Annual Parish Meeting

The annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 28th April at 7pm in the Parish Hall, Millfield Road.

A copy of the agenda can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

APM Agenda 2014

This is a meeting for all the electors of the Parish – it is not a Parish Council meeting. Reports will be received from the Parish Council, the Village Hall Trust, the School and from the County Councillor and it will enable members of the village to raise any questions or concerns – or maybe come forward with suggestions to improve life in the village.

The meeting will commence with a discussion on “Low Cost Housing – what it could mean for Riding Mill”.  

 

Minutes of the meeting held on 10 February 2014

To download a copy of these minutes please click here 140210 Minutes

Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council

Minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 10th February 2014 in the Parish Hall.

Councillors present:

Cllr. Malcolm Reid (Chairman)                            Cllr. Andy Dunhill

Cllr. Jill Mills                                                                Cllr. Brian Singer

Cllr. Eileen Carew                                                       Cllr. Bill Cairns

Co-opted at meeting: Mrs Eileen Ewen

In attendance:
Cllr. Anne Dale – Northumberland County Council
Mrs Catherine Harrison – Parish Clerk
Public (6): Mrs S Done, Mrs J Rowntree, Mrs S Soulsby, Mrs L Stephenson, Mr R Walker and Mrs H Yates.

Cllr. Reid opened the meeting at 7.52 pm.

1.         Apologies

Mrs Pam Pryor, Chair of the Village Hall Trust.

2.         Declaration of Interests

No disclosures of personal and prejudicial interests from Councillors on matters to be considered at the meeting were given.

3.         Co-option of Councillor

Cllr. Reid proposed and Cllr. Cairns seconded that Mrs Eileen Ewen be co-opted as a Councillor. This was unanimously agreed by the councillors. Cllr. Ewen then signed the requisite form and was welcomed to the Council.

4.       Minutes of the meeting of 9th December 2013

It was agreed that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 9th December 2013 were a true record and duly signed off by Cllr. Reid.
5.         Matters arising from the December meeting other than those listed on the agenda

(i)         Minute 4(iii) – Long Rigg
Long Rigg was discussed in the public pre-meeting.  The Residents’ Association had held a meeting and would like to initiate discussions with NCC about having the road adopted. Cllr. Dale agreed to contact the Highways Department at NCC.  The PC gave its support for this way forward.

ACTION: ADa

(ii)        Minute 4(v) – Railway Bridge

The Clerk reported that she had written to Network Rail regarding the leaning parapet on the main road bridge over the railway.  She had received an acknowledgement from Network Rail but no further information.  Cllr. Dale offered to ask a Highways Officer from NCC to contact Network Rail to progress this matter.

ACTION: CH/ADa

 (iii)       Minute 4(ix) – Waste Bin in Mill Race Gardens

The Clerk confirmed that no charge was levied by NCC for emptying waste or dog bins.  A waste bin could be purchased for approximately £200 and NCC would charge £80 to install it.  The councillors unanimously agreed to approve the purchase of a bin.

ACTION: CH

 (iv)       Minute 6 – Gymnastics Club

It was reported that the Gymnastics Club had not yet reopened as they were still seeking to appoint a coach.  It was hoped that it may now restart after Easter.

(v)        Minute 7 – Tennis Club

The Tennis Club Management plan was discussed in the public pre-meeting.  Some nearby residents were still unhappy with a number of proposals and it was agreed that Cllr. Dunhill should meet with the residents and the Tennis Club representatives.

ACTION: AD

 (vi)       Minute 14 – Budget (Capital Expenditure projects for 2014/15)

It was reported that a meeting had been held with the County’s Footpaths Officer to discuss the possible installation of a ramp to allow wheelchair access from the Parish Hall car park to the play park and tennis court.  Drawings of the proposal were now needed in order to establish likely costs before the project could be taken further.  Peter Howe would be asked for this.

ACTION: CH/MR

 6.         West End Bus Shelter

It was reported that the bus shelter had been installed and NCC would be returning within the next few days to complete the base works.  A hand rail had been requested, approved and installed during the preparatory works.  A request for a litter bin at the bus stop had been received and was unanimously approved by the councillors.  The Clerk would need to check on its placement with the Transport Planning Officer.  Cllr. Reid thanked Cllr. Carew for her efforts in facilitating this project.  He also thanked Cllr. Dale for her contribution of £1000 towards the project.

ACTION: CH

 7.         Fencing

(i)         Three quotes had been received to replace the fencing around the single tennis court.  All had been extremely high and the PC was inclined to remove the fencing altogether and open up the area.  Mrs Done, the chair of the Pre-School Committee, reported that for the pre-school to use this area it needed to be enclosed.  She had secured offers of help to remove the old fence and install a new fence for free if the PC agreed to pay the cost of the materials.  Councillors agreed to meet interested parties to discuss this new proposal and awaited a further quote.

ACTION: AD

 (ii)        It was reported that Cllr. Dale had obtained permission from NCC to carry out repairs to the fence on the road leading to the station.  She offered to fund the cost of the materials and councillors unanimously agreed to approve additional hours for the handyman to carry out this work.

ACTION: CH/ADa/Linden Stephenson

 (iii)       Cllr. Dunhill reported that he had obtained a quote for improving the fence from the station to Broomhaugh.  A discussion was held on ownership of the adjoining land and Cllr. Dale offered to ask NCC to do a land registry check.

ACTION: ADa

 8.         Speed Signs

The speed signs appeared to be working again although somewhat erratically.  The Clerk had contacted SWARCO and because of the continued problems they had agreed to extend the warranty for a further six months (September 2014).  Cllr. Reid had met the repair engineer before Christmas, had arranged for the signs to be properly set to be activated at 30mph, and had discussed whether the signs should be repositioned.  The engineer had also suggested that the signs might be moved on to lamp posts and connected to mains electricity.  Both options should be explored as a matter of urgency.

ACTION: CH

 9.         Grass cutting

It was reported that an amended invoice from NCC had been received which took into account the reduced number of times the grass had been cut in 2013.  Councillors unanimously agreed to seek three quotes for the grass cutting contract for 2014.

ACTION: CH

10.       Access issues over Millfield Road bridge

Two residents had reported recent incidents of ambulances trying to cross Millfield Road bridge.  The Clerk had written to the Ambulance Service but Cllr. Dale reported that she had a meeting planned with the North East Ambulance Service Trust Director and she offered to highlight these two incidents directly with him.  The PC thanked her for her offer and agreed to send her a copy of the letters.

A discussion was also held as to whether changing some postcodes on Millfield Road would help and again Cllr. Dale offered to seek the advice of the Trust Director.

ACTION: CH/ADa

 11.       Edible Riding Mill

A discussion was held on Cllr. Reid’s proposal that use be made of land owned by the PC for commemorative gifts to the village of trees or bushes with edible fruits.  The proposal was unanimously adopted although it was suggested that people should be encouraged to plant trees rather than bushes and preferably those that would need little maintenance.

Cllr. Reid reported that he personally would like to plant some fruit trees in the Spinney in memory of his wife, Magdalena and replace the logs with a seat.  He also suggested that a new safer entrance be made into the Spinney from the Old Playground. These were agreed by the Council.

12.       Mill Pond Restoration

Ideas were sought on how to improve this area although not necessarily the restoration of the pond.  Marchburn Lane residents would be asked for their views and it was suggested that a discussion on this topic be held again in a couple of months.

13.       Memorial for Bobby Turner

Mrs Stephenson highlighted just how many seats the PC currently maintained and encouraged councillors not to purchase a memorial seat for Bobby.  Having discussed ideas with Frank, Bobby’s brother, she suggested the PC consider buying a bird bath in his memory to be placed in the grounds of the Parish Hall.  In principle the PC would support this idea although would like an idea of costs.  Cllr. Carew and Cllr. Cairns were asked to raise this idea at the next meeting of the VHT.

ACTION: EC/BC

14.       WW1 Anniversary

Cllr. Carew reported that a commemoration service was being planned for 3rd August under the organisation of Churches Together and she felt that there was no need for any additional involvement by the PC unless requested.

15.       Website

The Clerk asked for ideas on possible changes to the website.  Most councillors felt happy with the website although suggested that the photographs be changed more often.

A discussion was also held on whether councillors’ personal email addresses should be displayed on the website but it was decided that they should not as all mail should go via the Clerk.

16.       Planning

a)         It was reported that the following planning applications were under consideration by NCC:

13/03874/FUL boundary around Freshfield, Sandy Bank – PC response: queried the position of the boundary;

13/03133/FUL Retrospective planning permission for work to the railway bridge, Underwood Road. PC response – queried drainage and suggested structure be painted.

It was reported that the following planning applications had been considered by NCC and granted permission:

13/03370/FELTPO Tree work at St James Church;

13/03263/FUL  Extension to Long Rigg, Long Rigg;

13/00151/OUT Application for single storey dwelling, land south of Tudor Mount, Church Lane.

b)         A suggestion to require all controversial planning applications to be considered at a full council meeting rather than by the Planning sub-committee was rejected because there is not always sufficient time to bring an issue to a formal PC meeting. If the sub-committee had concerns about an application they would speak with the other councillors as necessary.  However it was suggested that the PC should produce a policy on low cost housing which would give clear guidance to the Planning sub-committee.  See also item 22.

 17.       Request for Funding

A request for funding from the Pre-School was received to enable them to restore their garden by the single tennis court.  This was agreed unanimously by the councillors and an award of £150 was made.

ACTION: CH

 18.       Handyman Report

A report was received. Work had been completed on cleaning and treating numerous wooden benches, a bus stop painted and various areas tidied of leaf debris.

 19.       Finance

(i)         The following payments were authorised:

 C Harrison – December salary + home working allowance                      £345.82

NALC – various training courses                                                                       £20

S137 Donations:

Gymnastics Club                                                                      £194

Marchburn Lane Residents’ Association                                     £50

Citizens Advice Bureau                                                             £50

AGE UK                                                                                   £50

Tynedale Hospice                                                                     £50

Great North Air Ambulance                                                        £50

CAN                                                                                         £50

RM Village Hall Trust – room bookings                                                  £36

Catherine Harrison – January salary + home working allowance             £345.82

Catherine Harrison – Expenses

Car parking      £1.30

Petrol               £26.10

Postage            £20.40                          Total                £47.80

Northumberland County Council – grass cutting                                     £860.02

Allotments’ Association (Insurance for 2014)                                          £73.90

Aon UK ltd – additional premium for new bus shelter                              £12.52

Standing Orders:

Homevend – January                                                                            £75

Homevend – February                                                                           £75

 

(ii)        The Clerk presented a report showing the financial year spending to date by budget categories.  The report was generated by the new accounting package and she sought councillors’ views on the new format.

ACTION: ALL 

 20.       Correspondence

A resident who lived on the main road (close to the speed camera) had raised concerns about parking problems outside her home.  In the public pre-meeting, Cllr. Dale had reported that she hoped to remove a section of double yellow lines west of the speed camera where there was a footpath and grass verge which would hopefully alleviate this problem.

21.       Minor Matters

            (i)         Damage to the verge and footpath in Millfield Road

Cllr. Reid reported that Northern Powergrid had laid turf to repair damage to the verge.  He had recently met with Debmat and they had agreed to repair sections of the footpath.

(ii)        Garden Party

Cllr. Reid indicated that he would like his name to go forward to be entered into the ballot to attend one of the Queen’s Garden parties.  This was unanimously approved by the councillors.

ACTION: CH

 (iii)       Garden Share Scheme

Cllr. Ewen outlined her proposal to promote a garden share scheme and it was agreed that she would write a piece for the April edition of the Parish News to gauge villagers’ interest.

ACTION: EE

 (iv)       Parish News

It was agreed that the Clerk would submit any news items for the March edition of the Parish News.

ACTION: CH

 (v)        Banking Proposals

It was decided that it would be inappropriate to hold a current account and a reserve account at the same bank as at times the current account held large sums of money.  It was agreed that the Vice-Chairman and Clerk should review all possible accounts and present a final recommendation at the next meeting.

ACTION: AD/CH

 22.       Date of the Annual Parish Meeting

After discussion, it was agreed to hold the Annual Parish Meeting on Monday 28th April.  It was suggested that the issue of affordable, low cost housing should be discussed at the meeting and a speaker sought from the Planning Department at NCC.  The Clerk should in the first instance contact Karen Ledger at NCC and copy the letter to Cllr. Dale.

ACTION: CH

23.       Date of the next meeting

It was agreed to hold the next meeting on Monday 10th March 2014.

With no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.58pm.

Dilston Bridge Closure from Monday 10th March

The A695 road at Dilston Bridge will be closed from Monday 10 March to July 2014.

Our understanding is that the 10 Bus will travel from Corbridge (Hill Street) directly to Hexham Bus Station via the A69.

Please find below a link to a time table of the shuttle bus that will operate from Corbridge and Hexham to stops no longer served by the Route 10.

The closure will only be for vehicles,pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross the bridge via a temporary footbridge.

Dilston Bridge closure

Consultation on Post-16 Transport in Northumberland

The Parish Council has been asked to comment on significant changes to some of the discretionary elements of the Northumberland Home to School Transport Policy.

A copy of the proposals can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Consultation on Post-16 Transport v006 Revised

If you have any comments please get in touch with the Parish Council by using the contact form.  We would like to hear from as many residents as possible before replying to the County Council.  Any comments must be received by 1st May

Parish Council Minutes – December 2013

Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council

Minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 9th December 2013 in the Parish Hall.

Councillors present:

Cllr. Malcolm Reid (Chairman)                            Cllr. Andy Dunhill

Cllr. Jill Mills                                                                Cllr. Brian Singer

Cllr. Eileen Carew                                                       Cllr. Bill Cairns

 

In attendance:

Cllr. Anne Dale – Northumberland County Council

Mrs Catherine Harrison – Parish Clerk

Public (8): Mrs T Craft, Mrs B Davison, Mr G Davison, Mrs S Matheson, Mrs J Rowntree, Mrs L Stephenson, Mr R Walker and Mrs H Yates.

Cllr. Reid opened the meeting at 7.40pm.

1.         Apologies

None given.

2.         Declaration of Interests

No disclosures of personal and prejudicial interests from Councillors on matters to be considered at the meeting were given.

3.         Approval of the minutes of the meeting of 11th November 2013

It was agreed that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 11th November 2013 were a true record and duly signed off by Cllr. Reid.

4.         Matters arising from the September meeting other than those listed on the agenda

(i)         Minutes 5(i) Grass cutting

It was reported that an invoice had not yet been received from NCC for grass cutting.  When it was issued the Clerk would ensure that it was based on the actual number of times the grass had been cut.  Cllr. Dunhill reported that he had contacted the RM Cricket Club who used a firm based in Ovingham.  They warmly recommended this firm for flexibility and reliability and it was agreed to ask them to quote for the grass cutting contract next year together with NCC.

ACTION: CH

  (ii)        Minute 5(ii) – Speed activation signs

Only councillors had reported any problems with the signs to the Clerk.  As both signs were now malfunctioning the Clerk should contact the installers and ask for them to be repaired.

ACTION: CH

 (iii)       Minute 5(iii) – Long Rigg

Long Rigg was discussed in the public pre-meeting in which Richard Walker for Long Rigg had proposed a lease arrangement.  He was asked to investigate a suggested time period and preparedness for valuation fees possibly in the £500 to £1000 range.  See also item 11.

ACTION: RW

 (iv)       Minute 5(iv) – Dene Close Wall

It was reported that the letters would shortly be sent to the residents of Dene Terrace.

(v)        Minute 5(vii) – Railway Footbridge

Cllr. Dunhill reported that that he continued to monitor the railway footbridge and awaited further news from Network Rail as to how they would solve the drainage issue.  Also discussed was the road bridge above the railway line the parapet of which was leaning badly.  Cllr. Singer reported that he had phoned the emergency number back in July and someone from Network Rail had been to view the bridge but no feedback had been received.  It was agreed that the Clerk should write to Network Rail to ask if they planned to repair the wall.

ACTION: CH

 (vi)       Minute 6 – West end bus shelter

It was reported that the order had been placed for the bus shelter and a date for the installation was awaited.

 

(vii)      Minute 8 – Arrangement for deposit account

Cllr. Reid reported that instead of opening a deposit account at a new bank it would be much easier to open a second account at HBOS.  This was agreed unanimously by the councillors.

ACTION: CH

 (viii)     Minute 16 – Damage to verge and footpaths in Millfield Road

It was reported that there were ongoing discussions with both Northern Powergrid and Debmat to repair verges and footpaths in Millfield Road.

(ix)       Minute 18(ii) – Waste bin in Mill Race Garden

The Clerk reported that she had received a quote from NCC to provide and install a waste bin in Mill Race Gardens.  She had also obtained costs for purchasing the bin through an alternative company but if the Council chose this option NCC would charge for emptying the bin.  It was agreed that the Clerk would establish how much the Council is charged by NCC for emptying bins.

ACTION: CH

 5.         Election of Vice-Chairman and additions/changes to responsibilities

Cllr Reid proposed Cllr. Dunhill for Vice-Chairman. This was seconded by Cllr. Mills and agreed unanimously by the other councillors.

It was also reported that a second councillor should sit on the Village Hall Trust’s Committee. Cllr. Cairns had offered to do this and it was unanimously approved by the councillors.

6.         Funding Requests

Gymnastics Club

A request for funding from the RM Gymnastics Club had been received to enable it to restart.  A new committee had been formed and interest had been shown from a number of parents.  The Club asked for funding towards obtaining a CRB check for a new coach, marketing costs to relaunch the club, official registration and stock for funding a tuck shop.

All councillors felt that this was an important village amenity and that financial help should be offered although they felt unable to offer funding towards a tuck shop or for registration.  It was unanimously agreed to offer £194 to cover the CRB check and marketing costs.

ACTION: CH

 (i)               RM Pre-School

A request for funding was received from the Pre-School to help restore their garden by the single tennis court.  An initial application for £150 was made however Mrs Yates reported that they had subsequently had a gardener quote for the work and they had been informed that the fence needed replacing.  The work to the garden and new fence would cost in the region of £2000.

As the PC had already been aware of the problems with the fence this would be dealt with separately by the PC.  The Pre-School were asked to resubmit their request for funding just taking into account the repairs to the garden and this would be considered at the February meeting.  Cllr. Dunhill offered to meet representatives from the Pre-School to discuss the work required.

ACTION: AD/Pre-School

 (ii)              Additional donations

It was reported that funding requests had been received from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the Great North Air Ambulance.  In addition, the Council normally gave donations to Community Action Northumberland (CAN), Age UK and Tynedale Hospice.  Last year, the Council had also given a donation to Tynedale Sports Council.

It was unanimously agreed to give a £50 donation to each of the following organisations:

Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Age UK

Tynedale Hospice

Great North Air Ambulance

CAN

7.         Tennis Club

(i)  Management Plan

A written response from the Tennis Club to the Mill Close residents had been received which, in summary, suggested that the use of the multipurpose court be limited to 10 hours per week during a one year trial.  Mr & Mrs Davison reported that they and other residents were still unhappy with this – the 10 hours could be any day of the week whilst in earlier proposals two weekdays had been excluded.  They also asked for Sundays to be restricted to tennis only.  Mrs Matheson reported that they had taken advice on how to operate the bookings for the multipurpose courts and they had been advised not to restrict days.

Cllr. Reid summarised the discussion and reported that he felt that the Tennis Club had gone a considerable way to meet the residents’ requests.  He therefore proposed that the PC proceed with instructions for the PC’s solicitors to prepare the lease but requested that the Tennis Club give consideration to the option of restricting the use of the court to tennis only on part of Sunday afternoons.  This was agreed unanimously by the councillors.

Cllr. Mills requested to see a copy of the actual agreement with Sports England so she could review the grant conditions.

ACTION: Tennis Club

 (ii) Screening

The issue of screening was discussed. Cllr. Reid reiterated that the offer to part pay for screening plants applied to it being planted adjacent to the fence bordering the houses and not by the tennis court.  After this clarification, Mr Davison indicated that he would now reply to the Council.

(iii) Disabled Access

It was noted that the Tennis Club should not recommend that disabled badge holders park in Mill Close.

(iv) Tennis Club Committee

Cllr. Reid reported that he would like the Tennis Club Committee always to include at least two Riding Mill residents.  As the Tennis Club’s constitution could be changed at any time he suggested that this stipulation should be inserted in the lease.

8.         Village Shop

(i)         Thank you to the Turner Family

It was reported that a number of gifts from the Parish Council and Village Hall Trust had been arranged for Frank Turner on his retirement.  A photograph of Bobby and Frank would be installed in the Foyer of the Parish Hall on 20th December to which Frank would be invited to attend should he wish.  There was also a proposal to erect a seat in Bobby’s memory but Mrs Stephenson asked the PC to perhaps consider another idea as the village already had 16 seats which all needed maintaining.

(ii)        Future of the Shop

It was reported that the future of the shop would hopefully be resolved once legal issues had been concluded and that the plan was for a tenant to lease the shop.  As soon as any definite information was known it would be publicised.

A discussion was held on how the shop could win back passing trade. Cllr. Dale reported that she had tried on previous occasions to improve parking outside the shop but that this was not possible due to the road layout and that the only possibility was to think about removing the double yellow lines directly outside the shop.

ACTION: ADa if requested.

 9.         Core Strategy

Cllr. Dunhill had circulated a draft response to the Core Strategy in advance of this meeting.  As it considered issues such as housing and green belt development it required a fuller discussion by the PC than this meeting allowed.  It was therefore agreed to convene a working group to meet later in the week to approve or amend the response document.

ACTION: AD

 10.       Fencing Repairs

Quotes for fencing work at the weir, on the footpath from the station to Broomhaugh and at the tennis court had been received.  As it was a large expense further quotes would be required.

ACTION: CH

 11.       Road gritting

It was reported that NCC had indicated that in future it would not be providing grit for unadopted roads.  A green bin would need to be purchased and it would be replenished but at a cost to the residents or the PC.

Cllr. Dale advised the PC to do nothing at the moment as the yellow grit bins had not been removed and were currently full.  She also reported that NCC would no longer clear gulleys or sweep leaves on unadopted roads.  She advised Long Rigg residents to seriously consider having their road adopted and offered to look into what the requirements would be to enable this.

ACTION: ADa

 12.       Marchburn Lane

A request for an ex gratia payment of £50 to the Marchburn Lane Residents’ Association was received and approved unanimously by the councillors.

ACTION: CH

 13.       Handyman

A report was received.  Work had been undertaken to complete the edging on the path adjacent to the single tennis court and the four benches and picnic tables in the play park had been cleaned and painted with wood preservative.  Mrs Stephenson also reported that she would be planting the alder trees by the river bank later in the week.

14.       Budget

The proposed budget for next financial year was circulated.  Capital expenditure projects were discussed and the following were considered:

(i)               Lighting on the footpath from Broomhaugh to the station.

Costs for such a project were unknown but could be very high.  The Clerk should explore different options and report back;

ACTION: CH

(ii)              Wheelchair access from the Parish Hall car park to the play park and tennis courts.

This was considered a high priority.  Possible costs £3000

(iii)            Gateway access at the east end of the village

Cllr. Dunhill had met with representatives of NCC to discuss this and it was a possible measure to reduce the speed of cars entering the village.

This was considered a high priority.  Possible costs £2000

(iv)            Additional speed activation signs either flashing or showing actual speed.

Costs to be advised.

As some of the costs were unknown all the capital expenditure projects would be investigated and if necessary funds from the reserve account would be used.

 

After discussion a standstill precept of £35,000 was unanimously agreed.

ACTION: CH

 15.       Planning

It was reported that the following planning application had been received and was being considered by NCC.  The Parish Council had raised no objections.

13/03491/FUL& 13/03492/FUL Extension to east and west elevations, Hopton House, Riding Hills

It was also reported that the Parish Council had not objected to the planning application for a single storey bungalow development at Broomhaugh.

16.       Finance

(i)  The following payments were authorised:

CAN – Boss Accountancy Training and software              £40

SLCC Subs                                                                                           £101.00

TVRUG Subs                                                                                      £5.00

Northumbrian Water – Cricket Pavilion                               £26.86

C Harrison – November salary and home allowance payment                 £345.82

C Harrison –     Expenses £21.60,

Misc expenditure – Photo and frame £45,

Stationery and photocopying £91.93                                                                                                                                                      Total                                 £158.53

Royal British Legion – Poppy wreath & Donation               £50.00

Mrs L Stephenson – alder trees and linseed oil                   £17.76

Mrs E Carew – present for Frank Turner                              £130.00

Standing Orders:

Homevend – December                                                                         £75

(ii) A copy of the current year to date accounts was received for record which showed the amount spent from each budget.

17.       Minor Matters

 (i)         Edible Riding Mill

Cllr. Reid reported that he had written an article for the Parish News suggesting that use be made of land owned by the PC for commemorative gifts to the village of trees or bushes with edible fruit.  He had asked villagers to make their views known to councillors and proposed that it was an item for discussion at the February meeting.

It was agreed to hold such a discussion in February.

 (ii)        Clerk’s Contract

Cllr. Reid reported that he felt it important that all councillors were aware of the clerk’s conditions of employment and suggested that each member of the Council receive a copy of her contract for information.  It was agreed that the Clerk would send each councillor an email copy which they should store securely and then delete should they step down as a councillor.

ACTION: CH  

 18.       Date of the next meeting

It was agreed to hold the next meeting on Monday 10th February 2014.

With no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 10.21pm

Closure of bridge at Corbridge

Notice from Northumberland County Council:

As you may be aware the bridge across the river Tyne at Corbridge is to be closed to road traffic, starting on Thursday 23rd January at 9 am.  The closure will be in place from 9 am to 3.30 pm on Mondays to Fridays, until 14th February.

During the periods of closure local buses which normally cross will be unable to do so.  Buses on Go North East route 10 (Hexham-Newcastle) will omit their diversion into and out of Corbridge village and call near the Lion roundabout, on the south side of the river.  Buses on Go North East routes X84 and X85 (Hexham-Newcastle), also Arriva 85 and Stagecoach 685 (Carlisle-Newcastle) will run via the A69 between Hexham and Corbridge; they will call near the Angel on the north side of the river but omit their usual stops on the south side.

Access for pedestrians across the bridge will be maintained at all times.

To assist with travel across the bridge NCC have arranged a wheelchair-accessible minibus to run between Hill Street in Corbridge, and the Angel, across the A68 bridge to Riding Mill, with a connection there with buses on Go North East route 10.  This bus will run hourly during the period of closure of the bridge at Corbridge.

NCC have arranged for notices with details of these arrangements to be placed at the bus stops affected, and have asked the bus operators to ensure information is available through their usual channels. 

21.01.14

Speed Activation Signs – please report any faults

The Parish Council has been notified that the signs are not functioning correctly and would like to compile a report of all such instances to send to the installers. 

 If you notice the signs flashing when there are no cars about or failing to trigger on other occasions please report such events to the Parish Clerk by either emailing her at ridingmillclerk@gmail.com or through the contact page on this website. 

 Thank you

The Village Shop

The Village Shop will be closing at midday on Saturday 30th November.  It is not expected to re-open for at least a month.  When there is firm news, it will be posted on the notice boards and put on the village website, ridingmill.org.  Alternative arrangements for the medical basket are being explored. It would be helpful if you indicated to the Surgery if this is an important service for you.

Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy

The Council has recently been asked to comment on the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy.

Consultation begins Thursday 31st October until Thursday 2nd January 2014.

NCC have arranged a number of local drop-in events where you can find out more information.

Thursday 7th November                      Prudhoe (Spetchells Centre, Front Street)

Tuesday 19th November                      Hexham (Prospect House, Hallgate)

Thursday 21st November                     Ponteland (Memorial Hall)

Thursday 28th November                    Haltwhistle (Library, Westgate)

Each event will comprise of an exhibition from 3-6pm followed by a discussion session between 6.30-8.30pm

All of the consultation documents are available to view on the NCC website: www.northumberland.gov.uk/corestrategy or by clicking on the links below.  Paper copies can be requested from NCC.

If you have issues which you want to raise with the Parish Council regarding the Local Plan Core Strategy please contact Councillor Dunhill.

01 Brief Guide to the Core Strategy Preferred Options Stage 2 Consultation October 2013

02 Core Strategy Preferred Options Stage 2 Consultation Document October 2013

03 Core Strategy Preferred Options Stage 2 Response Form October 2013

04 Interim Sustainability Appraisal – Core Strategy Preferred Options Stage 2 October 2013

05 Habitats Regulations Assessment – Core Strategy Preferred Options October 2013

06 Viability Assessment Consultation Paper – October 2013

07 Draft Revised Statement of Community Involvement October 2013

08 Delivery Document – Scoping Document – October 2013