Councillors in the north of the county spent nearly half-a-million pounds supporting small projects in their communities over the last year.
Every county councillor has a pot of funding – a small schemes’ allowance – to put forward for various expenditures in their ward during the course of the financial year.
In 2012/13, 88 projects were put forward in the north, totalling £475,030.25. However, 22 of these schemes are still ongoing and two were cancelled.
In Coun Gordon Castle’s Alnwick ward, contributions were made to the Bailiffgate Museum, the Playhouse and Alnwick South First School for cycle racks.
Money was also made available for traffic regulations in Green Batt, which is currently out for public consultation.
In Amble, Coun Robert Arckless put money forward for the new Coquet Shorebase Trust building at Druridge Bay, as did Amble West with Warkworth member Jeff Watson, new signage on the A1068 into the town, towards the refurbishment of the library.
A scheme to fund two new paved standing areas for the bus stops on the B6345 at Togston Hall is on hold.
Coun Watson also put forward funding for the extension at Acklington Village Hall and signage on the A1068 for Amble and Warkworth.
Works on road signs in Acklington near the school and in Warkworth have been carried forward to this year.
In the former Lesbury ward, which has now been amalgamated with Alnwick, Coun Roger Styring also put money towards the works at Bailiffgate Museum and the Alnwick Playhouse.
Outside the town, he donated money to help with the new changing rooms and facilities at Alnmouth and Lesbury Cricket Club, while a scheme for Alnmouth Football Club’s car park has been carried over to 2013/14.
Sports facilities were also on the agenda for outgoing Bamburgh member Pat Scott, who put up £15,000 for the new football pitches at Seahouses. She also paid for four new grit bins for the village.
A scheme for new lighting columns in Bamburgh, carried over from the previous year, was also completed.
Roads and footpaths were the main focus for Chevington and Longhorsley member Glen Sanderson, who paid for schemes in West Thirston and several in Longhorsley.
In Coun John Taylor’s Longhoughton ward, money went towards refurbishments and repairs to the village halls in Craster, Howick and Eglingham, and for new timber bollards at Newton Village Green.
Rothbury councillor Steven Bridgett made money available for new fencing at the bowling club and a security container at the Old Fire Station.
Schemes for solar panels at Thropton First School and lights on the new Rothbury Bridge are ongoing.
In Coun Trevor Thorne’s Shilbottle ward, projects for a new footpath in the cemetery and a new war memorial have been carried over.
In Wooler, Coun Anthony Murray spent money on removing the swimming pool at Scott’s Park and two new grit bins in Doddington.