Belford Parish Council: May meeting round-up

Cragmill Quarry at Belford.
Cragmill Quarry at Belford.

Members have offered their support to a bid by Cemex to expand its site at Cragmill Quarry, pointing out that it is a key employer and that the firm has made efforts to mitigate the impact of its operations. The council also supports plans to change The Wooden Toy Shop into a café/restaurant and to renovate the outside of 47 West Street.

Timber route still in place

The parish council’s attempts to prevent timber lorries from using West Street and North Bank have so far been unsuccessful.

The North East Timber Transport Group (NETTG) and Northumberland County Council launched an agreed routes map for the industry last September to try to protect rural roads and communities, but members previously raised concerns about the use of the route through the village.

Andrew Douglas, from the county council, told last Thursday’s meeting that he put the case to the NETTG, but was told it wasn’t a good-enough case and it will remain an agreed route for now.

“If it wasn’t a B road, but a U road, we would probably have a stronger case,” he said.

The next step is to carry out some traffic and speed counts in the village as well as to use cameras to ascertain where the wagons are coming from, from the west.

Some councillors were unsure about the justification for trying to limit the timber lorries, but not other HGVs.

Vehicle and tools stolen in village

There had been three recorded crimes in the village since the beginning of April, according to an update provided by police. Tools were stolen from a construction site at Coastal Grains on Station Road, a motor vehicle was stolen from the rear of High Street and a compound was broken into, also on Station Road.

Chairman back in for another year

Coun Brenda Stanton was re-elected as chairman of the parish council and Coun Reg Carruthers was elected as vice chairman.

Coun Robbie Redpath has stepped down as a parish councillor due to other commitments, which means that there are now four vacancies on the council, which are to be advertised.

Council keen for seating work

Members are keen for work to repair the benches in the village to be carried out as soon as possible. The work was agreed with a local contractor two years ago, but no repairs have taken place yet. It comes as the Belford Community Group had offered to pay someone else to carry out the work.