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Wooler Parish Council round-up

Illustrative purposes only: One of the possible options for housing in Horsdonside following the consultation event.

Illustrative purposes only: One of the possible options for housing in Horsdonside following the consultation event.

Planning permission has been given to the scheme to build new housing on the site of the closed-down sheltered-housing complex Horsdonside.

The chairman, Coun Colin Burn, told members that demolition work is due to start in October with a view to building the new homes next summer.

• The chairman thanked Richard Waters for his efforts in organising the First World War exhibition in St Mary’s Church. Mr Waters was at the August meeting to update members on what was happening.

“I thought the service on Sunday, August 3, was very good for the town,” he said. “I believe the exhibition has received good reviews. A lot of visitors have seen it. A lot of people have expressed opinions on the schoolwork that has been produced, such as the poetry, saying how good it is.”

Mr Waters explained that there was a suggestion of compiling an anthology of the children’s work and an application is being made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the publication of this and the book Mr Waters is working on, based on his research of the names on Wooler’s memorial.

The exhibition is set to run until November 2018 for around three or four months each year.

• Members agreed that the future use of the police station should be looked at. Coun Anthony Murray said that it would be a shame if the building was not in community use when the police leave. Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh said that the Glendale Gateway Trust is already in discussions with the police.

• An ongoing run of repairs to public seating in the village is set to start now that costs have been agreed. The parish council is to pay £23.76 plus VAT for every three boards, although most benches only need one or two replacing, and labour is to cost £9 an hour. The first seats to be repaired are those in Scott’s Park.

• Members put forward suggestions as to sites that could be used for dark-sky discovery evenings as part of ongoing work to see if Wooler could become a Dark Sky Town. Among those suggested were the Ponds car park on Wooler Common, the Kettles and, looking slightly further afield, Lilburn Tower.

 

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