Rothbury Parish Council: In brief

TOO DIFFICULT: Councillors have criticised a planning document for being too difficult to understand.

Chairman, Coun Jeff Reynalds, told the meeting that he attempted to summarise the Local Development Framework report from Northumberland County Council.

But he said that it was too complicated, even for parish councillors, despite it being an important document on the future of planning and development in the county.

Coun Reynalds said: “I think we should send them a reply saying it is an enormous document, there is no executive summary and can they please in future give a simple guide to what it is about so that the parish councils can debate them properly.”

CRIME LOW: Crime and anti-social disorder in Rothbury remains low compared to other areas, according to a police volunteer at last week’s meeting.

But the parish council heard that in the last month a rape had been reported to police and two burglaries had taken place at properties in the Hillside area.

Councillors were also told that police are still concerned about the theft of diesel and vehicles from isolated farm areas.

Coun Bridgett asked if it was known if the burglaries had been committed by people from the area or from outside, but no information had been given.

PLAY FUTURE: Discussions are under way with Northumberland Estates about responsibility of the future Whitton View play area.

Coun Bridgett said the Estates is legally responsible for the site under the terms of the Section 106 agreement made when the development was given permission.

Coun Reynalds asked for an advanced copy of what residents would like to see at the play area.

Coun Helen Edes asked if a zipwire which was taken down from the Riverside park could be put at the Whitton View site.

But the meeting was told that the sire is not big enough for it.

Coun Peter Dawson added that residents close to the Riverside would not want it put back there either.

POWER POINT: A questionnaire on electric car charging points in the village has been sent out.

The survey shows a plan of proposed points in the village and responses are to be made by today.

REPAIRS DONE: A hammer on the church clock has been repaired. Railings at the War Memorial have also been fixed after being damaged by a vehicle.

Work is to be done to fix Dunkirk Bridge on the Rothbury to Morpeth road.

The bridge, which is the responsibility of the Armstrongs and National Trust, is due to be completed this year.

Poles at the west end of the High Street need fixing.

JUST BRIILIANT: Congratulations were given to Rothbury Projects for a brilliant Christmas lights display.