Acklington Parish Council, March meeting

Acklington Village Hall.
Acklington Village Hall.

At the March meeting of Acklington Parish Council, members were concerned about the potential damage to the bridge as a result of a large tree in the river. The clerk would chase this up with the Environment Agency.

The community team will be carrying out a litter pick betwwen 10am and noon on April 11. It was agreed to carry out the repairs to the playground and site two new seats and new planted on the same day.

An application has been made for change of use of land at Cooksburn Mill, Acklington, for the construction of four new holiday chalets. Councillors are concerned that the current infrastructure of highways is inadequate and will request Northumberland County Council Highways to carry out an assessment of the cumulative effects of developments in the area on the roads.

The clerk provided details of 19 e-learning modules designed for councillors and clerks that could be accessed for free.

Councillors have been invited to share their views on a county council draft local flood risk strategy for Northumberland. The consultation will close on Friday, April 24.

Members were unable to support a request for financial support from the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, due to financial constraints.

Correspondence has been received from Mr Traynor at The Old Shunthouse raising concerns regarding the creation of a footpath from The Railway Inn to Acklington Mart which the county council had said was put in place following a request from the parish council.

Members clarified that the request from the parish council was actually for the footpath from the Railway into the village and it appeared that the work had been done on the wrong side of the bridge. Coun Newton would reply to Mr Traynor to this effect.

Trees at the roadside near the junction towards the Guyzance Memorial appeared in a dangerous condition, undercut with roots exposed on the verge. The clerk would report this to county council highways, requesting the safety of the trees be surveyed.

There was a further request for property numbers to be added to the street signs at Fieldhouse Close as there was still a lot of confusion from delivery drivers attending properties.

The footpath running parallel to the B6345, Broomhill to Acklington, was extremely narrow due to the verges on either side of it and required edging. The clerk is to put a request to the county council for the work.

The next meeting of the parish council is on Tuesday, May 3, at 7.30pm in Acklington Village Hall.