Belford Parish Council

Progress on £7.5m fund

Belford Parish Council is close to signing a document to ensure that, if Energiekontor gets the go-ahead to build a nine-turbine wind farm at Belford Burn, money from the community fund would benefit the village.

However, this does not mean that the parish council is supporting the scheme. Chairman Coun Brenda Stanton said: “It is not because we are stating in anyway that we are in favour of it. We are remaining neutral until after the public meeting.

“If we sign the document it’s because Energiekontor has to have someone to sign. It doesn’t mean that we are backing it, it’s just an insurance for the community that should it go through the money would come to Belford, not somewhere further out like Alnwick or Berwick.” Coun Geoff O’Connell added: “It’s not committing us one way or another, it’s merely part of the planning process.”

Should the Belford Burn scheme be approved, Belford could benefit from £310,000 per year, a total of around £7.5million over 25 years.

CYCLE RACKS TO BE ORDERED

The council is to order four cycle racks for the village. One will be positioned outside the doctors’ surgery, with another outside the reading rooms. Coun O’Connell will ask owners of the Blue Bell Hotel if one can be positioned in front of it, while the location of the fourth rack has still to be decided.

REGISTER NOW FOR FASTER BROADBAND

The council is encouraging residents to register their interest with BT for wanting better, quicker broadband coverage – the more that register the better.

The parish will also ask Northumberland County Council where Belford fits in the project to extend superfast broadband to the county.

HEALTH FAIR AT BELL VIEW NEXT MONTH

Chairman Brenda Stanton reminded councillors that a health fair was being held in the Bell View Centre on November 20. There will be demonstrations with head massages and other complementary therapies available.

The Belford health fair takes place a week after one at Seahouses, on November 13.