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Wooler Parish Council: Turbine battle rumbles on

A long-running saga over a controversial wind-turbine scheme continues to cause issues in Wooler.

Robert Tait’s bid to build a 24.5-metre turbine at Highburn House Country Holiday Park were approved in January 2013. A neighbour’s appeal was dismissed in December.

The developer has now applied to discharge a condition imposed when the plans were approved relating to the conducting of a TV-reception survey.

Coun Anthony Murray said: “I will be complaining and I have complained to county, because I believe the developers have taken us to the cleaners on this.

“Condition 12 didn’t specify they had to take tests in houses, but that was what the committee meant. They have done a baseline study, but that does not mean certain properties will not be affected.

“I have made my stance very clear to the planning committee and I will continue to do so to get what I see as a fair deal for the local residents.”

DIFFICULT TO SEE AN EASY SOLUTION

Members felt that it was difficult to provide an answer to complaints about car parking near the middle school on Saturday mornings when the Glendale League junior football is played there.

Coun Murray pointed out that the league is the lifeline of the school canteen, putting extra money into the service.

PARAMEDIC FEARS PARTLY ALLAYED

The council previously expressed concerns about Wooler paramedics having to cover for meal breaks and the like in Belford and Berwick, leaving the village temporarily without a service.

Apparently, this is only in the case of major incidents, but someone from the ambulance service is to come to a future meeting.

VACANCY OPENS UP ON PARISH COUNCIL

Chairman of the council, Colin Burn, announced that the previous chairman Alan Robertson had stood down from the council and would not be returning.

Members agreed to look at co-opting a new member and will advertise for anyone interested to come forward and offer their services.

FESTIVE PERIOD QUIET FOR POLICE

PC Daniel Perry told the January meeting there had been five crimes, including one assault, in Wooler since the previous meeting on December 16, but four had been detected.

He said that there was a total of 58 incidents, down from 65 last year, adding that Christmas and New Year went well from a police point-of-view.

 

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