Rothbury Parish Council

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Interest in taking over loos

Expressions of interest have been made into taking over Rothbury’s defunct Riverside toilets.

The facilities were closed by Northumberland County Council and were listed for demolition.

As part of changes in local government, the county offered the running of the toilets to the parish but the cost to make them adhere to disability guidelines was too high.

Concerns about their closure have been raised by residents and at last week’s monthly parish meeting Coun Bridgett anounced that there has been interest in them.

He said: “ The property team at County Hall has had two expressions of interest from individuals into the use of the facilities that are there currently.

“And I believe the county council has a meeting arranged with these people but I don’t know any details.”

Coun Bridgett is also compiling information on how much they would cost to run.

OBJECTION TO PLANS FOR FIVE HOUSES

Coun Bridgett told the meeting he has objected to plans for five detached homes at Silverton Lane. He said: “My biggest concern is there is no provision of affordable housing.” He added that he has asked for the application to be referred to the planning committee and he will speak in objection.

DRILLING ONGOING AT LANDSLIP SITE

Three drilling rigs are continuing to work on the landslip road at Cragend.

The meeting heard that there will not be one solution to the problems and a number of methods will be used to fix the road.

Coun Bridgett added: “It is not going to be a quick fix and we want the work to be done properly so it will take time.”

BROADBAND BOXES ARE MOVING IN

Markings have been made to show where new cabinets will be put for broadband in Rothbury and Thropton.

Four will be in Rothbury – next to Soulsby’s, on Station Road, between Knocklaw and Whitton View and on Hillside. There will also be one at Thropton at the old bus stop.

NEW BUS SHELTER IS ON ITS WAY

An agreement to put a bus shelter in Rothbury has now been signed.

Delays had been caused because the shelter is to be attached to the Queen’s Head Hotel, but it is owned by Punch Taverns which meant communication had to be dealt with by them.

It is hoped that work will move on quickly.