Having completed the refurbishment of the 5th and final flat at Hardware House on the town’s Main Street, the Haltwhistle Partnership has now set its priorities for the next phase of community development work. As well as continuing with their core functions and very successful Older People’s and Zig Zag projects, the Trustees want to more actively support the economic development of the area. A key element of the plan is to promote cohesive working with the many other organisations, groups, businesses and individuals working for the benefit of Haltwhistle and the surrounding area. Several exciting ideas are in the pipeline and feasibility studies, business plans and funding streams are being explored.

The Partnership’s Chairman, Julie Gibbon said ‘Haltwhistle and the surrounding area is a hidden gem with a lot to offer residents, businesses and visitors. We want to help it to become more sustainable and to thrive. Where else can you live next to a World Heritage Site, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a National Park, have a plethora of independent shops, small businesses and crafts people, and and have a train every half an hour to Newcastle (just under 1 hour) or Carlisle (around 30 mins). Not to mention the open air swimming pool and the fantastic walking and cycling routes.’

The Partnership shared their plans in more detail at their AGM on September 11th 2019 and anyone with an interest in Haltwhistle and the surrounding area is encouraged to become involved, just contact us.