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DRAFT Kirknewton Parish Council
Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 15th March 2016,
at the Village Hall at 2.00pm
Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,
Kay Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Antony Murray, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker, and
1. Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. John Lloyd and PC Mark Lynn.
2. Police Report:
PC Mark Lynn had sent a message advising that there had been no reported crimes in the area during the past month.
3. The minutes of the meeting held on 16th February 2016 were agreed and signed.
4. Matters arising from the minutes:
The clerk had reported potholes along the edges of the B6351 on the approach to and exit from Yeavering covering a distance of approximately 200 yards. There are also potholes on the same road between the Village Hall and Westnewton Bridge. The potholes on the Hethpool road had been filled, but badly done and the surface had not improved.
The clerk would report all these again with a copy to Kevin Bartlett (NCC Localities Officer). She would also write to the Leader of the County Council, Grant Davey, highlighting the damage to vehicles and the danger of having to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid the potholes.
6. Financial Report:
No financial transactions since the last meeting and the bank balance remains at £1,191.46.
7. Area Committee North meeting:
Cllr. Brown attended this meeting held on 14th March 2016. There was a presentation on Ambulances Services in Northumberland. Ambulances are stationed at Berwick, Alnwick and Belford, and generally emergency cases are taken to the nearest hospital. Attendees from Berwick said they need more cover, but Cllr. Brown felt that the service is being run as well as it could be with the vehicles and personnel available.
An informative presentation was also given by Tom Fairfax, chair of the North Northumberland Committee of the Royal British Legion.
8. County Councillor’s Report:
9. Any other business:
At a Cabinet Meeting on 21st March a review of the new system is to be tabled, which uses two criteria to assess the efficiency of the changes that were made:
A number of questions were put by Mr. Owen. These were read out to the Kirknewton meeting and the answers given would be sent to Mr. Owen in order that he could collate the information gathered from the town and parish councils and produce a report for the Cabinet Meeting.
Cllr. Murray stated that the planning system was undemocratic, and that there was no local impact now. Officers were dealing with applications for sites they had not even seen.
10. Date of next meeting: Tuesday, 19th April 2016, at 2.00pm at the Village Hall.