SOME of the district's towns could be set for up to £3m investment.

Haltwhistle, Bellingham and Prudhoe residents are now being urged to have their say on the multi-million pound investment plans.

Alnwick, Bedlington, Newbiggin and Rothbury have also been identified as suitable for a ‘Place Plan’, which could attract up to £3m investment per town, to be spent over the next ten years.

The cash injection forms part of the Borderlands Growth Deal - a £450m government scheme - targeting the five local authorities either side of the England-Scotland border.

£50m has also been set aside for the initiative’s ‘Place Programme’.

A short, online consultation will be held for each of the towns over the coming months, asking people the best thing about their town, what they’d like to see improved and any ideas they have.

The investment approach will vary between towns, depending on how each place has been impacted by Covid-19, and the types and scale of intervention needed to support recovery, resilience and return to growth.

“This Borderlands funding will be invaluable in helping to re-start local economies and towns as they emerge from the pandemic, focusing on re-purposing towns and town centres and safeguarding and retaining as much as possible of the current business, employment, and population base", said Coun. Wojciech Ploszaj, cabinet member for regeneration at Northumberland County Council.

“As well as buying and regenerating key sites and buildings, funding could also be used to boost the arts, cultural and visitor economy or improve community, skills and education facilities.

“One of the guiding principles of the project is putting communities at the heart of decisions about the challenges facing their towns and town centres and we hope as many people as possible will get involved.”

More information on each of the town plans will be updated on the council website as their consultation dates approach.