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A69 Parish Councils & Roadlink Survey Results
Oil Co-op Seeks New Organiser
Bridge At Bardon Mill Station

A69 Consultation: Local Residents Survey

Parish Council members Jeff Oliver and Stuart Furlong met representatives from Roadlink and the Highways Agency in Stocksfield on March 27th to discuss issues over the A69 trunkroad. Both Councillors reported that the meeting discussed concerns over the dangers to local people and visitors on the section of road through Bardon Mill, Henshaw and Melkridge. With a speed limit of 60mph where the traditional roads and footpaths linking communities have been cut in half by the A69, many incidents including deaths and near misses have happened over recent years. Results of the public survey are here.

Oil Co-op New Organiser urgently needed

The successful Haydon Bridge oil co-op, which has been providing dozens of residents in Bardon Mill and Henshaw with cheaper domestic heating oil, is still looking for someone to take over from Steve Ford. Steve, who has undertaken the quarterly bulk ordering since the money saving enterprise began, needs a volunteer with about 18 hours a year to give to this important task on behalf of the community. Oil co-ops have been praised by government ministers for their success in fighting the rising cost of domestic heating for people in rural areas. Nowhere is this more important than in places, like ours where cheaper gas and dual-fuel savings are not possible. If you can help at all, Steven would like to hear from you on mail@stevenford.co.uk. It would be a terrible shame to lose this simple and effective community asset.

Bridge At Bardon Mill Station

The plans to build a footbridge at Bardon Mill Station have been withdrawn and an alternative scheme, will be submitted in due course. Under the revised plans the access to the Carlisle bound platform would be via the south side of the level crossing to the east of the station. With over 30 objections to the large and obtrusive structure, and objections from environmental bodies to building in a flood area, the plans would have come under intense scrutiny at the County Council planning committee. The existing crossing west of the platforms will be closed.