Wooler Parish Council round-up: Winter help-line; hate crime; and broken-glass concerns

People can call the winter help-line. Picture by Susan and Garth Tilt.
People can call the winter help-line. Picture by Susan and Garth Tilt.

Wooler Parish Council’s winter help-line, to aid residents struggling during harsh weather conditions, is up and running.

The number (07464 346750) is designed for villagers in need. A helping hand will be offered in numerous scenarios, such as those needing shopping or medication collecting urgently or their path cleared to get them out to a doctor’s appointment.

The phone will be switched on in times of poor weather and manned by the parish council or volunteers, between 9am and 6pm. The parish council is looking for more volunteers who would be willing to help people in the community in bad weather.

To add your name to the list, email woolerparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk or leave a message on the help-line.

○ There have been 10 crimes reported in Wooler over the last month, PC Phil Jack said.

He told members that since September 24, incidents had included a shop-lifting at the Co-op and four drink-related offences relating to the night-time economy.

There has also been an incident of hate crime at the bus station, where the victim was ‘allegedly sworn at and a particular reference was made to him’. Another individual has been interviewed about this.

PC Jack added that on Monday, a car crashed in the village after being taken without consent, and one person had been arrested.

○ Investigations are ongoing about how to repair a footpath along the A697. Coun Mark Mather said: “It is being looked at; how to solve the subsidence and get it tarred. I have asked for a sign, because it is not very safe.” Work on a footpath on Weetwood Avenue will continue.

○ Parish council chairman Robert Donkin raised concerns about broken glass in the bus station car park and called for it to be swept up. He also said that wooden steps in the gents toilets are rotting and the ladies toilets’ store-room door had been forced open.

○ Thirty-seven lights in Wooler aren’t working properly, Coun Donkin said. He told members there are issues in numerous areas, including The Peth, Church Street and the trading estate. Residents are urged to report any problems to the county council.

○ The parish council can co-opt two new members. Anyone who wants to register their interest, email clerk Lynda Cairns at woolerparishcouncil@yahoo.co.uk by Thursday, November 10. A new clock winder is also wanted for the parish. Anyone interested, email Lynda.

○ Wooler Christmas lights switch-on is due to take place at Market Place at 6pm on Friday, December 2. To help pay for the festive illuminations, more than £400 was raised at a coffee morning. The parish council has thanked everyone who helped with and supported the event.