Divide on provision of fibre broadband

Councillors are split into ‘the haves’ and the ‘have nots’ since superfast broadband was rolled out to Swarland, but Newton on the Moor residents have been left struggling.

The parish council were told that there was a possibility that Newton on the Moor might be upgraded by late 2015 as it is a relatively low-cost option.

Drainage problems in Swarland

Members raised the issue of a long-standing and ever-worsening problem with the drainage in Swarland with the original system being set up in the 1930s.

This has resulted in regular flooding of residents’ homes with raw sewage.

Councillors are still waiting a report from Northumbrian Water while the system is being investigated.