Ellingham Parish Council
School car park and other matters arising
Matters are progressing over the Ellingham School car park and the parish council chairman Mr Mundy is to follow up with the head teacher.
Trees and Grit, Newham Village – In response to request from village resident, the clerk had contacted the county council to ask for grit piles to be delivered to the village. With regard to trees being cut back, owner did not wish to cut them as (a) they are ash trees and (b) provide a wildlife habitat.
Wandylaw junction with A1 – Petition from local residents supporting the request that junction is not reinstated to previous condition after completion of wind farm construction work to be presented by Mr Barber and Mr Mundy at Area Meeting in Morpeth.
Wandylaw road – top end beside houses – Natural Power/Ridgewind has helpfully agreed to assist with works to level surface and make necessary cuttings in roadsides to prevent water standing on the road. Co-ordination required between Parish Council, County Council and RidgeWind/Natural Power.
Representative from Ellingham Estate to meet parishioner and look at problem areas where paths are exceptionally muddy/rutted.
Amended plans for redevelopment of Farm Steading, Ellingham Home Farm – no objections; a better entrance to property.
Ellingham: Suggested scheme to resolve problem requires culverts to be built under road in two places. Mr Mundy to contact NCC to discuss proposals further.
Bus Route 460
Mr Mundy, Mr Unwin and Mrs A Machen met with Mr I Coe (NCC). At this meeting it became clear that unless average passenger numbers increased to 13 per week then notice would be given to the bus operator at the end of January that the service would be terminated at the end of March.
Letters have been sent out to parish councils on the route and to parishioners in Ellingham encouraging them to use the route in order to boost numbers.
Parish councillors also agreed unanimously to set aside £200 of precept in case this is needed to subsidise the service. Operation of a travel club (collecting funds from users to contribute towards running costs) also to be considered in detail.
Community Forum had agreed to fund production of four free quarterly, parish magazines (cost £200) for one year. After some discussion councillors agreed unanimously also to contribute £50 towards general running costs of the magazine.
Ellingham Parish Council hosting next Belford & Seahouses Community Forum meeting on January 31 at 6.30pm. The next parish council meeting is on Tuesday, February 12, 7.30pm.
Items for Circulation
A number of items were circulated among councillors.
Public consultation documents regarding future arrangements for midwifery-led services in Berwick were left in the hall for residents to pick up.
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