Message From The Parish Clerk Catherine Harrison


As not everyone uses Facebook,

I thought it might be useful to circulate a couple of messages Corbridge Medical Centre has posted on its Facebook page about the vaccination programme - please see below.

Also, the parish council is about to embark on the first stage of developing a neighbourhood plan. There are further details below. If you have a few minutes to spare (who hasn't!!) we would be very grateful if you could share your views.

As ever, if we can help, please do get in touch.

Catherine Harrison


Corbridge Medical Centre

We are making excellent progress through the eligible groups for Covid vaccinations and will shortly be moving into Cohort 4 which includes the clinically vulnerable shielding patients as well as those aged 70 to 75. However, we want to remind all patients of the importance adhering to all of the government guidelines relating to social distancing, hand-washing and the wearing of masks.

The vaccination programme will not protect patients from transmission of the virus and does not mean that extremely vulnerable people can stop taking all of the precautions which they have been following so far.

Covid continues to circulate in our community and, until sufficient numbers of people have received their second vaccine, the dangers of transmission still exist.

Centre for Life

Some confusion has been caused by letters sent out by the national booking system asking patients to book an appointment at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. This is simply an alternative option for patients and does not remove them from our own booking process for the vaccination centre in Hexham.

Please wait for our call if you would prefer to have the vaccination locally.


Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council is proposing to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. Whilst a neighbourhood plan is not guaranteed to stop unwanted development it would make it much harder. The starting point for a neighbourhood plan, however, is to undertake a survey of the village. Hard copies will be available in due course, but I am hoping that as many people as possible will complete online.

Neighbourhood Development Plan Survey

The Parish of Broomhaugh and Riding has evolved over the years, shaped by the people who live and work here. This survey provides an opportunity for every resident to have a say in the future of our Parish. We will use this information to ensure that what we plan to deliver to the area reflects the feelings and needs of the people.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places in which they live and work. Neighbourhood Plans set out planning policies for the development and use of land in their area. Parishes will be able to choose where to site new houses and amenities and have a say in what those buildings will look like. With the publication of the Government White Paper and the expected changes in the way that planning decisions are taken, it is important that residents make their views known.

Does a Neighbourhood Plan carry any legal weight?

Once a Neighbourhood Plan is in force following a successful referendum, it carries real legal weight. Decisions on planning applications in our Parish must be made in accordance with its policies so long as they are relevant to the applications. Your Parish Council has taken the first step and has registered Broomhaugh and Riding as a “Neighbourhood Area”. The next step is a formal consultation with residents - and that is what this questionnaire is all about.

The more people who complete this questionnaire, the better we will be able to identify all the Parish aspirations and needs and incorporate them into the Neighbourhood Plan. So, please try to find 15 minutes to complete this questionnaire. Whatever your views and ideas this is your chance to influence our Parish's future development.

All members of the household aged 15 or over should complete a separate form. It would help us considerably if you are able to complete the form online.

To do so visit

Completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw (as long as you provide a name and e-mail address). First prize will be a voucher for £50 (to be redeemed at a shop of your choice); there will be a further five vouchers for £10 each, redeemable at the village shop.

The closing date for completion is Sunday 28 February

Thank you very much for your help with this.

Kind regards

Catherine Harrison

Parish Clerk, Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council

10 Church Close

Riding Mill


NE44 6DP

Tel: 01434 682348

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