Bills and benefits among the books

NEW services are on offer at Amble library.

The Middleton Street facility is now offering many of the things that were available from the former Northumberland County Council cash office in the town.

It is hoped that the new arrangement will make it easier for library users to make payments, complete documents and report issues without having to visit another site.

Amble library will help residents wishing to hand in housing benefits documents, make council tax enquires, pay council tax by card, access online planning applications, report missed bin collections, complete Homefinder applications and bidding forms, apply for bus passes, purchase parking permits, hand in keys for council properties and garages, report issues such as graffiti, fly-tipping and potholes and collect discount forms for council tax and housing benefit.

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member for customer relations and culture, said: “I’m delighted that the county council will now be able to offer more services in Amble as I know there is a local demand.

“I also hope that this will encourage more people to become library members. The council has some great books on offer and free access to PCs is also available.”

The library is open 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm on Fridays, and 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.

There are also three PayPoints in Amble where council tax and rent bills can be dealt with – the Co-op stores in Queen Street and Newburgh Street and VG Stores in Links Avenue. The Amble Post Office, in Queen Street and Harbour Post Office, in Percy Street, will also take payments.

Payments can be made via the county council’s website – www.northumberland.gov.uk – or by calling 0845 600 6400 from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

Direct debits – the council’s preferred payment method – can also be set up via this number.