Fountain group hits back at critical comment

An artist's impression of proposed fountain monument in Wooler.
An artist's impression of proposed fountain monument in Wooler.

The group aiming to install a monument to the former fountain in the centre of Wooler has hit back at a comment made by a councillor.

At the October meeting of Wooler Parish Council, during a discussion on the planning application, Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh said: “I think it’s underhand, because you (the chairman) wanted to go to a meeting to find out more and you never got an invite.”

A statement from the group points out that the council’s minutes from the September meeting say that ‘Coun Donkin will be invited to the group’s next meeting’.

It continues: ‘We have not had a meeting since August 26 and that is why the chairman, Mr Donkin, has not yet been invited. We intend to hold another meeting once we receive further feedback from the planning department and Mr Donkin will receive an invitation when this is arranged.

‘We have not and never will be underhand, we are an honourable group of people working in an open and transparent way with the parish council and are now concerned as to the negative publicity this may have given our cause. We would request an apology from Coun Hindmarsh and hope this is a personal view and not one which is held by other councillors’.