The next meeting of the council is the Ordinary Meeting, being held on Wednesday 26th June 2019, beginning at 6:30pm..
20 June 2019

The next meeting of the council is the Ordinary Meeting, being held on Wednesday 26th June 2019, beginning at 6:30pm.

An Election has been called for the vacant seat at Prudhoe Castle & Eltringham Ward..
12 June 2019

An Election has been called for the vacant seat on Prudhoe Town Council in Prudhoe Castle & Eltringham Ward.

Please see the Notice of Poll.

Those person who have put themselves forward for election are detailed below in the Statement of Persons Nominated.

An election will take place on Thursday 4th July 2019.

 

The next meeting of the Council is the Planning, Contract and Works Committee, being held on Wednesday 12th June, beginning at 7pm.....
06 June 2019

The next meeting of the Council is the Planning, Contract and Works Committee, being held on Wednesday 12th June, beginning at 7pm in meeting room 1, The Spetchells Centre.

 

 

Chair of Prudhoe Town Council..
09 May 2019

Councillor Tracy Gilmore was re-elected unopposed as Chair/Mayor of Prudhoe Town Council for the coming Council year.

Councillor Chris Cuthbert, previously Vice-Chair of the Planning, Contract and Works Committee was elected Vice-Chair of the Council.

Councillor Jennifer McGee was re-elected Chair of the Council's Planning, Contract and Works Committee.

Councillor Duncan Couchman was elected Vice-Chair of the Council's Planning, Contract and Works Committee.

At the meeting last night the Town Council also declared a vacancy in the Castledene & Eltringham Ward, details will follow separately.

Initiatives to help 'Keep Prudhoe Tidy'..
01 May 2019

Keeping Prudhoe Tidy

Prudhoe Groundforce volunteers can often be quoted as saying they look forward to a time when Prudhoe is 'free from litter'.  Every Wednesday morning they go out to the problem areas in the town and pick up what others have carelessly thrown away, despite the growing number of litter bins in the town and the ability to simply 'take litter home'.

Litter is not the only problem and we recently publicised that the Town Council were trialling a cigarette disposal unit on one of the litter bins on Front Street.  Litter bins can be purchased with cigarette disposal on the side, or a stub plate on top but in order to avoid this expense, whilst attempting to tackle the problem, we contacted local metalworkers Chris and Gary Fenwick of CJL Fenwick to come up with a potential solution.

We also considered the issue of fires in litter bins as this had been a problem in the summer of 2018 when a couple of Front Street bins caught light from poorly discarded cigarettes.  With support from Northumberland Fire and Rescue and simple but effective designs from CJL Fenwick, we think we have a solution and now all litter bins on Front Street have a substantial stub plate which allows smokers to properly 'put out' and appropriately dispose of cigarettes in the bin.

Used cigarettes are litter and fines have been issued on Front Street to those not discarding in the bin.  We hope that by having the cigarette disposal units on the litter bins, smokers will be encouraged to use them rather than the pavement which will improve the appearance of the town, as well as preventing accidental fires when the bin is used but cigarettes are not propoerly extinguished.

The Town Council is pleased that we were able to use money from Northumberland County Council High Streets Community Clean-Up Grant Funding for this project, as well as to purchase litter-picking equipment/storage and movable signs encouraging residents and visitors to 'Keep Prudhoe Tidy'.

 

Gentoo, Cottier Grange - The bidding window for phase two of the affordable homes will open again tomorrow...
30 April 2019

The bidding window for phase two of the affordable homes will open again tomorrow.

Gentoo ask "Would you like to join these happy residents and secure a brand new home for your family in the heart of the Tyne Valley?"

Gentoo is delighted to launch the availability of the next phase of new affordable homes for rent at Cottier Grange.

The bidding window for the newly built two bed properties will open between midnight on Wednesday 1 May 2019 until midnight on Monday 6 May 2019 on the Northumberland Homefinder website.

Priority will be given to eligible residents from the surrounding area. Good luck!

https://www.northumberlandhomefinder.org.uk/

Memorial Stability Testing to commence soon..
08 April 2019

Since 1992, following an accident in Preston, there has been heightened awareness about the dangers of memorials. In 1994, the Memorial Advisory Bureau produced “A Guide to Best Practice‟ for Burial Grounds and Memorials. In 1996, the Confederation of Burial Authorities (CBA) commissioned some research into the problem of dangerous memorials and the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) issued a set of installation guidelines in their Recommended Code of Working Practice.

Since that time the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), have published management guidance in their publication the Management of Memorials, this was based on the research carried out by the CBA and supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Responsibility for the overall safety within a burial ground lies with the burial authority, in this case Prudhoe Town Council; these responsibilities are under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 to ensure that, as far as reasonably practicable, our sites are maintained in a safe condition. This includes ensuring that anyone who enters the site to carry out work, such as a memorial mason, carry out this work in a safe manner and in such a way that others using the site will not be put at risk.

Whilst the responsibility for general safety lies with the burial authority there are specific responsibilities for memorials that lie with both the owner of the memorial and the memorial mason responsible for installing it. The owner of the memorial is responsible for maintaining the memorial in a good condition and should be properly informed, in writing, of their and other parties’ responsibilities. They should also be encouraged to insure the memorial, just as they do their household property.

Memorial masons are legally liable for the work they carry out and should ensure that memorials are erected safely and in accordance with current standards available within the industry (such as quality specifications like the NAMM Code of Working Practice or similar). This responsibility is placed on masons in the Consumer Protection Act 1987, the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (amended 1994), the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 and the Directive on Liability for Defective Products (85/374/EEC).  Prudhoe Town Council will only allow licensed memorials masons to carry out work in Edgewell Cemeteries and we have a robust system in place to ensure that proper practice is adhered to.  Claims for poor workmanship can be made by the owner up to 6 years after the memorial has been installed.

As the burial authority we are required to carry out regular inspections on memorials, at least once every 5 years. Where unsafe memorials have been identified through this inspection programme, we have a responsibility to ensure such memorials are not a danger to visitors and employees in the burial ground. Where possible, we will contact the owner and advise them of the problem and ask them to make the memorial permanently safe, usually by having it refixed.

Obviously, if there is a clear defect with the way in which the memorial was installed then the owner may have some redress through the memorial mason who originally installed it, should it have been installed in the previous 6 years. If not, they will have to pay for the memorial to be installed to an approved standard.

Where owners cannot be traced the burial authority has to make a decision on how to deal with the memorial.

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