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A PUBLIC meeting could be held to discuss a controversial windfarm scheme.

Chairman Coun Scott Dickinson has made a request to County Hall for a meeting so that residents can hear the ‘full story’ about Peel Energy’s bid for 13 turbines between Hadston and Widdrington.

The company has said that the turbines are the first phase of the wider Blue Sky Forest (BSF) project, led by the Widdrington Regeneration Partnership (WRP) for leisure and tourism facilities, and Peel adds that the turbines ‘will play an important role in stimulating the wider BSF development proposals’.

However, objectors have questioned this and Coun Dickinson claims residents have been misled.

“I don’t feel that residents are being told the full story so I have asked for a public meeting,” said Coun Dickinson.

His comments follow the return of feedback forms which were distributed to residents within the East Chevington parish.

Almost 100 were returned, with the majority of people against the windfarm.

Coun Glen Sanderson, ward member for Chevington with Longhorsley, said that he has ‘always’ been against the turbines and the amount of objection to the scheme would make it more difficult for approval to be granted.

A PLEA for a company to foot part of the bill for CCTV work at Hadston Shopping Precinct has once again fallen on deaf ears, after another parish council funding request has been rebuffed.

The parish council recently paid for the renewal of the camera system’s maintenance contract, as well as replacing faulty cameras, and subsequently asked Thrower Stone Group – which owns the site – to contribute towards the cost.

At last month’s meeting, clerk John Douglas told members that the company refused, blaming current economic difficulties and stating it had spent just short of £5,000 on improving lighting in the communal areas – a response which angered parish councillors.

After the March meeting, Mr Douglas sent another email to the company, once again asking it to make ‘some contribution towards the costs incurred’, which he described as ‘quite substantial’ to the parish council.

But once more, the company has resisted, saying it cannot commit any funds, blaming its ‘weak financial position’.

A Thrower Stone representative told Mr Douglas that if the situation improves, then the company will no doubt be in a ‘better position’ to assist.

Coun Kay Morris described the situation as ‘ridiculous’.

The company said that it had arranged to jet-wash the paving at the Precinct, following complaints from members.

But councillors have moaned that only one of three lights in the car park are working.

WORK could re-start on the creation of new allotments at North Broomhill.

The project had stalled after social housing repairs and maintenance provider Mears said it could not afford to continue with the scheme, after it had installed one strip of fencing.

But on Monday night, members agreed to fund the rest of the project from the parish council’s reserve kitty, to a maximum of £6,000.

Coun Dickinson said: “It is the parish council’s champion piece and it will be a legacy for East Chevington.”

CONCERNS have been raised about speeding motorists throughout East Chevington parish.

North Broomhill and Red Row were highlighted as problem areas, and a call has been made for action.

It was suggested to seek advice from the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative.

SCHOOLCHILDREN are trampling the garden at Hadston House Youth and Community Building, members heard.

Coun Fred Thurgood said: “They are running all over it. They climb the wall, they get on top of the fence. They are using it as a playground.”

Coun Dickinson said that the Hadston House Youth and Community Projects Ltd board would deal with the issue.

A COUNCILLOR has called for a development site to be tidied up before an application to extend the time limit for planning permission is granted.

The bid has been made to Northumberland County Council for the third phase of the Park View housing scheme to be given more time.

But Coun Thurgood said: “The site should be cleared first before a time extension is granted. It is an absolute disgrace. It is covered in all sorts of rubbish.”

No objections were raised to a further two planning applications.

The first was for the installation of 26 solar panels on the roof of the Coquet Children’s Centre.

The second was for a single-storey side extension at a Park Close property, in North Broomhill.

TWO swing seats are being ordered for Broomhill Park. The current ones have been removed for safety reasons, because of the state they were in.

l THE council is to write to DP Builders, calling for action or an indication of the company’s plans for the former Petticas Garage site in Red Row. Coun Kay Morris described its current appearance as ‘spoiling the village’.

l A REQUEST has been made for seats by the side of the pavilion at Red Row Welfare to be cleaned and repainted.

l THE next meeting will take place on Monday, May 14, at Hadston Youth and Community Building.