Thursday, 11 August 2022

The Coach & Horses in Hexham has reopened after investment

I am delighted that the Coach & Horses has reopened. 

It was awarded £240,000 as part of the Hexham High Streets Heritage Zone scheme - a Government Funded scheme designed to secure lasting improvements and rejuvenate historic high streets.

I look forward to continue working with Northumberland County Council and Historic England to deliver on the funding secured for Hexham Town Centre.



Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Cracking down on litter

The Government has announced new measures to assist councils tackle fast food litter at its source.

Litter is a blight to our streets and a source of frustration to local residents. 

Updated guidance will clarify the powers councils in England have to set stricter litter rules for new hot food takeaways when considering planning applications, including making sure that more bins are installed to reduce rubbish in the surrounding area.

The move will help create cleaner town centres across Tynedale and Ponteland, with figures showing that fast food items are the fourth most common type of litter found on UK high streets.

The guidance will give councils clear and consistent advice on what rules they can enforce when new takeaways open, such as ensuring they install more bins and anti-litter signs around shops or have staff members pick up litter regularly. Failing to adhere to these rules could result in financial penalties.

This is part of wider measures set out in the Build Back Better High Streets Strategy to improve the public realm and create safer and cleaner spaces.



Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Investment in the Great Northumberland Forest

I am delighted that the Government have announced further investment into the Great Northumberland Forest. 

The project, announced in 2019 as part of plans to slash carbon emissions, will see trees of various types planted in locations up and down the county.

The government has announced millions more trees will be planted across England following investment to expand woodlands.

England’s 13 Community Forests, as well as partners including the Northern Forest and Great Northumberland Forest, are all set to receive funding.

As part of the government’s £750 million Nature for Climate Fund, these projects will expand woodlands near cities, towns, villages and rivers.

Collectively around 2,300 hectares of trees – equivalent to around 3,220 football pitches – will be planted as part of this year’s £44.2 million funding allocation, playing an important role in Government ambitions to treble tree planting rates by the end of this Parliament and reach net zero.

It is estimated the planting announced will see 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide absorbed by 2050, valued at nearly £100 million.

More trees will help to reduce flood risk in vulnerable areas and the funding will also create more green jobs within the forestry and environmental sectors.

I am proud that Northumberland is leading the way. The Great Northumberland Forest will tackle climate change, create more jobs and support our local timber industry.