Proposals to use school site for burial space

Wooler First School
Wooler First School

The possibility of using some of the Wooler First School site to expand the churchyard, which is running short of graves, is to be investigated.

It comes as discussions are ongoing around the move of the first school onto the Glendale Middle School amid efforts to increase links between the two schools.

It has been worked out that the two schools could share that site with minimal alterations and the governing bodies are aiming to pursue this for September.

This would free up the first-school site and a meeting is due to take place between parish councillors and the county council’s head of development services, Karen Ledger, about the future of the site.

However, at the March meeting of Wooler Parish Council, members heard that Rev Bob Burston, of St Mary’s Church, had raised the issue of the graveyard approaching capacity, with around 60 spaces left at present.

On average, about 13 or 14 burials take place each year.

The parish council is to back a suggestion that some of the school site is used to expand the churchyard, although Coun Anthony Murray warned that the financial value would be a key consideration for the county council.

Community bid for police station

The police in Wooler are due to move from their current building into new premises inside the Cheviot Centre.

Members are keen that a future use of the building for the benefit of the community should be explored. A community right to bid would give the council six months to look at the potential uses and see if the finance can be acquired.

One suggested use was to use the old courtroom as museum/exhibition space, while other rooms could be converted into flats or offices.