Wooler Parish Council, July meeting

ATTEMPTS to stop part of a Wooler road slipping off the side of an embankment have stalled, the parish council has heard.

Northumberland County Council put forward three proposals to deal with the problem at The Peth, where the highway is subsiding.

As one of its options, the authority wrote to an adjacent landowner asking if part of his property could be sold to allow remedial works to take place, but the idea was rejected.

The parish council agreed to write a letter of its own, asking the site owner to reconsider.

TWO new parish councillors have been co-opted to fill casual vacancies.

They are Brian Patterson and current county councillor for Wooler, Anthony Murray.

Coun Murray said: “I served on the parish council for about 12 years but left when I was elected to county in 2009, following the demise of Berwick Borough Council.

“It is important for me to attend the parish council as the county member and I have been at nearly every meeting anyway, so it seemed sensible to become a parish councillor again.”

IDEAS are being sought from Wooler residents on preparing for any snow clearance this winter, following two harsh episodes of weather in previous years.

The parish council agreed to co-ordinate responses at its next meeting to create a snow clearance action plan to deal with any circumstances which might arise this coming winter.

The aim is to highlight key areas for clearing which are not on council routes, by making best use of community resources and volunteer support.

A SAFETY inspection of the play area has been carried out by RoSPA, which has given it a clean bill of health.

One minor issue regarding a small part of the safety surface was pointed out in the survey, which will be replaced.

THE next meeting of Wooler Parish Council will be on September 26, at 7pm.