The Haugh public toilets in Rothbury which are now being managed by the parish council, will remain open until Monday, November 2, to ensure the facilities are available during the schools’ half-term holiday the previous week.
A decision on reopening them will be made at a later date and will be impacted by progress on the new play area.
* The parish council recommissioned the toilets after they had been closed for more than two years.
Coun Helen Walklett told members that a meeting with the landowner was due to take place at the start of November about the new play area. After that, the next step will be taking pre-application advice from the county council’s planning department.
Coun Steven Bridgett said that there was positive news on funding.
* Sgt Graham Vickers updated members on crimes in the past month, which included damage to a vehicle in Whitton View, graffiti at a garage workshop and damage to a plant pot outside Tomlinson’s, on Bridge Street.
He also praised the Coquetdale community for its response in the face of tragic events.
He referred to the death of a young man at Harden Quarry, Biddlestone, and the death of a male motorist on the A697, both of which took place on Wednesday, October 7. He said he was ‘proud of Rothbury and what we do’, praising the emergency services and the people who tried to save those involved. A Rothbury woman was first on the scene and helped the man in the A697 crash, he reported.
* The chairman informed the meeting that there is currently a casual vacancy on the council. He warned: “If it is not filled by co-option then it will go to an election, which will cost you, the parishioners of Rothbury, around £4,500.” An election last took place in May 2014.
* Coun Steven Bridgett told members that an outline bid to demolish a barn/workshop and replace it with three two-storey homes to the north-east of Thrum Mill Farm was going to be refused under delegated powers, meaning he didn’t need to call it in to go before one of the county council’s planning committees.
* Chairman Coun Mark Gilson reported that visitors and locals alike had reacted positively to the hanging baskets in the village.
He suggested that it be looked at seriously next year, because ‘we rushed into it this year as it was a good idea.’