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What Your Parish Council Does

The Parish Council is involved in some of the decisions taken about our community, including representing local views on planning applications. It also has responsibilities, such as the maintenance of bus shelters and the memorial to those who lost their lives in wars It takes an active interest in issues where the primary responsibility for action is the county council, such as keeping the roads clear of ice or mud and the verges clear of overgrown trees. It can ask for assistance with environmental improvement and to inform the county council about nuisances such as muddy footpaths and the disposal of rubbish. Frequently, councillors keep in touch with our county council representative (currently Cllr Alan Sharpe) but also with organisations like Northumbrian Water, Railtrack and other utilities. In the past year councillors have managed to get some work done cutting back verges along roadsides, getting drains unblocked, thereby reducing the risk of flooding, campaigning to get the footpath and gate to the station restored and ensuring that streetlighting is maintained at its proper level. These are minor issues, but as locally based representatives parish councillors are important links to the distant seat of administration in Morpeth and national bodies.

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Public Seating Repairs
Bus Shelter Repair
Recycling Bins

Public Seating Repairs

The Parish Council has decided to look into the maintenance and repair of the seats and benches in the parish. Firstly, it needs to identify where all of them are and to assess each one for condition and disrepair. If anyone is willing to help with this audit, or has noticed the state of any particular benches, then please contact us. In addition, we have been asked about the vegetation surrounding many of the benches. For instance there is one bench on the road to Beltingham, which was originally sited to enjoy a view of the South Tyne. Over a number of years, scrub vegetation and even trees have grown up to block this view. Would you be interested in helping to restore the amenity around these seats? If so, please contact us through the Contact form.

Bus Shelter Repair

The Parish Council has repaired the roof of the bus shelter, which has been leaking for some time. Cllr Alan Sharpe paid for this work from his members funding at the same time as the recycling bins (see below). Hopefully this has improved the wait in bad weather for people who use the shelter at the corner of the old A69 and the Thorngrafton/Scrogwood road.

Recycling Bins by Memorial

Work is complete on the cleaning up and landscaping of the area around the glass recycling bins. A wooden screen now masks what was an unattractive sight to visitors entering the village. Resident Helen Goodson had brought to our attention that the general mess around the existing glass recycling bins was both unsightly and a possible health hazard. It was felt that wholesale reorganisation of the site, its appearance and utility had become a matter of urgency. In view of this, the Parish Council agreed to investigate some screening of the bottlebanks, additional hard-standing to allow the cleaning up of broken glass and moving the bins further away from the bus stop. This has now been carried out and will be paid for by County Councillor Alan Sharpe.