Belford Parish Council round-up

Belford including Blue Bell Hotel
Belford including Blue Bell Hotel

The parish council has decided to increase its precept after overspending this year, however, residents shouldn’t see much difference in their bill.

After freezing it for the last three years, the parish council wants to raise its precept from £7,700 to £9,000 after a predicted overspend of around £1,000 from April 2014-15.

Vice-chairman Reg Carruthers said: “We are not going to have anything to carry over from this year because we had a few big, one-off expenses like buying the concrete pad and taking a bus shelter down.”

Coun Tracy Bell said: “I think in the times we are living in we are going to have to increase it.”

Chairman Brenda Stanton explained: “In actual fact, the residents aren’t paying anymore than they are now because they won’t have the special charge and the precept, they will just have the precept.”

The council also decided from now on it would only consider outside requests for donations once a year, when it knew what money it had left.

• A public meeting to discuss Belford’s neighbourhood plan will be held at 6.30pm on February 10. Coun Robbie Redpath is producing a poster which will be displayed around the village in due course with the details. Brenda Stanton and John Woodman had met Easington residents, who decided not to be involved.

• A drop-in event to find out more about Northumberland County Council’s core strategy will take place at the Bell View centre in Belford on Wednesday, January 21, from 9am to noon, and at the community centre in Stone Close, Seahouses, from 12-4pm on January 7. The parish has until February 13 to submit its views.

• Brenda Stanton, who represents the parish council on the Peregrini-Lindisfarne board, said that the project was waiting for the official go-ahead from the lottery after being awarded a £1.3million grant. The project manager vacancy has been advertised and the board hopes to appoint someone by January 30.