Wooler Parish Council round-up: Gritting, defibrillators and parking problems

Councillors in Wooler were furious that the county council boss responsible for winter services refused to speak to them over changes to priority gritting routes.

During a meeting about the village’s snow plan, members felt that the priority gritting routes for the village should be adjusted, but a response to their letter said that the officer would not be able to attend a parish meeting and that it was too late this winter to look at making any changes.

As well as ‘being ignored by County Hall’, members are extremely aggrieved at the lack of gritting of any pavements and footpaths in the village, specially as many of the routes are on hills.

In terms of the snow plan, the parish council would be keen to hear from more volunteers who would be willing to be on call to buy shopping or pick up prescriptions for elderly people in the case of heavy snow.

Anyone interested should contact the council clerk Linzi Reid by email to woolerparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk or 01668 281953.

• Members agreed to buy a defibrillator for the centre of Wooler, although the exact location is yet to be agreed. The parish council has £600 which was raised at the carol service, while the doctors’ fund has donated £500. That funding will allow them to team up with The Stephen Carey Fund for the device.

• Concerns were raised about the situation on Ramsay Lane, with parked vehicles on the bend, particularly larger ones, causing a problem for other motorists. While double yellow lines were mentioned, it was agreed that a better solution would be to widen the road so that people could still park there.

• The festive period had been ‘very, very good from a policing point of view’, PC Andy Clark said, although there had been two reports of criminal damage and one of fuel being syphoned from a vehicle. He added that the man who left the Black Bull without paying, sparking a rescue effort, had been identified.

• Concerns were raised about the situation on Ramsay Lane, with parked vehicles on the bend, particularly larger ones, causing a problem for other motorists. While double yellow lines were mentioned, it was agreed that a better solution would be to widen the road so that people could still park there.