Jeff Watson, County Councillor for Amble West with Warkworth.
Jeff Watson, The Unitary County Councillor
for Amble West with Warkworth, Acklington and Guyzance

If you wish to contact Jeff and you live in Amble West, Warkworth, Guyzance or Acklington
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If you have been in the centre of Warkworth recently you will have seen the work with the street lights, as I write this the cable holes have been dug and we are just awaiting electric connections, once we have that done the old lights on the buildings will be removed and a redundant street light near the telephone box will be taken away.

In my role as Civic Head of Northumberland County Council it is not often that I carry out any duties in this immediate area so it was a real pleasure to be asked to Warkworth C of E Aided School to see the opening of the school community savings bank. I believe the children will learn how to save and begin to understand about the value of doing so, I wish the school every success with this new venture.

You may have seen the press releases about plans to improve James Calvert Spence College, I have been involved in these discussions for some time and I am pleased that approval has been given for a business plan to be drawn up that will result in considerable investment in the school. I would add that this action is definitely agreed and budgeted, unlike some previous promises. I would expect that further details will be available for inspection in September by the public and completion of building work and occupancy in September 2020 (given a fair wind). The business plan will be drawn up by a joint working group consisting of the School, N.C.C.  education department and local County Councillors (those within the catchment area and will obviously therefore include me).

It is not possible to say at this point exactly what the finished plan will look like but it will be designed so that it will create a modern first class learning environment that will encourage and stimulate the young people of our area and will help to gain an Ofsted good rated standard of education.

I was pleased at the planning committee’s decision not to allow the misleading sign at the entrance to Montague avenue in Warkworth but disappointed to hear that Cussins are to appeal the decision, I think that this sign is misleading and unnecessary. Warkworth, a conservation village has too many signs and I am determined that this and all other unnecessary or unapproved ones will not be tolerated.

The list of road improvement work for this area has now been published and I believe we have got a good share, all the improvement work that I previously mentioned has been approved. However, I have no doubt that more potholes will appear in the future and I hope that residents will continue to report serious ones to the Council, I would love to think that one day perhaps we will have pothole free roads!

Hope you all enjoy Spring.

07802385367 or email: jeffrey.watson@northumberland.gov.uk

Jeff Watson