Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 5th November 2014

Starting at 7pm in Newbrough Town Hall

Present       Cllrs MW Gibson (Chairman), J Annan, H A Walton, K E Bell, I S Hunter and A Smith.

Also Present: Clerk, R Macfarlane, County Cllr RM Gibson and three members of the public.

Apologies     Cllr D Walker and PC Zoe Dixon the new Neighbourhood Beat Manager

Declaration of Interest

Cllr A Smith with NCC Planning Consultation – 14/03352/FUL

Vacancy and Co-option

Mr Andrew Smith put himself forward for co-option.  He was proposed by Cllr HA Walton and seconded by Cllr KE Bell. It was RESOLVED unanimously to co-opt Mr A Smith as a parish councillor for Newbrough Parish Council.  Mr Smith signed the appropriate declaration under Section 83(3) of the Local Government Act 1972, made before the Proper Officer of the Council and signed by the Clerk.  The Chairman welcomed Councillor Smith to the Council.  He also commented on how young the Council was and he noted that it was a long time since all of the Council were from Newbrough parish. Cllr Iain Hunter was elected vice-chairman.

Minutes 

The Minutes of the Meeting of Newbrough PC which was held on 10th September 2014 were approved by the Council then signed by the Chairman.

Matters Arising

Pavingstone Work

The pavingstones’s project around the Whitebeam trees has been completed but extra work is required because the trees’s roots are expanding and forcing their wall surrounds.  It was agreed that the contractor should complete the project and increase the wall surround.  When repairs to the wall surround are carried out it is proposed to add the Stanegate Festival Queen’s Jubilee commemorative stone.

Communications

  • NNPA Joint Local Access Forum It was agreed to invite Amanda Earnshaw to the next meeting to talk on caring for local public rights of way (footpaths and bridleways).

Other communications –

Local Hero, Light up a Life, CAN Annual Report 2013-14 and AGM information.

Public First Focus

This item was covered in Planning issues.

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 9th November.  It was agreed the Chairman, Cllr MW Gibson would lay a wreath on behalf of Newbrough Parish Council at the annual service at the War Memorial.

Roads        

It was reported that the pot hole opposite 6 Sidgate had at last been filled in. The Clerk was asked to report a deep pothole at bottom of Mossey Bank just before the level crossing (reference 101002808548) and other smaller holes. The Clerk was asked to enquire as to how often the gullies in the parish were cleaned out especially those down the North Road.

Footpaths

Blocked pathway

It was reported that a prickly gorse bush is hampering passage along the footpath north side of the Stanegate adjacent to Newbrough Hall.  The Chairman will talk to the owner.

The Clerk was asked to arrange for the ivy on east side of Sidgate Lane to be cut down as it is blocking the footpath.

Riverside Footpath

The Clerk to contact NCC Footpath’s Officer Tim Fish about the erosion of riverbank footpath between Level Crossing and Allerwash Mill

Planning    

NCC Planning Consultation –   14/03352/FUL Demolition of existing stone wall and formation of access and off street parking Red Lion Newbrough NE47 5AR

Objections from residents

Members of the public offered objection including issues of privacy, on-street parking, demolition of the stone wall in the conservation area, overlooking and loss of privacy, narrow North Road, congested parking in the site area, the eroding the heritage aspect of the area.  The Council, a statutory consultee, decided not to make a decision until after a site visit.

 

Sidgate Play Area

Lewis Rimington,  Localism Officer,  Isos in conjunction with Playdale led a public consultation event on Tuesday 21st  October at Newbrough Town Hall (3.00pm to 6.00pm).  Isos thought that the consultation event was a great success, with approximately 50 people in attendance (children and residents) and the feedback received was excellent.  Clerk to write and thank Isos for the consultation opportunity and mention the ‘Friendship Seat’, fencing off the area, dog issues and the football goals. Complementary funding may be available from other organisations as well as the parish council and Stanegate Festival funds.

Reports

Northumberland County Council

Cllr Gibson introduced himself to the new members and gave details of the eight parishes in his Ward.  He showed members the Highways Road Conditions Map for Newbrough and detailed all the planned maintenance in the parish. He also provided an-update on staff changes and requested questions from anyone at the meeting.

N&W Sportsfield Association

Cllr Kendrew reported that the football team is top of the league. A fund raising bingo has been arranged in the Town Hall on 28th November.

Newbrough Town Hall

A new caretaker is still required and there are plans to use the WI House as a bunk house.

Finances

Bank Accounts 1st November   2014 BMM £ 15208.59   Community £4786.08

Payments Approved Expenses £41.35 (vat £3.83), S Davies Grass Cutting Services Inv42  £106 and Inv47  £96, OneandOne £14.39 (£2.40 vat).

Annual Grant Awards Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal £50, Newbrough and Warden Parochial Church Council (grass cutting and graveyard maintenance) £850, Citizen’s Advice Bureau £50, Newbrough Town Hall £600, Newbrough and Warden Sportsfield Association (ground maintenance) £500, Sport Tynedale £80, Newbrough and Warden Pantomime £250. Payments in Special Category (LGA 1972 s137) Community Action Northumberland £50, Great North Air Ambulance £200 and Tynedale Hospice at Home £100.

Budget

At the start of this financial year the Council had reserves of £17,832.64.  The budget will be overspent by approx £2,250 so at the end of this year the Council will have approx £15580 in reserves. The main extra costs have been in Open Spaces and Recreation (£2700) and grants (£180) which were higher than budgeted.  All other categories are close to budget.  Cost of planned projects include, £2,600 for War Memorial and £2,500 for wall repairs.

Precept

It was RESOLVED to keep the precept at £8,500

Date and Time of Next Meeting  – 7.00 pm, 14th January 2015

The Meeting was closed at 9.45 pm.