Station Road on Market Day
The best local councils will always want to continually seek to improve the quality of life and the environment for local people.
Town and parish councils have the legal powers to provide a variety of services and Ashington Town Council has set itself a goal to seek to provide a variety of services efficiently, promptly and cost effectively.
Ashington Town Council has the statutory duty to provide allotments which it meets through a range of agreements with Allotment Associations within the town as well as managing a small site at Nursery Park.
Services that are also the responsibility of Ashington Town Council include:
- Bus Shelters
- Public Seating
- War Memorials
- Litter Bins
- Play Areas
- Floral Enhancements
- Speed Awareness Signs
Ashington Town Council has also set aside funding to improve the Christmas lighting in the town centre and takes the lead in organising the town's Christmas lights switch-on event working in partnership with a number of local organisations.
In addition to the above the Town Council offers grants and funding to organisations working in the town, a Citizens' Awards Scheme and Annual Garden Competition. The Town Council also takes the lead in organising the town's Annual Fayre Day and supports music and arts performances which has seen notable performers visiting the town in recent years.
The Town Council works closely with the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion and Ashington Churches Together in the organisation of Armed Forces and Remembrance Day events for the town. The Town Council also supports anti-litter campaigns and community litter picks as well as taking the lead in organising activities during Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean Campaign.
In 2015, a new town twinning agreement was signed with the City of Remscheid, in Germany, and the town councils of Ashington and Newbiggin by the Sea. The relationship is one of the oldest between British and German communities and the agreement sets in place a framework for town twinning activities with the aim of promoting understanding and friendship.
Local councils can also provide services either directly or in partnership with other bodies. Ashington Town Council is working closely with Northumberland County Council to improve service provision within the town which is bringing much needed change.
Ashington Town Council is always keen to know what you think of services in the town and which services residents would like to see improved. As the Town Council develops plans for the future we will consult with residents via this website, noticeboards, direct surveys, public meetings and other contact.