Wooler Parish Council

Gullies to be cleaned out

The gullies in Wooler were due to be cleaned out yesterday by the county council after concerns had been raised.

Drains on private land and the public sewerage system are the responsibility of Northumbrian Water, but the county council is responsible for the gullies, which drain highways.

Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh told the meeting that some of the gullies in Wooler are in a state, as unfortunately the county council now prioritises them on a traffic-light system.

Drains in areas prone to flooding are ranked as red and are cleaned four times per year.

Amber drains include strategic routes and are cleaned once a year, while green gullies, including those in Wooler, are only cleaned once every two years.

However, the county team was due to be in the village yesterday morning.

Members were arranging for cones to be placed over the drains, particularly in High Street, so that cars did not park over the top of them.

BARRIER TO BE INSTALLED IN PARK

Members were told that the county council had no objections to the installation of a barrier of some kind to prevent children from running or cycling into the road at Bryson Park and there is money left in the budget to install one. A new cleaner has been found to take over when the Scott’s Park toilets open again.

SUPPORT FOR FLATS FOR THE ELDERLY

Plans to construct four new flats in West Mansfield House were welcomed, although there was slight concern about the external staircase.

Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh said: “I think it’s an excellent development especially the position that it’s in and they are specifically going to be for elderly people.”

ARRESTS AFTER CO-OP BURGLARY

PC Andy Clark told members that there had been seven crimes in Wooler since the last time he updated them, the main one being a burglary at the Co-op at the start of the month. Police in the area were carrying out a rural crime operation on the night in question and three men were arrested and remanded in custody.

PRECEPT WILL NOT GO UP NEXT YEAR

The parish council agreed to maintain the precept at the same level for the year 2014/15.

This year, the precept had risen by more than £2,000, but it had previously been at £10,500 for several years.

Members felt confident that they would be able to keep spending within the current limits.