CEMETERY PLOTS RUNNING OUT
Belford’s limited cemetery space needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, with just 12 plots remaining in the village.
Coun Reg Carruthers said: “It’s important for the graveyard to continue for Belfordians and also their families who want to visit relatives’ graves.”
County representatives have visited the cemetery and are currently preparing a briefing note for the parish council, listing the options going forward.
Chairman Coun Brenda Stanton told members: “They do not have a big pot of money that we can use to build an extension to the graveyard, but apart from that they were quite positive.
“They can find out whether compulsory pitches is a possibility or whether a loan would be an option.
“There’s a possibility that the council might have some land that can be used.
“County are going to come back with suggestions so we will wait for their briefing note and discuss the next step.”
FOUR VACANCIES ON THE PARISH COUNCIL
A new vacancy has arisen on the parish council following the resignation of Karon Ives. There are now four vacancies. Anyone wishing to become a member can contact the clerk, Isabel Hunter, at isabel.hunter31@btinter net.com or go to a meeting, held in the Bell View centre at 7pm on the third Thursday of every month.
BT SHOULD KNOW OF SMASHED BOX
The parish council is to contact BT about the telephone box at The Meadows. Coun Chris Rosby said: “It’s literally smashed to bits, inside and out. BT should have a record of whether it is used or not. I think we need to inform them of the state of it and ask for their advice. It makes the place look vandalised.”
FUEL STOLEN FROM DETCHANT
A substantial amount of red diesel was stolen from Detchant Farm overnight between Wednesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 29. PC Kyle Currie told members: “It was a substantial amount and would have required a large vehicle to take it away.” Investigations are ongoing, but no suspects have yet been identified.
PARISH ‘APPALLED’ BY POST-16 CUTS
Councillors expressed their disappointment at the county’s decision to stop funding post-16 transport to school. Coun Geoff O’Connell said: “I was appalled to see this happen, I think it’s a dire decision.” Coun Stanton added: “We made a very strong objection, but it doesn’t appear to have carried any weight.”