Beadnell Parish Council, March meeting

Beadnell bay
Beadnell bay

At the March meeting of Beadnell Parish Council, members heard that the Ditchburn windfarm planning submission to Northumberland County Council has been put back to May.

The AONB cancelled the sea buckthorn removal day due to adverse weather conditions which would have prevented the burning of it on the beach. A date will be re-arranged for later in the year.

The dead and rotten trees in the cemetery have now been removed and others pruned, making the cemetery much tidier. A new compound is to be built in the autumn to store top soil.

It was suggested that the parish council register an interest with the Woodland Trust to receive a number of its free trees to be planed in and around the village and cemetery.

A request for the planting of more daffodils in the cemetery and around the village was also raised and the Beadnell Community Volunteers have offered to add this to the agenda of their next meeting as a possible task for them to undertake. The parish council will supply the bulbs.

The replacement war memorial seats have been delivered and installed.

A meeting was held to discuss the transfer of the two play areas in the village. However, there are several outstanding issues to be investiated by Northumberland County Council before any further action can be taken.

A member of the public drew the parish council’s attention to an article which appeared on the North East Sea Angling website in connection with Beadnell harbour.

The sum of £120 was agreed to be divided equally between Northumberland Theatre Company, Northumbrian CAB and the Great North Air Ambulance.

The seating policy is to be amended to specify that all replacement benches and picnic tables are to be black or brown in colour.

A request was made that the grass cutters allow the daffodils time to wither and be completely nourished at the end of their flowering period before the grass around them is cut. It was agreed that new bulbs would be planted around the village in areas where grass cutting is not necessary.

Confirmation to approach the county council community chest was sought to inquire about funds towards the purchase of the Heritage Trail signage. There are to be two signs erected in the car parks showing areas of interest and facilities around the village.

It has been noticed that the wood on several of the picnic benches is rotting and the Beadnell Community Volunteers have asked if the parish council would like them to add their replacement to the agenda of their next meeting. This offer was kindly accepted.

The next meeting of the parish council is on Wednesday, May 13, at 6.30pm in the WI Hall, Beadnell.