Belford Parish Council

Journey’s end for station?

Villagers could be near journey’s end in the campaign to re-open their railway station.

The £1.5million project is through to the fourth round of funding applications to the Government, with high hopes of success.

Stalwart campaigner Coun Geoff O’Connell gave the news to parish councillors, who endorsed his draft letter of support for the county council-coordinated project.

Since the station closed in 1968, travellers have had to go five miles to Chathill to catch a train. Twice a day, local services go to Belford to turnaround, but nobody can alight or board there because there is no platform.

Coun O’Connell, who has been pressing for a rail revival at Belford for about 13 years, said an application was to be made on Monday for a government grant.

A station at Belford would be ideal for tourists visiting Bamburgh and Holy Island and could give Belford’s economy a huge boost.

No objections to more time

No objections have been raised by members to an extension of time for development of holiday cabins at Easington Farm. Coun O’Connell said it was a little-known fact that the hamlet of Easington had 2,500 inhabitants in 1830. An application for an extension at The White Cottage, Warenton, has been withdrawn.

Shop approaches were rejected

Members are opposed to conversion of a shop to a home after hearing commercial users had been turned away.

The property at 5A High Street is described in the application as redundant, but Coun O’Connell said approaches by a community group and a trader wanting to open a pet food shop were rejected.

Support for unit status quo

Councillors are calling for Berwick’s suspended maternity service run by midwives to be reinstated.

Coun Brenda Stanton told members she would relay their view to

a public meeting at Bell View set to take place yesterday. She said about 30 children a year were born to village families.

Cash reward for dishing the dirt

A £25 reward should be offered for information leading to conviction of owners who fail to pick up after their dogs, Coun O’Connell said. Members heard dog fouling was a constant problem and would spoil pleasant walks as people went out more in spring. County dog wardens will be asked to focus on the village.