Ferndene proposal



Friday 17th January 2020

The Planning application has been posted on the NCC website this afternoon – Click here

14th January 2020 update.


Courant report re Northgate Hospital application – CLICK HERE

  • This application is separate to the Ferndene application.
  • The Ferndene application  has now been lodged with NCC and awaiting release to the public after fact checking by the planning dept.
  • The Northgate application is connected strategically to the wider Ceder project.

NCC planning portal re the Northgate application Click here  & Click here

23rd October 2019

** This post is currently being developed, we await info from the trust which will be added here.


On the 23rd October 2019 the trust held the information drop in event.

Residents living close to the Hospital were notified by the trust.

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Blood donor sessions in Prudhoe


We would like to see blood donor sessions restored in Prudhoe.

We have written to  ‘NHS Blood & transplant’ today.

In June 2018 our request was declined and the below reply received, we have asked that this decision is reviewed again.

Residents and others have told us they really would like to have the service restored, as they have had to give up donating as they are not able to travel far.

Other donation locations in Tynedale have now also ceased operating.

The population of Prudhoe has increased greatly since the decision was made to terminate the local sessions.

If restored it will also be beneficial to local business keeping people in the town & encouraging others to travel there, saving donors money & time also the environment by reducing journeys.

We are delighted that the NHS has now found a way to improve their service, but ask that they consider coming back to Prudhoe.


Check out where you can currently donate – Click here


There is a constant demand for blood, but it is lower than it was due to improvements in clinical practice and other factors. This is a trend we are seeing globally. We have reviewed our session programme and have reduced or changed our frequency of visits or locations we visit so we collect the right amount of blood at the right time to match patient’s needs.

We know our loyal donors will be disappointed by this but we have to plan our session programmes based on the amount and type of blood we predict hospitals will need. 

If we run sessions too often we would collect too much blood, be inefficient in how we run our service and it would cost the NHS more to get the blood patients need.

So therefore we closed down some local sessions and will not be looking to open any new session in future


Low Prudhoe flooding


Further to updates provided in August 2019.

There has been occasions of flooding in this area for 25 years plus.

The location shown is at the foot of a large hill with many roads leading to it, there are several drains in the area.  There is a rise in the road leading to the railway crossing and this adds to the issue.

But due to many factors these drains get filled with gravel etc quicker than some other roads, this is not uncommon for a few drains.

Gullies with such issues are cleaned more often than others.

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South road


Update 21/9/19 

Detailed plans have been drawn up with two different options being presented these are currently being evaluated.

Update 7/8/19 from NCC Senior officer.

The scheme is one of the 2019/20 LTP schemes. It is currently in the design stage and is reaching the end of that process. We expect the design will be completed in the next 3-4 weeks with all the necessary inputs from Regional Traffic Signals Group, street lighting, etc.

It will then be passed to the delivery teams for programming into their works schedule.

Once the delivery teams have it we will be able to give further information on construction programme

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Old drill hall


Update 20/9/19

The council are legally required to serve notice on the owner before they can undertake any work, this has proven difficult as he is in prison.
Without serving notice on the owner the council restricts its ability to recover its costs.
In light of the serious nature of the issue NCC has decided to seek emergency powers to carry out works which means that they do not have to serve papers on the owner.
As yet we are not clear on what works they intend to carry out, as soon as this is known we will advise the public.
The police have agreed to give extra attention to the area although they say they have not had any reports of incidents there for some time.
If residents witness any incidents or other causes of concern relating to the building they are asked to contact the Police or other appropriate authority, and also inform us.
The site is inspected on a regular basis by building experts.

Update 20th August 2019

We remain in contact with NCC officers at the highest level and Guy Opperman MP.

The Health & Safety executive can not take any action as the site is no longer a workplace .

The NCC legal team continue to work with Northumbria Police.

Residents will appreciate that this is a complexed legal matter,

NCC’s major concern is that of public safety.

The site is checked by experts on a regular basis.

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