Organisation sets out big changes
Active Northumberland is looking to make some changes to its organisational structure and has begun a formal consultation with its staff and union representatives.
As it aims to make significant savings, it has also confirmed its proposals for various services such as moving Guide Post Library into the Cleaswell Hill Centre alongside the Schools Library Service.
Morpeth Library will be temporarily co-located at a new site in Manchester Street and services will be integrated in other towns, including Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth and Cramlington.
Retail goods at tourist information sites would be reduced or removed over the next 12 months and alternative methods of providing the services would be considered.
Active Northumberland’s back-office functions and administration support would be combined within a central unit at County Hall for resilience and efficiency.
In addition, mobile library services would be reviewed and options to work in partnership with others would be considered.
Acting chief executive Stuart Crichton said: “While we as a charity need to reduce costs in the region of £3.5million over the next two years, this is not the sole reason for these changes.
“The aim is to better integrate the organisations brought together under the umbrella of the charity over the last two years.
“Fewer staff would be required as a result of integrating services. We plan to reduce posts with voluntary redundancy wherever possible.”