Belford Parish Council

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Progress on fund documentThe council hopes to have a final draft of the Community Benefit Fund document, related to the application for the Belford Burn windfarm, soon.

Applicants Energiekontor UK Ltd had provided a draft document for the parish council to consider and it had been agreed that Coun Geoff O’Connell should show the draft to his friend, a solictor who deals with these documents.

“The way it was originally drafted was like a leaky sieve,” he said, although he did admit it was a standard document format that had been used.

County councillor John Woodman asked whether the area of the ‘community’ was defined as other affected parishes may feel that they had a claim.

If the windfarm were approved, it could be worth £2.25million to £2.8million over the 25-year lifespan.

Martin Straker, who owns land near the site, wanted reassurance that any decision would be taken at a public meeting.

SUPPORT FOR LIGHTS FUND AND CHURCH

Members agreed to make a donation to Erskine United Reformed Church of £100, the same as is given to St Mary’s. They also agreed to donate £200 to the Christmas Lights Fund. Coun Reg Carruthers, who runs the lights team, said that they had bought new lights to take the display down to the chip shop this year.

MORE INFORMATION NEEDED ON PLANS

Councillors were wary about a scheme for a new detached garage/garden store at Old Shepherds Cottage, saying that they needed more detailed drawings. They also called for more information on a scheme to remove hedgerows at Sunnyhills of Belford as they were unsure as to the location and extent.

BENCHES ALL SET FOR REPAIRS

The council had received two quotes for repairing and painting all of the public benches in the parish following an audit.

The cheaper quote, which members agreed to take up, was for £25 per bench for the 20 seats that belong to the parish. Coun Karon Ives thought she had found another bench, but it was in Easington.

PATH OWNERSHIP TO BE CLARIFIED

Coun Ives said she had been informed by the county council that the overgrown paths near the football club, which the council wanted to adopt so that they could be cleared, in fact belonged to the club, which has folded for the moment. Members agreed to make Land Registry searches to clear up the issue.