Wooler Parish Council round-up

The project officer for the River Till Restoration Strategy has said she would like to see some capital works done this season.

Speaking to Wooler Parish Council, project officer Tracy Hill told members that the strategy, which was published last year, was now in the early implementation stages. “The term restoration, in terms of the strategy, is looking at restoring the natural function of the river as far as possible,” she said

“But, it’s a working river landscape and any restoration measures have to be taken in balance with what people living and working by the river need, so restoration does not adversely effect a flood risk for example, or have a negative impact on productivity of farmers using adjacent land.”

It is unclear when any actual work will begin, as this will depend on a number of factors including conversations with land owners. But Ms Hill said: “Hopefully we will get some bank works done and a management plan for the lower Wooler water.”

• Coun Anthony Murray will speak to Northumberland County Council about the possibility of extra speed signs for South Road. Coun Michael Aitchison, who said that speeding was prevalent along that stretch, believes motorists see it as a bypass to the town and are unaware of the 30mph limit.

• The parish council is to write to businesses on the high street to remind them that they should not dispose of commercial waste in public bins. It comes after a member of the public wrote to the council, bemoaning the amount of litter on the street, and saying some businesses had been seen using the public bins.

• The parish council will tidy up Wooler’s war memorial while it explores long-term options for a complete refurbishment. In the interim, cracks are to be covered and vegetation cut back at the site. Coun Brian Patterson said: “Trying to get grants will take time, but we want it to be cared for in the meantime.”

• Ramsey Lane residents have raised concerns that trees at the back of the street are to be felled as part of the Horsdonside development works. They say they were originally told that the trees, which shield their homes from the site, would stay. But they have since received letters saying the trees are to be cut down.