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Kirknewton Parish Council, January meeting. :  details

Posted by Pat Edwards

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DRAFT                          Kirknewton Parish Council


Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 17th January 2017,

at the Village Hall at 2.00pm



Present: Cllrs.  Edward Brown (Chairman), Steve Marriott, Helen and Andy Blowers,

John Lloyd, County Cllr. Anthony Murray, PO Dan Perry (Northumbria Police),

Angela Hallam-Baker (Clerk).


1.  Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Kay Aisthorpe.


2.  Police Report:

PO Perry stated that no crime had been reported in the parish area since the last meeting.

PO Mark Lynn had retired in December and as yet no replacement officer had been appointed.   Consequently, PO just Perry and a colleague are covering the neighbourhood area.


3.  Minutes of the meeting held on 15th November 2016 were agreed and signed.


4.  Matters arising from the minutes:

  • Japanese knotweed – it was confirmed that the knotweed is growing on the grass verge and in the hedge, therefore on County land.   Photographs taken by Pat Edwards illustrated this, and Cllr. Murray would communicate these to NCC and ask them to deal with the problem.


5.  Financial Report:

The latest bank statement dated 28th November 2016 shows a debit of £171.16 insurance premium and a credit balance of £1,416.55.

Precept for 2017/18:  it was agreed to leave the precept at £700.00, although it was mentioned that the County and Parish/Town elections in May could possibly incur a high charge if there were to be more candidates than the six permitted for this Parish.   In this event, the cost would not be known until October, but NCC would allow time for payment.

Cllrs. Edward Brown, Helen and Andy Blowers informed the meeting that they would not be standing for re-election in May.


6.  Planning Application Ref:  16NP0097:

Permission had been granted for raising the height of the boundary wall between Westnewton House and the U1118 road.


7.  Byway open to all traffic at Yeavering:

Cllr. Helen Blowers had gone into this in detail, and considered that the PC should not withdraw its objection to this road’s definition as a BOAT.   The new signs at the top of the road, informing drivers that it is not suitable for motor vehicles, were obviously having an effect since fewer cars had used the road and there had been no reports of any vehicles becoming stuck in the river.   Nevertheless, there was much discussion, and a unanimous vote resulted in a decision to uphold the objection.   It was, however, suggested that a Traffic Legislation Order might be imposed restricting access for residents only who live down the lane, and a sign containing the words “deep ford” erected. 


8.  National Park’s objections to removal of certain rural phone boxes:

The National Park had lodged objections to the removal of a number of rural phone boxes including those in Kirknewton village and at Southern Knowe, both due to their isolation and lack of mobile signal.   The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team also opposed the removal.


9.  County Councillor’s Report:

Cllr. Murray had nothing to report from County Hall, but he said that the extension of Wooler churchyard, the Wooler drop-in centre, and the joinery workshops at Haugh Head, are in financial trouble.   The Chairman also commented that the Patchwork centre at Haugh Head is having to close.

The former site of Wooler First School has been sold, and it had been requested that some of the profit should go into the community, but allegedly this will be spent in the south-east of the County.   The former school farm beside the Middle School is on the market.

The former Ryecroft Hotel has been sold to Eric Laidler and is to be converted into bed and breakfast accommodation.   The former Police Station has also been sold for bed and breakfast purposes.


10. Any other business:  none.


11. Date of next meeting:  Tuesday, 21st February 2017, at the Village Hall at 2.00pm.










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