NCC is investing £125,000 in a new weed control programme. This includes employing 10 extra staff to enhance the capacity of NCC's in-house team. A harmless blue dye will be added to the weed treatment so that the public can see which areas have been treated. The chemical can take up to 2 weeks to kill weeds and the blue dye will remove any uncertainty about whether or not an area has been treated.The dye will enable the NCC teams to see exactly where they have sprayed, potentially reducing over-use of spray. Any areas that have been missed will be immediately apparent. The equipment used to treat weeds in some road channels means that the blue dye cannot be added, but in areas where road meets pavement there will be a white residue left instead of a blue one. The dye itself is water-soluble, does not affect the environment and also breaks down in the sun, so it will not be visible for more than the 10 to 14 days it takes to kill the weeds.

Gateshead Council has notified the Parish Council that the works at Crawcrook Lane are due to be completed two weeks ahead of schedule. The road will be open again from Sunday 6th May.

The Electoral Services Department of Northumberland County Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors have not been fulfilled and that Wylam Parish Council can now fill the casual vacancies by co-option.  If you are interested in serving as a Parish Councillor, please send a written expression of interest to the Parish Clerk (full details here). Our co-option policy can be found here.

On Monday 9th April Gateshead Council will begin geotechnical work to widen the highway on the bend between Bradley Mill Riding Centre and Castle Hill Farm Cottages, providing a verge, re-grading the cutting and reinforcing the slope. The footway past the works will remain open for pedestrian use. Because of the nature of the work being undertaken it will not be feasible to allow the Emergency vehicles through the roadworks for the duration of the closure.

Advanced signing has been placed on Station Road, Wylam and Crawcrook Lane to advise motorists of the closure.

Tynedale Links 686 bus route: it has been agreed between Gateshead Council and Go Northeast that an additional bus will operate between Prudhoe and Crawcrook. The existing 686 bus service will operate between Wylam and Hexham.