TOWNS across Tynedale will be given their fair share of funds to tidy up their high streets.

Hexham, Ponteland, Haltwhistle and Prudhoe are among the places to receive money from Northumberland County Council after it was given £55,000 as part of the government’s £10m High Streets Community Clean Up Fund.

After the council spend around £12,000 of the fund on various general cleaning schemes, the county’s towns, which also includes Alnwick, Berwick, Blyth, Ashington, West Bedlington and Amble, will get a share of the remaining funds.

Glen Sanderson, the council’s cabinet member for environment and local services, said: “I am grateful to the government for this useful award of funding.

“We’re so proud of our high streets and want to do all we can to keep them looking clean and tidy. We invest millions each year dealing with litter in our county but we all have our part to play and this extra funding will help this. We have very good relationships with our town councils and hope they will all come on board with their own projects to keep the county looking its best over the coming months.”

The county council will use the money to purchase graffiti removal kits to be handed over to community groups, for litter picking equipment, prizes for Love Northumberland awards winners and Love Northumberland branded tabards.