Ellingham, Parish Council meeting

Matters Arising: Litter bins now purchased and will be delivered soon. Grass and verge cutting by Northumberland County Council has been carried out late and to a poor standard with low visibility being a concern for road-users.

 Speed control lights at Chathill – Ellingham Community Trust will retain responsibility for these for the period of guarantee after which Parish Council will adopt as assets. Not many people turned out for litter picking in August. Vegetation overgrowing path opposite Pack Horse – Mrs Cairns to investigate.

Roadcare: The roadside sink on road behind Village Hall has since been cleaned out. A job is in the system for broken drains in Golden Close and the one outside number four has been cleared.

 Road from Burnhouses to Doxford Hall – the large and dangerous pothole on roadside has not yet been repaired and this area of road is flooding badly. Given the amount of tourist and farm traffic on the roads at present this is particularly dangerous and requires urgent attention. Local Transport Plan – The item already listed, ie passing place on U2030, is more urgent due to volume of traffic using the road (especially visitors to Ellingham Hall) and large agricultural vehicles.

Planning: Application ref 15/01178/FUL Storage containers, Ellingham Hall – granted. Application ref 15/02801/FUL The Hen House, Ellingham Lane – Councillors have no objections but would prefer to see the windows and doors constructed in hardwood rather than PVC in order to be consistent with existing. Application ref 15/02721/FUL Centre Point Chathill – Councillors have no objections but queried if the height of the wall is consistent with Highways legislation as the wall is adjacent to the public highway.

 Accounts and audit matters: Bank balances: Current account £280.29; number two account £471.50; £1066.89 IAS. Accounts totalling £579.95 approved for payment (includes new litter bins). NB – no invoices received from NCC in respect of 460 bus since July.

 Flooding: Chathill – Clerk to contact NCC regarding site meeting with councillors. Ellingham – A further quote from approved NCC contractor came in at £155,000 as opposed to NCC quote of £195,000. After considerable discussion, due to the high cost and the absence of any government funding councillors regrettably decided that this project should be put on hold for the foreseeable future.