Minutes of meeting held in Beadnell WI Hall. Present: Councillors G Martindale (Chairman) (GM), C Williamson (Vice-chairman) (CW), D Baker (DB), J Hall (JH), J Lumby (JL) and B Patterson (BP) In Attendance: for item 85/15 PC Alan Morton members of the public: seven.
Apologies for absence: County councillor J Woodman and L Gray.
Minutes of the previous meeting were agreed and signed with an addition to minute 79/15 c). A member of the public had reported that Japanese Knot Weed was growing at the corner of The Wynding and the B1340. It has since been confirmed by NCC that they are treating the area for Japanese Knot Weed and have a five-year plan to weedkill twice per year for five years.
Matters Arising from July 8, a) Planning review (minute ref 47/15(a) – NCC have clarified that the 21 day call-in period is flexible and that the head of planning and the chairs of the planning committees do see the full response from the Parish Council and validated planning applications are now being received by the Parish more quickly. b) Ditchburn windfarm (minute ref 101/14; 47/15(b)) – the Community Liaison Group meeting due to be held on July 21, was postponed by the energy company while they consider the emerging policy announcements and clarify a number of key policy changes affecting renewable energy in England. c) Parish councillor vacancy (minute ref 66/15) – no applications had been received. Enquiries were to be made to see if an advertisement could be placed in the Village News. d) Interactive speed signs in Beadnell (minute ref 70/15) – the issue of installing these at Swinhoe was still being investigated along with other options available. e) Dumping of garden waste in the AONB (minute ref 72/15) – the AONB’s Environmental Enforcement Officer is to arrange for letters to be delivered to the houses in the Wamses, Dunes Court, Benthall and Harbour Road advising that enforcement action will be undertaken in response to the fly tipping of garden waste.
Police report: PC Alan Morton reported on five crimes that had taken place in the area. Two involved criminal damage to cars; two were burglaries from farms and one an assault. People had been arrested in connection with four of these crimes.
North Northumberland Coastal Area Neighbourhood Plan: The sub groups were working on producing draft policies taking into consideration the comments received from the public consultation. Funding had been applied for to appoint a planning consultant to assist in writing the plan. A public meeting was to be held before Christmas to consult on the draft plan.