County services stopped as unions strike

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Industrial action set to take place on Wednesday will mean that some of Northumberland County Council’s usual services won’t operate on that day.

The council is maintaining critical services to the public, but there will be an impact on the usual, day-to-day operations.

The vast majority of schools across Northumberland will be closed for the day but all parents should have been contacted by the individual school. If parents are in any doubt they should contact their child’s school for further information.

All calls to the council should be made on the usual number 0845 600 6400 or by email at ask@northumberland.gov.uk but customers may experience significant delays.

All customer service centres and information points around the county will unfortunately be closed and we apologise to all customers in advance for any inconvenience.

As a result the council is asking residents to only make urgent inquiries on that day and try to make non-essential requests before or after the strike.

Other council buildings and services may be affected including things like libraries and leisure centres but because of the nature of the strike action it’s not possible to provide a fuller picture.

Services such as bin collections may also be cancelled on the day of the strike and residents whose bin has not been emptied are asked to put it back out for collection on Thursday, December 1 when the council will be attempting to catch up as far as possible.

For garden waste collections that are missed on Wednesday these will be collected the following week on Wednesday, December 7. Household Waste Recovery Centres will be open as normal.

The Fire and Rescue Service, which is part of Northumberland County Council, will be operating as normal.