Wooler Parish Council

ROAD-SAFETY FEARS FOR ACCESS

Members had no objections to two proposed housing plans, but had concerns about road safety in both cases.

Plans to build two new one-and-a-half-storey properties near the Milk Bar by the Riverside would see a new access built onto the A697, which concerned a majority of the councillors.

While they appreciated that the new access was within the 30mph signs on the entrance to the village from the south, they pointed out that a number of vehicles are still travelling at a high speed up until the bend before the Peth.

A scheme for around 42 bungalows and nine houses along with approximately 30 0ver-50s flats and 12 holiday lodges off Weetwood Road was welcomed by members as a help to the housing shortage, but again they were wary of the proposed access, which is on a bend outside of the 30mph limit.

Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh appreciated that the applicant had held a consultation and taken views into consideration.

CLEANER NEEDED FOR PARK TOILETS

A new cleaner is needed for the toilets in Scott’s Park, but any applicant needs to be self-employed so the parish council doesn’t need to pay national insurance and the like. Members are also keen to push forward on the plans for new picnic benches, but are waiting for another quote from a local tradesman.

WHERE CAN YOU SIT IN WOOLER?

Councillors had been around and about the village checking the condition of the public seats and benches. Most members said they found that there were a number of missing or extra benches when compared with the list provided by the county council, so chairman Alan Robertson is to draw up a definitive list.

PREPARING FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

It may only be June, but councillors want to ensure that the village’s Christmas lights go off without a hitch this year.

They are looking for an electrician to check all the circuit boxes, particularly along High Street, and who will also be able to install the lights on St Mary’s Church clock tower when the time comes.

PUSHING FORWARD ON NEW PLAY PARK

The final quote for the new play equipment at Bryson’s Park came to £16,890 with £15,000 of funding already in place.

Members agreed to use their own reserves to pay for the difference and for the removal of the existing equipment, rather than taking funds from the ring-fenced skatepark fund.