Hexham Town Council was established in 1974 and is responsible for the delivery of a range of quality of life services and community activities in the town. Full details about the Town Council are on this website.
A Town or Parish Council is the first tier of local government and so closest to the community it serves. Hexham Town Council, made up of 14 Councillors (all volunteers), is a corporate body with various powers, some referred to below.
Hexham is a thriving historic, abbey and market town in Northumberland midway between Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle. With a population of more than 13,000 the town dates from the establishment of Hexham abbey in 674 and it was given its first market charter in 1222. The town serves as a gateway to Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding National Beauty.
The work of the Council is mostly funded by the Precept – an instruction to the billing authority (Northumberland County Council) to raise money on behalf of the Town Council by including an appropriate sum in the Council Tax bill. The Council also gets income from burial fees and allotment rents.
Hexham has long been a favourite destination for the people of the North East – a day out, stroll around the shops, a café for lunch, a riverside walk and soak up the atmosphere. It offers something for everybody and is worth a longer stay. Visitors aren’t short of things to do, whether families with young children on rainy days, arts and music aficionados, history devotees, or keen shoppers.