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Pathway sparks right of way row

PEDESTRIANS have run into problems with cyclists on the village’s new walkway.

The path, which runs alongside the River Coquet is a public bridleway and can be used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and others.

But it has been referred to as a cyclepath and councillors are concerned that bikers are taking liberties along the way.

Coun Murray said: “Cyclists coming down have been shouting abuse at people on the path because they think it is their’s.

“Nearly all the people who use it are over the moon with it.

“The amount of people using the route has gone up 100-fold and it is brilliant to see people enjoying it. But the cyclists are shoving people out of the way.”

Coun Fendley said: “I think the cyclists you are talking about have problems.

“A lot of cyclists use it properly with consideration for others.”

Signs are to be put up to let cyclists know that they do not have the right of way.

Stones which were moved when the work took place on the path have still not been replaced.

Coun Bridgett is to look into the matter.

THE future of parish cluster meetings in Rothbury is in doubt.

Coun Alan Fendley who chaired the last meeting told the parish council that the second meeting, of around 14 parish councils from across Coquetdale, took place with Northumberland County Council providing secretarial support.

But the county will not be providing support for the next meeting in July or any subsequent meetings.

Coun Fendley added that a group of three – a chairman, vice chairman and clerk – is to be set up to help with future meetings.

The next cluster meeting will take place on July 20 at 7.30pm, in the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury.

THE cost and positioning of a bus shelter in Rothbury means the village is unlikely to get one.

Evelyn Wood has sent the parish council and the county council a copy of the petition she has had signed by residents who want a shelter.

But the parish council has said that it is not able to get one for the village in the location that residents want it.

LIGHTS on the new Rothbury bridge will cost around £20,000.

County councillor Steven Bridgett said Peter Brewis and the conservation team at county hall have come up with metal lights on top of the bridge like those at Morpeth.

Coun Robin Murray asked if it would be possible to include charging points on the lights for when community activities want to decorate the village.

GRASS verges have been destroyed as new houses are built in the village, the parish council heard.

Coun Reynalds said new houses are being built on Hillside West but workers have taken up the verge near the houses to put in services but they have not been returned.

The council was unsure what the terms of the planning permission were.

The enforcement officer is to be contacted to see what the situation is.

A MEETING is to take place between the parish council and county council staff about restructuring works on Rothbury’s road bridge.

Chairman of the parish council, Coun Peter Dawson has arranged to meet Peter Brewis, project manager for the scheme to discuss the parish’s concerns.

He said: “He will update us on our concerns and how they arrived at the decisions for the bridge etc, etc, etc.

“We have asked them to appeal against English Heritage’s decision on the plans.”

CONCERN has been raised about the lack of police presence at parish council meetings.

At last week’s meeting councillors were told that the next police community forum meeting was taking place the day after, with councillors unaware of it.

But Coun Fendley said: “I understand that parish council meetings should have a police presence but we haven’t had one for some months.”

Coun Robin Murray added: “We have discussed this a few times especially about not being informed about the meetings.

“They cannot expect people just to drop things.”

MAINTENANCE has been carried out on the church clock.

Coun Dawson said the annual checks had been made and Smiths of Derby, the company which carries out repairs, has asked if there are any hazardous materials in the areas that they work.

Coun Reynalds said that the details have already been sent to the company by the Parochial Church Council.

TREE surgeons are to investigate problems with a tree in the village.

Coun Reynalds said the second one up from the war memorial was in ‘dire’ need of attention.

He said: “One of the branches is broken and is hanging down. If it came down on someone’s head it could be nasty.”

THE next parish council meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 11, at 7.15pm in the Parish Hall.