Prudhoe gets star rating at AGM

The first results of how residents rated Prudhoe  were revealed at Prudhoe Community Partnership’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening ( July 17th). Out of 500 replies from questionnaires and a poll at the Town Fair, 23% rated Prudhoe an excellent place to live and 33%% voted Prudhoe  as very good.

 

Margaret Boonstra, a Partnership trustee,who organised the survey ( pictured front left with other trustees who worked on the survey) , said she was delighted that 83% of respondents awarded  Prudhoe  three stars or more. Only 12 % said Prudhoe “could do better” was  5% that Prudhoe was “ not  so good” . Cllr Jennifer McGee commented that she was pleased to see such positivity.

The survey showed dissatisfaction with   services for young people and approval of services for older people. A large majority wanted the town centre to be improved and would like to see a wider range of shops. Margaret  Boonstra emphasied that these were “first glimpses” of the survey, undertaken in May and June, which were being analysed by Community Action Northumberland. A full report and recommendations will be available in the Autumn. A first glimpse of the results, presented by Margaret at the AGM are available here.

 

The guest speaker at the AGM was Emma Richardson, ( above)  Poverty Lead at Northumberland County Council who spoke about how community mapping could help a  town like Prudhoe realise its strengths and improve wellbeing. She said it was important to  share resources and improve community networks so that everyone achieved  full potential. review Emma’s slides here.

The Partnership manages Spetchells Centre and reported that all the rooms and facilities had been fully used this year , with Northumbria Police moving its staff into the Centre last December. The Partnership had undertaken initiatives on community transport and access to shops during the year and had sponsored two workshops for developing community leaders run by Mortal Fools, who are based in Spetchells Centre.

At the end of the meeting the Chair, George Hepburn, paid tribute to Eileen Burt who has moved to Jarrow and was retiring  after 18 years as a trustee. George said that few people had contributed as much to the life and development of the town.  Eileen recounted working with architects and builders to commission Spetchells Centre, which opened in 2001, and her leading role in developing two new shops and flats on Front Street in 2016.  She said that her involvement with the Partnership had given her opportunities that she would never have dreamed of and encouraged others to get involved as well.

Prudhoe Community is a registered charity working to make Prudhoe a better place to live and work and welcomes new members to help shape its future activities.

 

Plans for Prudhoe Police Station on display for your comments

The Partnership is bidding to purchase the former Police Station and Police Houses on Front Street and to build eight attractive high specification flats for rent. The designs by HMH Architects are on display at Spetchells Centre on Sat 24th Feb between 9.30am  and 12.30pm  and again on Mon  26th Feb between 4pm and 7pm. ( On Monday please enter by side door after 5pm). We would welcome your views.

Our bid will require support from Northumberland County Council through their Community Housing Fund and the flats will be built and managed by Karbon Homes to benefit local people. Last year, there were 276 bids for 31 flats in Prudhoe so we hope our initiative will bring a few more affordable flats into the town.

Our architect concluded that it was too difficult and too expensive to refurbish the existing building to modern day standards which is why we are proposing building a terrace of houses that will fit into the surrounding architecture of Front St and make an attractive addition to the town. The railings and external walls will be retained and there will be spaces  for residents car parking and some greenery too.

Come and see for yourself by inspecting the plans and giving us your comments. If we are successful in purchasing the site, then we will apply for planning permission when there will a further opportunity for public comment.

 

We’re recruiting a cleaner for Spetchells Centre

 

 

We are looking for a special person  who is passionate about keeping Spetchells Centre spotless and who is proactive in managing the building. It is a brilliant building at the heart of Prudhoe housing all sorts of community groups and we want it to look its best. The job is for 2.5 hours each weekday  either early morning or early evening. You can download the job description  and then complete the application form  here. Or email Julie, Centre Manager on spetchells@prudhoe.org or ring Julie on a weekday morning on 01661 839470. Closing date is 12 noon on 25th January and interviews will be held on Friday 26th. Note the hourly rate increased to £8.75 as the Partnership is now a Living Wage Employer