Wooler Parish Council: News round-up

Glendale Middle School
Glendale Middle School

Concerns have been raised about the impact that the struggling Berwick Academy will have on Wooler’s Glendale Middle School.

Earlier this year, the Academy was placed into special measures after receiving a damning Ofsted report.

A new interim headteacher has been put in place and there are reports of recent improvement.

However, at last month’s parish-council meeting, members heard that there is a spin-off effect now happening in Wooler, as students are opting to go to Alnwick before the usual age of 13.

According to the meeting, this is impacting on the finances at Glendale Middle and it was said that this needs to be looked at for the long term, but may mean one or two redundancies in the short term.

Coun Anthony Murray is arranging a meeting with the county council to discuss what can be done to help finances and secure the future of the school.

Visitor numbers: Coun Anthony Murray attended a meeting which reported that there was an increase in visitor numbers and school trips to The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre. Outreach groups are also visiting sites in the northern part of the Northumberland National Park, including locations in and around Glendale.

Crossing plan: Coun Mark Mather said that a pedestrian crossing is to be placed on South Road, adjacent to the Milk Bar. The timeframe for this is unknown. He has also told the county council’s highways team that a proper crash barrier should be installed along the stretch.

Parking times: Changes to High street parking times and adding double-yellow lines on Brewery Road are in hand with the county council and they are now programmed in the authority’s work schedule. No indicative cost for the changes to the High Street signage has been received yet.

Park damage: Several items are damaged at the play parks in Bryson’s Park and Scott’s Park and need repairing, Coun Robert Donkin said. He suggested that quotes are obtained from local contractors. He also pointed out that an excessive amount of weed killer has been used in the parks.