Good attendance for council conference

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More than 100 town and parish authority representatives converged on County Hall in Morpeth last Thursday to take part in the first annual town and parish council conference.

The key issues to arise from the discussions on the day included developing better understanding of council service standards in local areas, the potential for an annual ‘walkabout’ in each parish each year with a senior council official and better communications both between the two levels of local government and between departments within the county council.

Coun Grant Davey, leader of the Northumberland authority, spoke at the event and answered questions.

He said: “A number of town and parish councillors and clerks have travelled a long way to be with us at this event and we are very grateful for their attendance and input.

“We recognise the vital role that town and parish councils play in the lives of Northumberland’s diverse communities and we will be taking all the comments and views into account for future collaboration.”