Rothbury Parish Council: May meeting round-up

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Northumberland County Council will continue to operate the Haugh toilets in Rothbury, the parish council heard at it May meeting.

This comes after they were opened last month via ‘emergency measures’. Coun Mark Gilson explained that the quote had come back cheaper from the council compared to the private quotes.

* Council moves to buy new equipment for litter-picking

Rothbury Parish Council is proposing to buy £120-worth of new litter-picking equipment for the area.

The idea was in the mix with other local residents’ plans to clean the surrounding parts of Rothbury as the summer months came closer.

Chairman Coun Mark Gilson said: “I have investigated the purchasing of bags, 10 litter-picking tools, 10 sets of gloves and high-vis vests.”

Coun Gilson told members his quote was for ‘just under’ £100.

He proposed that the council would buy the litter-picking equipment ‘up to the value of £120’.

Coun Gilson hoped they could split the village into teams and the equipment would be looked after by a team leader for each area.

Coun Jeff Reynalds said that the plans were an ‘excellent development’ and all councillors agreed.

Councillors moved to allow the chairman to go and buy the equipment on behalf of the council.

* Long-awaited bus shelter rebuild gets local support

Plans for a long-awaited bus shelter in Rothbury have gained support from local people who want to see it built as quickly as possible.

At last Wednesday’s Rothbury Parish Council meeting, Coun Jeff Reynalds told the council some locals wanted to help with any groundwork.

Coun Reynalds said: “If any groundwork is required, David Curry of Biddleston Edge said he’d do it for free.”

As county councillor Steven Bridgett had sent his apologies to the meeting and had been largely looking into the matter, the council couldn’t move forward with any decisions because it was not confirmed whether any preparatory work needed to be done. The plans were given the funding go-ahead last month after a campaigner tabled the discussions in 2011.

In July of that year, the Gazette reported that a pensioner’s wish for a bus shelter was nearly ready to go. Some four years later, the plans are still dragging on but now have full funding.

* Also discussed at Rothbury Parish Council’s May meeting: Council takes steps forward in Freedom of Information charge