A public meeting will be held to inform residents about important work that is set to take place to tackle bankside erosion in the village.
The area between The Stanners and Bridge End House has been receding over recent years; a situation made worse following periods of flooding.
It has been a long-standing concern for the parish council and members have been pushing for action to improve the issue.
And now it seems like progress is being made.
Representatives from Northumbrian Water (NW) attended last month’s meeting and talked about what plans are being put in place.
Ian Davison, from the company, listed the issues and concerns for NW on the current situation regarding possible bankside erosion and the potential environmental risk to NW’s asset and to the river.
Detailed maps of proposals to remedy the situation were circulated. The meeting heard that investigation works had been done and proposals created for a new rising main along Dial Place and a new foul sewer towards Bridge End House to join the existing combined sewer.
Geotechnical engineers will be doing an assessment of the bankside and its likely life, and it was hoped that construction would begin by January/February 2018.
In response to questions from members, Mr Davison confirmed that this geotechnical assessment could be shared with members at a future meeting.
NW will consult with residents by letter before holding a public meeting as the construction phase approached.
• No action has been taken on speed-camera enforcement at Beal Bank, but assurances have been given that this will be looked in to.
Coun Sally Black said that there had been an email from the team leader of the Camera Enforcement Unit of Northumbria Police, apologising for the delay in addressing the speeding issue at Beal Bank, but promising to attend to this in the near future.
• Coun Rod Galilee said that he had spoken to the county council about the possibility of having dropped kerbs installed on the west side of Castle Street next to Topsy Turvy, but to no avail. He asked the parish council to support this and clerk Karon Hadfield agreed to pursue the issue with the authority.
• Members said that signage remains a problem in the village, particularly for long-term parking.