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Kirknewton Parish Council
Minutes of a meeting held on Tuesday, 19th May 2015,
at the Village Hall
Present: Cllrs. Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers, John Lloyd, Kaye Aisthorpe, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).
Parishioners: Pat and Jenny Edwards.
1. Apologies for absence: PC Mark Lynn (Northumbria Police).
2. Police Report: nothing to report.
3. The minutes of the meeting held on 21st April 2015 were agreed and signed.
4. Matters arising from the minutes:
Cllr. Marriott reported that the road-sweeper had torn out tarmac from the edges of the unadopted East Kirknewton road.
These matters would be reported to Highways.
5. Financial Report:
The bank balance remained at £937.00.
6. Timber extraction in the College Valley:
A copy of the Timber Transport Management Plan had been received stating that timber extraction had been due to start on 20th April 2015, and listing restrictions/conditions for the haulage contractors. The gross weight restriction on Westnewton Bridge is 44 tons, and it was noted that during the work to strengthen the foundations, due to be done this summer, the road will remain open to all traffic.
Councillors reported that the timber wagons had been speeding on the Yeavering to Kirknewton road and driving on the grass verge to avoid oncoming vehicles.
7. Westnewton Bridge Repairs:
A message from Peter Brewis stated that he is to submit a planning application today, 19th May, for the bridge and river works, and that he would be pleased to come to the 23rd June PC meeting to discuss this. He anticipates a works programme from the end of July to November with the river works completed in September. The hold-up has apparently been due to satisfying Environment Agency requirements. It is understood that the bridge is not in any imminent danger of collapse.
8. Grass cutting in the Churchyard:
After making enquiries, it was discovered that most parish councils do not contribute towards grass cutting in open churchyards, but raise money via fund-raising events or circulating households with requests for donations.
It was pointed out that it is the PCC’s responsibility to find the money to pay grass-cutters. The Parish Council agreed that it would not make a contribution from the precept, but would be pleased to help with a fund-raising event if the PCC would do the organisation.
9. County Councillor’s Report:
Cllr. Murray was asked to update on the following items:
10. Northumberland National Park Review of its Management Plan:
A letter had been received from NNPA stating that it is to undertake a public consultation on its Management Plan and would like to arrange a meeting to discuss the issues and gather the views of the PC. This will take place over a six-week period from 11th September to 23rd October 2015.
It is being suggested that there could be two meetings – one for the northern parishes and one for the south, with each parish sending a representative to one or other of the meetings. The meetings would be led by a member of the NNPA, ie. Cllr. Sue Bolam the north and Cllr. Kirsten Francis in the south.
A request was made for suitable dates and venues. The PC considered that Wooler would be the most suitable venue for the north, and would discuss at a later meeting the number of meetings per year and possible dates.
11. Planning Application Ref: 15/01373/FUL:
This application, for the erection of a new entrance porch, removal of existing garage/store to be replaced with new structure on the same site, and the removal of trees at Glen Cottage, Post Office Lane, Kirknewton, had been displayed in the Village Hall foyer. The Parish Council agreed that it had no objections and that it would improve the property.
12. Kirknewton Website:
Pat Edwards gave a website update and and explained that the layout design of the website is well in hand, and reported that visitors to the site will be able to view Articles in a more clear fashion which will avoid any articles dropping down the list and becoming lost. There will be a list of Users so that people can find articles which are of interest, and can be quickly accessed. There will also be a page for uploading videos, so that anyone who wishes to watch films of interest can find all the videos content in one place.
Visitors to both the website and the Kirknewton FaceBook page are growing, with over 200 followers, with new posts and photographs being uploaded regularly.
Parish Council minutes can be found under “Articles”
13. Any other business: none.
14. Date of next meeting Tuesday, 23rd June 2015, at 2.00pm. (Note: this is a week later than the usual date.)