Funding for youth centre
Members agreed to provide £200 of funding to Wooler Youth Drop-In Centre to go towards the provision of a counsellor who advises youngsters on various issues. Guy Richardson, from the services, told the meeting that external funding had dried up and they were putting in £1,850 of their own funds alongside a bid for £500 from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest.
He explained that while their building’s lease had previously been £1 per year, it may now rise to £3,000 and with the end of lottery funding in 2016, the service would be broke.
A very busy year for members
In her annual report, outgoing chairman Coun Hindmarsh reflected on the busy year, dealing with issues of housing, schools and buses as well as work on both parks and the Diamond Jubilee events.
Police dealing with park vandalism
PC Andy Clark said that police are in the process of dealing with the youths involved with vandalism at Scott’s Park. Coun Anthony Murray said that it was best left to the police to deal with, adding the council had done what it could.
Parish involved in commemoration
The parish has been invited to send a representative to take part in the Civil Service of Solemn Celebration in Branxton in September as part of the Flodden 500 celebrations. Wooler’s theme will be Gateway to the Cheviots.
Improvements to park in hand
Members are to hold a separate meeting to discuss all the details and quotes for a new play park at Bryson’s Park, made possible by a £10,000 grant, with the hope of installing it for the summer holidays.