Wooler Parish Council

TV survey ‘must be done’

An energy company that won consent for a wind turbine is trying to avoid work aimed at protecting television reception in the area.

Myriad CEG Wind won permission last month for the turbine at the Tait family’s Highburn House holiday park at Wooler, despite opposition from local people wanting to protect the landscape.

The company is asking the county council to change a planning condition requiring it to carry out a survey of TV reception before work begins.

It argues it should have to investigate only if there is a complaint about the TV signal, an approach it persuaded the council to adopt for a turbine on Kentstone Farm at Beal.

Parish councillors voted unanimously to object to the weakening of the condition.

Parish and county councillor Anthony Murray said: “Unless the survey is done, we won’t know if the signal is any worse. If this test isn’t done before the turbine goes up, they have no yardstick to measure it.”

Free transport to bus meeting

A public meeting has been called by the county council to discuss the threatened Kelso-Newcastle 710 bus service on Wednesday, March 6, from 6.30pm-8pm at Glendale Middle School. Free transport is available from bus stops on the 710 route, but it must be booked on 01670 624092.

Alfreda joins the board

Children’s group Sure Start has invited parish council chairman Coun Alfreda Hindmarsh to join its new board, set up as it faces organisational changes nationally. She said: “Sure Start is excellent – it does cover so much. It’s worth giving them support.”

No objection to ice-cream plan

Ice-cream vendor Alan Kirk’s application to trade between the Ingram Valley and

Milfield, taking in Wooler, has attracted no objection from the parish council. Members were also happy about a proposal to raise the crowns of trees at Ryecroft

Crescent to improve footpath headroom.

Affordable homes pressure pledge

Parish councillors are pledging to keep up pressure for affordable homes in the Wooler area, where a survey has revealed more than 250 more properties are needed within five years. They agreed to thank county council head of housing Paul Leo for addressing a recent meeting and to call for building to start as soon as possible.