Wooler Parish Council round-up

Wooler's High Street.
Wooler's High Street.
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Members of Wooler Parish Council agreed to ask the county council for the time limit for the parking bays on High Street to be extended to two hours.

The current limit is 45 minutes. A letter to the parish council on the issue from trader Glen McWilliams said they had seen ‘a significant downturn’ in trade due to visitors being caught out.

Councillors want the name for the new homes being built to remain as Horsdonside following a suggestion from Four Housing for a new name.

Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh pointed out that the existing bungalows will still be called Horsdonside and a new name would merely cause confusion.

Members are to hold a meeting with county-council representative, Peter Rutherford, to find out more about creating a neighbourhood plan.

Coun Hindmarsh said: “We do have permission, but the niggling doubt is that we do need commitment.”

The registration process for the land in the Market Place, where the recently-approved fountain monument is to be sited, is likely to take around three of four months and cost around £350 to £400.

Invoices for maintenance, such as grass cutting, will be used to prove responsibility for the land.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Andy Pullen, who is responsible for the Wooler area, told members ‘It’s not been one of our best months if I’m being honest’.

Since the previous parish council meeting, there had been reports of criminal damage to two properties on High Street – the butcher’s and a private address. However, these had actually taken place prior to the January meeting.

In the past month, there were also two incidents of shoplifting from the Co-op, one of more than £100 of alcohol which resulted in the charge of a well-known travelling criminal and another of £1-worth of chocolate.

Elsewhere, there was a theft to the value of £3 from a shop on Golden Square, damage to a wooden gate on Glendale Road and someone, suspected to be a member of staff, stole a joint of beef from a freezer at their workplace.

There was also an incident the previous week in which a car hit a parked vehicle outside the church and drove off.