About the Council

Prudhoe Town Council is the 3rd tier of Local Government and is served by 15 Town Councillors, a full-time Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer and a part-time Deputy Clerk.

Visit our Town Councillor information page to meet the Councillors for each ward and find out more about their role within the Council.

The wards of the Council are detailed in the document Streets and Wards.

Each year at the Annual Meeting of the Council a Mayor/Chair of the Council is elected, along with a Vice-Chair.  You will find more information about the roles within the Council in the document Legal Roles within the Council.

A Town Council’s most important role is the represent to views and needs of the community; they provide local services and enhance quality of life and community wellbeing.

Through an extensive range of discretionary powers local councils provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services.  Prudhoe Town Council look after a range of services which can be found in our A to Z of services and in more detail in the services pages of the website.

Local Councils rely upon statutory instruments to allow them to provide and maintain services, most of which can be viewed in the Powers and Duties of Local Councils.

The Council is a single corporate body for which decisions are taken democratically.  In order for decisions to be taken democratically, they must be placed on an agenda of the Council and agreed at a meeting of the Council.  All meeting information is available in the Meetings and Agenda pages of the website.

The legal definition of ‘The Council’ is summarised in the document Legal Roles within the Council.

The Town Council office is situated in The Spetchells Centre, in the centre of town on Front Street.

Local government services for Prudhoe are provided by Northumberland County Council, the town is in the parliamentary constituency of Hexham.

Committees and Meetings

Prudhoe Town Council has a number of Committees, for which properly constituted meetings are held in order to take those decisions delegated to them.  (The terms of reference for each is available by clicking on the committee link).

The Town Council elect a Chair for each Committee at the Annual Meeting of the Council in May.  The PCW’s Committee also has a Vice-Chair.

Planning Contract and Works Committee (PCW’s)

Cemetery and War Memorial Committee

Human Resources Committee

Council agendas are published the week before the meeting, legally they must be published 3 clear days in advance of the meeting.

Meetings are open to the public to attend and members of the public may speak on matters on the agenda, following the agreement of the Chair of the meeting.

Meetings follow the standing orders adopted by the Council.

The papers for all Town Council meetings are available on the website.

About Prudhoe

Prudhoe ( PRUD-ə ) is a town in Northumberland, about 11 miles (18 km) west of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and 11 miles east of Hexham.

Prudhoe is just south of the River Tyne.  The town is sited on a steep, north-facing hill in the Tyne Valley.  As you near the bottom of the hill towards Low Prudhoe and Tyne Riverside Country Park, you can look back and see the image of a badger on the hillside.

Prudhoe has a population of over 11,500, measured at 11,675 in the 2011 Census.

The name derives from the hoe or haugh, a spur of land, of the Anglo-Saxon personal name Prud (from prūd(proud)).

There has been a castle at Prudhoe since ancient times, when England was at war with Scotland.  The area now known as Castlefields was a fruit orchard, and the Scots were rumoured to have burnt this orchard while attempting to capture Prudhoe Castle.  The castle, originally owned by the D’Umfravilles, then the Percys and now English Heritage, is considered to be the only medieval fortification in Northumberland never to have been captured by the Scots.

Prudhoe boasts a thriving number of community groups and and is widely known for being an extremely friendly town.  More information about the community is available on the Prudhoe Community Partnership website.

Further links to Community Groups and Local Information is available HERE.

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