WOOLER PARISH COUNCIL: Fountain project flows on

An old postcard showing the fountain in the centre of Wooler.
An old postcard showing the fountain in the centre of Wooler.

Plans to restore an historic fountain, or at least a replica of it, to the centre of Wooler continue to make progress.

Coun Shirley Mills had attended a meeting on Sunday night about which the progress of the project was discussed further.

She explained that there is now a committee, some donations have been pledged and they are looking for more funds.

Initially there was some talk of finding the original stonework from the fountain, which was pulled down in 1970.

But it was clarified that there are no plans to re-erect the existing fountain.

Coun Mills said: “They are proposing to bring back the Market Place really. They seem quite passionate about it.

“I thought it was nice that the community was pulling together for something they want, because there were about 50 people there.”

Coun Anthony Murray warned that the group will need detailed plans before trying to access funding.

Quiet month on the crime front

Sgt Andy Pullen told councillors that there had been just one crime in the last month in Wooler – the theft of £200 of champagne and spirits from the Co-op. A 44-year-old man from Blyth was arrested and charged with seven thefts across the county. There were also two complaints of anti-social behaviour.

Plans in offing for another party

The parish council is to start looking at organising another Party in the Park following the success of last year’s event in Scott’s Park. There was talk of whether it should coinciding with Wooler Outdoor Week in May, but it was decided that August may be more appropriate. A steering group is to be set up.

More to find out before a decision

Members are to learn more about neighbourhood planning during a meeting next month before taking a decision on whether to create a plan for Wooler or the wider Glendale area. Chairman Coun Colin Burn said: “It’s a big task, but it’s a task which will be worthwhile for our community.”

Past chairman gives to charity

Alan Robertson, who served six months as chairman of the parish council before stepping down, is eligible for some of this year’s chairman’s allowance. He informed members he would like to donate the money to charity. It will be split between the Great North Air Ambulance and Wooler Doctors’ Fund.