Beadnell Parish Council

Beadnell Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman
Beadnell Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman

At the latest meeting of Beadnell Parish Council, members heard restoration of the lime kilns is now complete.

A meeting was held with Simon Lee, from the National Trust, to discuss possible access to the top as a viewing platform but at present, due to health and safety issues, this cannot be accommodated.

All public rights of way in Beadnell parish have now been walked and a report will be sent to Northumberland County Council highlighting any issues raised.

Thanks were given to the Beadnell Community Volunteers for their continued hard work erecting the Christmas lights around the village and to the Craster Arms for once again providing the Christmas trees on the Bull Ring.

A report by AONB officers said a date is to be arranged for another session of clearing the sea buckthorn behind Dunes Courts and the Wamses. All volunteers welcome. A fence is to be erected at the dunes in the car park to prevent erosion. Grass cutting will also need to be reduced to a small area behind the food and ice cream vans, to enable the regrowth of marram grass. The problem of grass cuttings being thrown over fences by residents onto the dunes is to be investigated with the possibility of fines being incurred.

The meeting heard it was apparent in the latest draft of the Core Strategy that previous comments made by the parish council and others have been taken on board and changes made.

Unfortunately, parts of the economic section still show a reliance on tourism, with a forecast of employment in hotels, restaurants and recreation expanding by 35 per cent, adding around 4,100 jobs by 2031, but the strategy is designed to cover the whole county, not just this area.

However, there is still a presumption that house building leads to an equal amount of homes which is seldom the case in coastal north Northumberland.

The Core Stretegy aims to increase the proportion of affordable homes to 35 per cent in most developments. However, this has been overtaken by the Government’s recent decision to restrict S106 agreements to sites of 10 developments (five in the AONB) which may have a detrimental effect on the provision of affordable housing locally.

It may be that the Neighbourhood Plan and hopefully the Core Strategy will need to look at other strategies such as permanent residency requirements to combat the ongoing increase in second and holiday homes and help the future sustainability of the area.

Many of the holiday homes are registered as a business and as such qualify for small business rate relief. Of the 357 properties in the parishes of Beadnell, Bamburgh and North Sunderland registered for business rates, 220 of them are in receipt of small business rate relief.

Some 420 completed responses to the North Northumberland Castal Area Neighbbourhood Plan have been received following the circulation of the questionnaire to every house in the three parishes and the contesnts are being analysed.

It’s a year since the plan was launched and four public meets have been held and questionnaires circulated to businesses, owners of holiday homes, static caravans and young people. In the coming months, policies that are to be introduced in this area to tackle the unqiue issues faced will be drafted.

An amendment of charges and policy regarding cremation tablet and permissible itemss on graves and memoruial planting was agreed at a special meeting of councillors in December.

Control of dogs and dog fouling on the beach and around the village is an ongoing issue. It is proposed to set up a team to work alongside the dog warden to tackle this problem. A poster will be put in the noticeboards asking for volunteers from around the parish.

The next parish council meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 11, at 6.30pm.