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Kirknewton Parish Council :  details

Posted by Pat Edwards

DRAFT Kirknewton Parish Council


Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 20th September 2016,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm



Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown, Stephen Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John

Lloyd, Kay Aisthorpe.

Parishioners Pat and Jenny Edwards, Clerk Angela Hallam-Baker.


1.  Apologies for absence were received from County Cllr. Anthony Murray and PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).


2.  Police Report:  none.   However, Cllr. Aisthorpe was surprised that the Parish Council had not been notified of an Army exercise, which took place at Hethpool in the early hours of 11th September.   Since there were bright lights in the College Valley and vehicles along the road, she found this somewhat alarming.   She later discovered that Wooler PC and the Police had been informed.   


3.  The minutes of the meeting held on 19th July 2016 were agreed and signed.


4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Potholes – most of these had been filled.
  • Japanese knotweed – this had not been removed – Yeavering Farm to be contacted.
  • Westnewton bridge works – these are progressing.
  • Sign on U1019 at Yeavering – a sign with the words “Unsuitable for motor vehicles” was ordered by NCC, but the employee charged with installing it had been told to locate it by the old railway crossing.   Judith and David Dobson, who live just by, told the employee that the sign needed to be located at the top of the road at the junction with the B6351.   He needed to clear this with his boss, and so took the sign away with him.

The clerk would write to the three people at NCC who appeared to be involved with this (Graham Bucknall, Neil Howie and Mitch Young), with a copy to Cllr. Murray, to ask them to have the sign returned and located in the appropriate place.

  • Household waste – it had been agreed that from 1st October 2016, that the Wooler waste disposal centre would be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, only, from 8.00am to 7.30pm in the summer, and 8.00am to 6.00pm in the winter.
  • Boundary fence at the end of Post Office Lane – this was being replaced by Westnewton Estates and paid for by NCC.


5.  Financial Report:

The annual audit had been completed by the external auditors and no issues were raised.

The annual return had been publicised and already agreed by the PC, and this was again agreed following the external audit.

Transactions this month:

Income: Precept 2  -  £350.00

Expenditure:            Clerk’s half-year fee - £80.00, and expenses £72.16 (mileage, postage, stationery, internet charge).

This leaves a credit balance of £1,587.71.


6.  Notice of  proposed removal of telephone box:

A notice had been posted in the village telephone box that BT intended to remove it, due to infrequent use.   It was advised that comments should be addressed to NCC Planning Officer, and the clerk had written to lodge the PC’s reasons for retaining the ‘phone as follows:

i)   no mobile reception in the area

ii)  area regularly used by walkers of all ages

iii) a rapid link to emergency services is essential

iv) the nearest town is Wooler 6 miles away

A reply had been received stating that no application for the removal of the ‘phone boxes had yet been submitted, but NCC would bear the PC’s comments in mind when the application is received.


7. Projected cuts in services:

Grass cutting, bus services, community group support, public toilet provision, are amongst possible cuts.   It appeared the only one which applies to Kirknewton is the bus service, but it is understood that the Wednesday bus to Wooler is in place for the next five years.


8. Insurance:

Although this should be due, no invoice had yet been received from NCC.


9.  Correspondence:

  • Public Spaces Protection Order for the Control of Dogs – a new order had been issued including the exclusion of dogs from beaches in Blyth and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.   The laws regarding control of dogs which are already in place, remain.
  • CAN – request for donation – this was refused.


10. County Councillor’s Report:  none, due to Cllr. Murray’s attendance at another meeting.


11. Any other business:

  • Proposed visit by NNPA Officers – a request had been received to invite the Chief Executive, Tony Gates, and Chairman, Glen Sanderson, to the PC meeting on 15th November, to give a short talk and answer questions about the National Park.   This was agreed, and the item would be put at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Application for removal of single garage and replace with double garage at Laburnum House – this had been submitted to NCC, but no notification had yet been received by the Parish Council.
  • Area Meeting on 12th September at Lady Waterford Hall, Ford – the clerk had attended this and reported that a strong complaint had been made by Shilbottle PC about the lack of grass cutting and the state of the roads in the north of the county.   It appeared that these and other services are being concentrated in the south east of the county.
  • Dark Skies – Duncan Wise gave a presentation on the Dark Skies Project, saying that a number of schools and communities had formed groups to study the stars.   He said that Kirknewton is a key site due to its lack of street lighting.


12. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 18th October 2016, at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.









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