicevote for your favourite park in these national awards (closes 30 Sep).

Citizen’s Advice Bureaux in Northumberlanduseful numbers and opening times.

Northumberland Wildlife – there are a variety of events happening over the coming weeks – please see their “What’s On” page or more details.

Community Chest – awards are available to voluntary and community groups – for more information click here. Of particular note is the new Help For You scheme which provides grants of up to £200 for a young person under 18 to achieve an ambition. 

C4 Village of the Year Competition – if you are interested in putting forward Humshaugh then please see “How to apply” at http://www.villageoftheyear.co.uk/.  You can also find information on Facebook @villageoftheyear or Twitter @villages2017.

Core Strategy – Northumberland County Council has withdrawn its “Northumberland Local Plan, Core Strategy”.  See this letter for more details.

Volunteer Buddy – could you be a volunteer buddy?  If you are a good listener and communicator, and you have at least half a day per week to spare then you could apply to become a Volunteer Buddy.  For more information please see the NCVA advert.

Respite Care – free of charge, short-term respite care breaks to those in need – see poster.

Get About -is looking for volunteer drivers, if you’re interested then please contact Catherine at Adapt on Tel: 03333 441740 or catherinew@adapt-tynedale.org.uk for a full role description and an informal chat.- for more info about the scheme click here.

Domestic Violence – if you are concerned about domestic violence please see the attached leaflet and letter from Vera Baird (Police & Crime Commissioner).

Reduced Bus Fares for Young People – reduced fares are available for young people travelling on GO North East buses.

Dog Fouling – The Parish Council are aware that this is becoming an issue of concern to a number of residents and have produced an information leaflet.  The Handyman has put up reminder notices around the village, and the Dog Warden is now making more regular visits – fines of up to £1000 can be given for owners who do not clean up after their dogs.  Councillors would like to encourage residents to pick up after their dogs and ideally take the waste home and put it in their own wheelie bin (this is a perfectly acceptable practice).  Please note that none of the dog photographs used in the leaflets are from the village and all owners gave their permission.

Parking on Footpaths – A reminder to ask residents not to park on the path near the Doctor’s surgery as this forces pedestrians to walk in the road to get past – this can be difficult for elderly or infirm residents visiting the surgery.  Parking on the pavement does allow better access for cars to get past but makes it less safe for pedestrians.

Tynedale Community Bank – is a savings and loans community bank owned and run by its members. It is a not for profit organisation whose membership is limited to people who live or work within Tynedale.  For more information on savings, loans or FAQ tel: 01207 284851 or visit the website www.tynedalecommunitybank.org.uk

Superfast Broadband – The final superfast broadband fibre cabinet has now gone live in the Humshaugh exchange are – this means that superfast broadband services are now available to much of Humshaugh and Chollerford. 

Village Transport Priorities – The Parish Council submitted the following priorities to Northumberland County Council for consideration in 2017/18 (these are not automatically enacted but will be considered as part of the County Council’s overall “Local Transport Plan”):  Priority 1 – Improved road markings, signage and road re-surfacing at Chollerford roundabout; Priority 2 – Road markings and signage at Cowper Hill / Leazes Head junction; Priority 3 – Cycle links between Humshaugh & Hexham.

Disposal of Waste – There are a number of leaflets available from Northumberland County Council on waste disposal and recycling:

Leader Funding – This is a programme of European funding of circa £2 million over 5 years to be spent across the uplands area.  For further information please follow this link – http://www.nuleader.eu/news

Rural Growth Fund – Rural Growth Networks are part of a national programme launched by the Government, aimed at stimulating economic growth in rural businesses and communities. 

Funding Bulletin – Northumberland County Council produce a regular funding eBulletin and distributes this to voluntary and community organisations and local businesses. The eBulletin signposts to funding opportunities from various national and local sources including trusts, charities, UK Government and the EU.  The eBulletin contains a brief description of the fund and a direct link to the funders website.  Click here to go to a list of the Funding Bulletins.

Crisis Support: Northumberland Emergency & Transition Support (NETS) – Have you found yourself in an unexpected crisis?  Have your circumstances changed recently?  NETs may be able to help.  Typically we can help fund: Emergency food supply, Gas/Electricity top ups, help with furnishing etc.  Please visit NETs page on NCC website for more information.

Riverside Development / Simmonds Court – background to how the new development was named.

PC Dixon Contact Details – Neighbourhood Beat Officer, Hexham
Email: zoe.dixon.8531@northumbria.pnn.police.uk; Telephone: 101 and asking for extension 69191
https://www.police.uk/northumbria/F9/team/pc-pc-zoe-dixon/

If you have any queries or comments on activities or developments going on in the village of Humshaugh then please either contact the Clerk or one of your local Councillors.