Rothbury Town Council

HOUSING PLANS PUT ON HOLD

Proposals to extend a Rothbury housing estate have been pulled after concerns were raised.

Coun Bridgett told the meeting that the original plans were put on hold because of concerns regarding the access to the site.

He added: “We are now being told from the planning officers that Northumbrian Water are objecting to it because of drainage facilities.

“I don’t know whether it is because the village or that particular area is near capacity .

“I believe Northumberland Estates are trying to come up with solutions to the problems, but it might be some time.”

Bollards and roads at the Whitton view site have not yet been officially adopted by the county council.

There are still issues concerning street lighting and Northumberland County Council will not take on responsibility until facilities meet a certain standard.

Coun Fendley said: “We have been through a number of developers with this site over the years.”

ROOK REMOVAL ON HOLD UNTIL 2014

The removal of rooks from Rothbury’s village centre is now on hold until next year as the breeding season is over.

A number of attempts have been made to remove the birds from trees in the village centre. Coun Mark Gilson has also been thanked for his efforts in helping to deplete the population.

COUNCIL SHOULD WORK AS A TEAM

Coun Jeff Reynalds called for all members to work as a team. Last month parish councillors received a solicitors’ letter from a member of the public and decided to respond as a council, but one has replied as an individual as well. He said: “It does not seem reasonable for one member to do their own thing.”

STEPPING STONES TO BE REPAIRED

The iconic stepping stones which span the River Coquet at Rothbury’s Riverside are set to be repaired.

Coun Bridgett told the meeting that as long as the river levels remain low, workers will put the stones,which are currently on their sides, back in place so that the walkway can be used again.

PARKING GROUP TO BE STARTED UP

A working group is to be set up to look at the best solutions for parking in Rothbury.

Coun Bridgett will lead the group with representatives from businesses, the parish council, county council and police to discuss what is best for the village. It comes after correspondence from the new county council.