TOWN PLAN PUBLISHED

HEXHAM TOWN PLAN
Vision for 2020
In 2013 the Town Council formed a number of Town Plan Working Groups who completed a Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15. This can now be read on-line or downloaded here. [Download not found] and [Download not found]

The Town Council’s working groups are presently implementing this Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15.
However,  the Town Council would like to know your views,  suggestions,  objections or comments,  so please send them by email here or write to Hexham Town Council,  Council Office,  St Andrew’s Cemetery,  Hexham NE46 3RR.

The Town Plan 2013 version is also available for you to read on-line or download. [Download not found]

Division of Responsibilities – Town and County Councils

In Northumberland we have two tiers of local government,  the County Council and the much smaller Town and Parish Councils. The County Council has the wider and more significant duties and responsibilities,  and it spends the bulk of the council tax that you pay.

Town and Parish Councils,  including Hexham Town Council,  have more limited responsibilities. Hexham Town Council runs St Andrew’s Cemetery on the West Road,  manages three allotment sites,  looks after children’s playgrounds,  and apportions local grant aid (on the basis of application and selection). It’s income comes as a precept.

Hexham Town Council will stand up for the town on wider issues. As a locally elected body it sees its duty to lobby in the interests of the town and its residents. It will represent the interests of the town and its residents more widely,  whether at County Council level or towards other public and commercial bodies.

Three of its members are also County Councillors who represent the three Hexham wards on Northumberland County Council. The Town Council has an advisory role on a number of the wider County Council responsibilities.

Northumberland County Council has ultimate powers for:

Collecting the Council Tax Libraries
Education and school transport Planning and approvals (buildings)
Refuse Collection Housing,  especially social housing
Highways and their Maintenance Particular benefits
Highway gritting Parking
Transport planning Local Democracy and Elections
Business development and Regeneration Recording births,  marriages and deaths

 

To contact Northumberland County Council,  use www.northumberland.gov.uk or ring 0345 600 6400.

If you have needed to contact the County Council to resolve a problem or receive information and you are not pleased with the response,  still do contact a Town Councillor. You will be listened to and offered advice or help. They can put you in touch with your County Councillor,  as all three Hexham County Councillors are also Town Councillors.