Residents get their say on future of the county

NORTHUMBERLAND residents can have their say about the current and future prospects of the county this week.

Meetings are being held in the North, South East and West areas and they will cover the latest position on the challenging financial position currently facing the county council and the budget position for 2011/12.

The authority’s consultation officer will then present findings from a recent service priorities survey that was completed by residents across the county before the floor is opened up for public questions and debate.

The views from each area will be reported to the county-wide debate, which will take place after the council’s budget meeting on Wednesday, February 23.

Coun Jeff Reid, Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The council’s constitution requires that the council holds a state of the area debate on an annual basis.

“Holding meetings in different parts of the county before the main debate will give many of our residents and stakeholders the opportunity to participate.

“Councillors have some tough spending decisions ahead and are keen to understand residents’ views before making these decisions. The services provided by Northumberland County Council impact on every resident and every household in Northumberland.

The North area debate will take place on Monday at 6pm in Alnwick Council Chamber, the West area debate will be held on Tuesday at 6pm at Hexham Mart and the South East area debate will take place on Wednesday at 6pm in Cramlington Learning Village.

The meetings are expected to last about 90 minutes.