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Haydon Parish Council Projects

The Parish Council has over the years been responsible for many projects. Here are just a few:

Christmas Lights 2008

Photograph of Christmas lights on the bridge

The Parish Council has long been conscious of the need to join the two parts of the village, separated by the river. It was also keen to make the residents feel part of and take an active interest in any project.

In conjunction with this, the Council aims to promote an environment which would persuade existing or new businesses to locate within the parish; as well as considering ways in which more visitors could be encouraged to explore the parish.

The old bridge is an ideal focal point to meet these objectives. Its scenic and central location was enhanced by decorating its walkway with fifteen Christmas trees illuminated with the very latest lighting techniques. The first turning-on ceremony, in 2009, was by a pupil from The Shaftoe First School, and was a great success with most of the village participating and enjoying the festivities.

Shaftoe Doorstep Green

Photograph of Shaftoe Green sign

In 2004-5 the Parish Council acted as an umbrella organisation for a group of local parents who wanted to create a safe place to play for their children. The site lies on land above the Shaftoe First School, with outstanding views North over the village.

With funding from the Countryside Agency and Tynedale Council the Shaftoe Doorstep Green came into being.

With a separate toddlers play area, something more challenging for older children, and seats and picnic tables for parents to relax at, there is something for everyone.

A car park located behind the First School provides access for all.

Parish Plan

During the period from March 2007 to March 2008 the Parish Council undertook a wide consultation with a good response from nearly 300 people who attended public meetings and events and 450 households completing questionnaires.

The residents of Haydon Parish think it is a great place to live. However, they have a key set of concerns which relate to its future sustainability after the by-pass, which was completed in the spring of 2009. These issues relate to the future economy, the physical environment, and the well-being of the communities that make-up the Parish.

From this was developed the Haydon Parish Plan and Village Design Statement.
(Copies of the Parish Plan and its accompanying Village Design Statement are available from the Parish Council and The Development Trust).
Follow this link to download the Haydon Parish Plan. (2.1Mb)
Follow this link to download the Village Design Statement. (4.9Mb)
Follow this link to download the Haydon Parish Map. (1.1Mb)

Click here to go to the Sutton Design Website