Exploring if AONB can be extended to the south

Statue of Saint Aidan on Holy Island 'Picture by Jane Coltman
Statue of Saint Aidan on Holy Island 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Councillors are keen to look at the possibility of extending the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) further south.

This point was raised and taken up by members of the county council’s decision-making cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, during approval of continued financial support.

Ongoing funding is available from Defra, but this is conditional on 25 per cent match funding being secured from local authorities.

Therefore, the council agreed to provide the Northumberland Coast AONB with its annual contribution of £33,700 and the North Pennines AONB with its £22,600 for the next three years.

Coun John Riddle said: “They are vital tourism assets for us here in Northumberland and, with the National Park, they are the jewels in the crown of our landscape.”

He also highlighted the value gained from contributing ‘this miniscule amount of money’, with projects like the £1.8million Peregrini Lindisfarne project.