Northumberland Labour says elected members are listening to the concerns of residents and using their small schemes allowances to address them.
The small schemes allowance from Northumberland County Council allocates £15,000 a year to each councillor so they can address local issues and make a difference for local residents.
For example, Councillor Kath Nisbet from the Croft Ward in Blyth, is using this year’s allowance to pay for traffic calming measures in problem areas in her ward. She has also decided to reserve money from future allowance to see this work continue in areas where residents have said the road is unsafe for pedestrians, cyclists, older people and children.
Northumberland Labour Group leader Scott Dickinson said: “The council has had a councillors’ small scheme allowance in place for some years.*
“Kath’s commitment to using her allowance to help pay for traffic calming measures comes about as a direct result of Kath being a well known and a trusted councillor who works hard for her community who listens to people’s concerns and gets things done.”