Project will create jobs

Eight jobs will be created in the county following a partnership between the county council and a town council.

Ashington Town Council has announced plans for the creation of a dedicated Neighbourhood Services team for the town, strengthened by the creation of eight full-time positions within Northumberland County Council.

Town council leader Coun Louis Brown said: “In agreeing our budget for 2014-15, we were guided by the results of the residents’ survey ‘Life in Ashington’ undertaken, which attracted some 2,400 resident responses.

“The town council was adamant that any further expenditure and plans for development and budget growth would be targeted at the specific areas highlighted by residents for improvement.

“What did come over very clearly was the need to improve the general environmental outlook in terms of better litter collection, street and footpath cleaning, tackling dog-fouling and improving grass cutting and things that create a first and often lasting impression of a town.

“Tackling and improving these issues is right at the heart of the town council’s future plans and we now expect to see real improvement.”

Mark Purvis, chairman of the environment committee, added: “What is now required is a real joined-up and long-term commitment to working positively with Northumberland County Council to bring about visible change and improvement in the town.

“We are aware that this is a challenging and exciting partnership with a sizeable investment but one that we are fully committed to in terms of bringing real positive and visible outcomes.”