Cabinet members back council’s budget plans

“/>Cabinet members have endorsed budget proposals for Northumberland County Council.Cabinet members have endorsed budget proposals for Northumberland County Council.

The Northumberland County Council Cabinet has approved draft budget proposals for next year to help boost the county’s economy before a final decision is made later this month.

The proposals include a significant boost to help Northumberland recover and grow economically in the years to come, with an emphasis on providing a green and sustainable future for the county.

Cabinet approved an ambitious three-year capital program totaling more than £ 747 million, including multi-million pound investments in rail and transport links, city center refurbishments, school improvements and a range of climate change-related actions .

Work on new leisure centers for Berwick and Morpeth is well underway, while Amble and Berwick are planning school improvement work while Hexham’s new facilities continue to be built.

Funding has been allocated to a number of city center improvement programs, including Ashington, Bedlington and Hexham, and the ongoing renewal of Blyth as the flagship renewable technology.

Millions are also being set aside for new homes, along with investments in parks, roads, and highway repairs.

An ongoing focus is also on the green agenda, with more than £ 6 million for climate change improvements, from investing in a greener fleet of vehicles to installing solar panels on buildings and a range of flood control measures.

The budget setting is the result of months of planning. The residents were also thanked for their contribution to shaping the proposals.

In December and January, over 370 people took part in an online consultation.

Council Chairman Glen Sanderson said: “As we face additional demand for services after an exceptional year, we continue our ambitious capital investments to regenerate the county and create jobs.

“Our officials across the council have worked hard developing plans for economic recovery and investing in the county’s infrastructure – from new schools to recreational centers to road improvements.

“We are proud of what we aim to achieve in the years to come to improve the lives of everyone in all parts of the county.”

The budget will now be examined by the full council on February 24th.

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