Warkworth Parish Council, March meeting

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The animal welfare officer has received requests from dog walkers for a bin to be located near the entrance of the beach from the car parks.

She noted that dog fouling bags had been left at the entrance.

The clerk informed members at the last meeting of the parish council, which was held earlier this month, that the three bins located in the car park could have stickers attached to them informing of their dual use.

The clerk would also ask that a survey of the bins be carried out by Northumberland County Council which would be able to advise if they were located in the best positions for use.

It was noted that a new bin was required for the car park on The Butts, to be located in the corner.

The whereabouts of the bins that had been located here prior to the flood defence works was unknown.

Following the resignation of Coun Scott, it was agreed that a letter of thanks be sent. The clerk would arrange for the notice of vacancy to be displayed.

In order for a by-election to be held, 10 registered electors from the parish must make a request in writing to the Returning officer at Elections Office, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF, by April 13.

If notice in writing is not forthcoming from 10 electors, then the existing parish councillors may then fill the vacancy by co-option.

Coun Hobrough confirmed that erosion had taken place at The Butts, but this was safe.

The clerk had not yet received a response from Mr Miller who had been asked to undertake the work relating to moles on the bankside.

Coun Wilson said she would speak to Mr Miller as she frequently saw him in the village.

The clerk was awaiting information from the county council on the viability of the external of the Brewery Lane toilets being suitable for the housing of the community Access defibrillator.

The Rights of Way Officer had informed that he was hoping to be able to improve the Castle Steps/Cricket Field path this financial year.

He had put it on the list of projects they would like to carry out in the county.

He would need to obtain consents, permissions and quotes first, so it may take a while to sort out.

The clerk would inquire whether there was anything the parish council could do so assist or speed the process up.

The central tree on South Bank has been pruned as requested.

The clerk had accepted a quotation from the blacksmith of £323 plus VAT to make stainless-steel crooks for the gate on the eastern side of St Lawrence’s churchyard and had instructed him to liaise with the stonemason over the repairs.

The clerk would chase details of the timescale for the works and request that the gateway remain closed for safety reasons.

The clerk had requested the clearing of the gulleys at Wellfield, Castle Street and Bridge Street and she would chase this up.

The clerk would request an inspection of the footpaths at Bridge Street and Castle Street, as well as those at Morwick Road.

Coun Hobrough said that Andy Johnson, education director, would be visiting the first school to give a talk to governors, parents and the community about the consultation on the available options for schools in the Alnwick Partnership.

The clerk informed members of a complaint received via the county council regarding the allotments and unathorised tree felling.

The contact details for the allotment caretaker was supplied.

Coun Hobrough informed the council that no large trees were removed, and the hedge was cut back at the request of the RHS. No further action was required.

The members agreed to donate £50 to the Friends of Alnmouth Station, towards maintaining floral displays at the station.

The council received a donation request from Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum.

It was agreed to invite a representative of the museum to visit the parish council to talk about the work of the museum.

Coun Lilley suggested tree planting at the Stanners in an area where the grass was unable to grow due to vehicles driving over it.

Coun Watson would speak to the contractor who completed the groundworks at the Stanners and this would be returned to the April meeting for an update.

The next Warkworth Parish Council meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday in the Royal British Legion Room, Memorial Hall, Warkworth.