Wooler Parish Council

Making use of dark skies

Following the designation of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park at the end of last year, councillors were keen to see if Wooler, which lies just outside the boundary, could get involved.

At Monday’s meeting, Duncan Wise, from Northumberland National Park, spoke to members about the process.

He said that Wooler could in theory apply to become a Dark Sky Community, but warned that it was a laborious process.

“In the last few months, they have made the criteria more stringent and I think if I put the National Park application in now, it would struggle,” he added.

It was agreed that Wooler could start by looking at holding public-awareness events, which form part of the evidence needed for a bid, and Mr Wise said he would assist with this.

Councillors also want to look to find a site that could host education and night-sky observation events as well.


The clerk found out that the island in the Market Place – which previously housed the village’s fountain – is not registered to anyone. The parish council agreed to apply to register the site with the Land Registry. It comes as a group is working towards reinstating the fountain as a centre-piece in the village.


The parish council is keen to involve the Men in the Workshop scheme, for which the RVS was successful in getting funding from the People’s Millions vote on ITV TyneTees, in the repairs of the public benches in the village. The workshop is now being put together at its site on the Haugh Head Industrial Estate.


A parent and a student attended the meeting to express their concerns about the cuts to free transport to post-16 transport. Chairman Coun Burn assured them that the parish council had expressed its concerns about the axing of the service and that it would do what it could to support their fight.


Work on the war memorial is being carried out to ensure that the area looks tidy. The railings and benches are being painted and weeds are being sprayed before some pointing work to the stones. A service to mark the centenary of the First World War is to take place in St Mary’s on August 3 at 11am.