Meeting of the Council 2nd July 2008

Present: Cllrs EL Dixon (Chair), RS Robson, H Forster, MW Gibson, Mrs H Brooks and PJ Johnston.

Also present Clerk R Macfarlane and NCC Cllr E Heslop and one member of the public


Apologies: Cllr JR Wood

Declaration of Interest: None declared.

Minutes:  The Minutes of the meeting of NPC which was held on 7th May 2008 were approved and signed.

Matters Arising:

Newbrough War Memorial: The issues between Holden Conservation and the War Memorial Trust are still not resolved.

Footpath outside St Peter’s Church

Allocated to “small projects” and will be repaired next time the NCC crew is in the area.

Settlingstones Skip

This has again proven successful and was well used by residents.

Hanging Baskets:

These have arrived and are displayed around the Town Hall.

Land Registry Search

The Clerk has received details from the Land Registry.  The Town Hall and the War Memorial Area are not registered, WI House is.  It was resolved that the Clerk would check with Tynedale and NCC to see if they have any records


Public First Focus

No issues


  • CAN Newsletter and Training Dates
  • NCC Area Committee Papers
  • TDC Minutes
  • TDC LDF Details of the newly adopted Local Development Framework
  • Road Link Annual Report
  • NCC Developing Public Play Area
  • NCC Area Travel Information
  • Hexham and Northern Rural. The field adjacent to the Town Hall is for sale by private treaty.  They are asking for offers in excess of £30000 (pony paddock price) for 1.04 hectares.  The Clerk has asked to be kept informed.  The Council instructed the Clerk to write to HNR Agents to complain about them attaching their sales board onto the War Memorial wall.

Communications continued

  • TDC Elections for Parish Councils. The Clerk was instructed to write to TDC and express the wish that elections should be held in 2013 not in 2009.
  • TDC Hanging baskets have arrived and are displayed around the Town Hall
  • PO Closures the Council will support Warden PC in their efforts to keep Fourstones Post Office open in its present format



Village Signs in partnership with NNPA and NCC. 

Shotton Transport has moved and cleaned the gifted stones.  MWG to liaise with Clerk and Gilbert Ward to plan siting.  TDC would have to consult with the three households who live in the lane if it was to be renamed Lover’s Lane.  It was suggested that a joint meeting with Warden PC should be organised to discuss signage within the two parishes.  Clerk to put this idea to Warden PC at their next meeting.


Clerk to contact NCC Footpath’s Officer to report fallen birch tree on Footpath No7 between the railway line crossing and Allerwash.



Tynedale Council is at present appraising of Conservation Areas and Newbrough will soon be involved.  Clerk to invite the Appraisal team to next meeting in September.

The empty Red Lion property as a Listed Building is not liable to be rated.  It is exempt from the empty property liability (NDR Act 1st April 2008).

20080118 Siting of Mobile Classroom, Newbrough CofE Aided First School NE47 5AQ

Granted conditional permission 8th May 2008.

20080352 Construction of bus lay-by and footpath and realignment of existing 1.3m high wall. Newbrough CofE Aided first School NE47 5AQ Granted permission 10th June 2008

20080577 Installation of three dormer windows and 3 solar water heaters to roof Woodlands Fourstones NE47 5DL.  NPC have no objections.  Part of this property is within the Warden Parish.


Town Hall: THMC are considering paving the gravelled entrance area to the courtyard in order to have access for the disabled and an escape route in the event of emergency evacuation.  MTCT have been asked for a grant towards the cost of £1100.

Village Society:  Cllr RS Robson attended the AGM

Sportsfield Association: An Annual Return for the Association as required by the Charity Commission has been completed for year ending 31st March 2007.  The Council, as Trustees needs to see accounts and a yearly report for year ending 31st March 2008.

Newbrough CofE First School:  The Headteacher John Moore is leaving at the end of term.  Several functions are planned and the Clerk is instructed to write a letter of gratitude for his service over the years.  It was proposed to set an agenda for joint school/community meeting near the end of September

Reports continued

MTCT: The Trust has offered £1000 towards the “village Signs” project.  JR Wood was elected as NPC Representative on the Mid Tyne Community Trust.  The future of the Trust seems to be in jeopardy because of lack of representatives from parish councils.

Northumberland County Council: Cllr Heslop informed the Council that those Post Offices which have been selected for closure have been notified.  Fourstones PO has been selected to close.  Consultation will take place up to 11th August and TDC have arranged a meeting for 22nd July.

Parliamentary Boundary Reform – consultation will take place starting on 15th July. Interviews will take place on 3rd July for the new Council’s Chief Executive Officer.

Tynedale Council:  The Belonging Communities in the original conceived form will not now take place.  There is a localism initiative which will emphasise the parish council’s important role in local government.  TDC is at present awaiting the publication of new Government White Paper on local government.

Financial transactions have to be sanctioned by Morpeth.  Some senior staff are leaving and there is an air of uncertainty.


Bank Accounts   1st July Treasurer’s Account £1497.47, BMM £12422.45



Internal Auditor:

I certify that the Annual Return for year ended 31st March 2008 to be correct in accordance with accounts and records produced together with information and explanations received”.  MD Dodd Internal Auditor.


The Council agreed to re-appoint MD Dodd as Internal Auditor


The Auditors asked a nebulous question regarding Fidelity Guarantee Insurance.  The Council decided that it was not necessary to increase our cover as the present cover for £13000 is more than adequate.

Payments Approved

Clerk’s Part Salary £427.70, Clerk’s Expenses £42.31 (£39.48 plus vat £2.83), Meeting Room Rental £30 (July), S Davies Grass cutting Inv 100 12/5 £90, Hexham Courant £44.42 (37.80 plus £6.62 vat), Brampton Skip Hire £135.12 (£115 plus £20.12 vat), Land Registry £6.

Next meeting: 7.00 pm September 3rd  (then November 5th)

The meeting closed at 9.35