Tuesday, 11 February 2014

New Partnership with Town and Parish Council’s will mean 28 extra workers in ‘battle to keep county tidy’

New Partnership with Town and Parish Council’s will mean 28 extra workers in ‘battle to keep county tidy’.

The new Labour administration at County Hall has joined forces with town and parish council’s in Ashington, Blyth, Seaton Valley and Cramlington to deliver added resources in a fight to ‘clean up the county’. In a unique partnership between County and town and parish, 28 new employees will be carrying out a key role in providing top quality services such as grass cutting, litter picking, street sweeping and shrub bed maintenance for local communities.

As well as the full time positions, the councils hope to use this partnership model to provide training for local people through apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank who is Policy Board member for ‘streetcare and the environment’ said
‘Politicians are often accused of breaking their promises when elected so it’s great to announce that we’re delivering a down payment on our promise to put frontline services first. We’re dealing with massive cuts to the council’s budget but we’re making sure that residents can see our priorities are their priorities.

Working with our partners in the town’s and parishes of the South East, we’re making sure that we tackle environmental issues and keep our neighbourhoods clean and tidy. The scheme will provide more flexibility to react to local concerns and support what residents want to see in their town or parish’.

Through these new enhanced partnerships each parish or town area will have a dedicated team to tackle local issues, over and above what the county council already provides. The local council will also play a key role in determining the type of work they want and need for their area.

Details of the vacancies can be found via in Jobs section at

Northumberland County Council web site

The closing date for applications is Friday 21 February 2014

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