Northumberland County Council is consulting on the Northumberland Local Plan Core Strategy Preferred Options: Housing, Employment and Green Belt Consultation: 31st October-2nd January 2014.
The Eglingham Parish Council clerk has a hard copy of the document and a CD. There are also paper copies at all libraries and planning offices or it can be viewed at www.northumberland.gov.uk/corestrategy.
There will be a drop-in session at Alnwick Council Chamber, Clayport Street on November 20 from 3-6pm and a discussion session later that date from 6.30-8.30pm at the same venue.
Friday 8th November (South Charlton)
Friday 6th December (Eglingham)
Friday 10th January 2014 (South Charlton)
EGLINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk to the Council: Amy Smith
25 Blakelaw Court, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1BY Tel: 01665 603755 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 30 AT SOUTH CHARLTON VILLAGE HALL
13/57 Present – Cllrs D.Alston (chair), W. Purvis, I. Grant, J Lawson, A Sutcliffe, S. Wright, J. Robson, E Stafford
13/58 Apologies for absence – F Robson (vice chair)
13/59 In attendance – Amy Smith (clerk), County Councillor J. Taylor, members of the public; Malcolm Angus, John Rutherford, David Marshall.
13/60 Declaration of Interest – The Declaration of Interest was read out by the chairman.
13/61 Minutes of the meeting held on 7th July 19 2013 at South Charlton Village Hall Cllr I Grant proposed, Cllr Purvis seconded and it was agreed that the minutes were a true record of proceedings and they were duly signed.
13/62 Invited speakers
(Cllr Taylor declared an interest) Shane and Susie McDonald addressed councillors on their offer to apply (at no charge) on behalf of the parish council for a £20,000 grant available to local communities for renewable energy projects.
13/ 63 Matters arising from the minutes
a) Noticeboard- It was agreed that the new noticeboard in Eglingham was of good quality and Mr Bowden will be contacted for a quote for noticeboards at North and South Charlton.
b)Parish Plan – Cllr Sutcliffe told the council that himself and two other volunteers Malcolm Angus and Bill Newton had put together The Parish Plan Strategic Review 2013. Councillors had viewed the document and were impressed by the contents. It was agreed that the document will be put out for a community response via HearAbouts.
c)Model Publication Scheme-It was agreed to adopt the scheme.
d)Superfast broadband – David Marshall reported on a positive meeting with representatives of BT. Fibre optic will be brought to all properties in Eglingham in two years time and it will be no problem to bring it to North Charlton and it is possible at South Charlton. Mr Marshall said we had been bumped up the queue as a result of the meeting and BT having a point of contact. Mr Marshall is going to act as a pilot project providing ducting at his own expense for BT to lay fibre optic to his property. Mr Marshall said BT are keen to have early adopters who can have ducts put in themselves.
e) Eglingham School – Cllr Taylor declared a personal interest. The clerk had not received a response from Mrs Potts but had received an email from Mr Harrison regarding his desire to buy the school and some of the field. It was discussed whether the parish council should sell part of the field to someone buying the school. Cllr Purvis said he felt the council should be prepared to give the community field a fair trial to see if it was used by the community before selling off any large area of the field. He was in agreement with the area agreed to be sold previously. The chair stated that it would be difficult for the school to be sold if the parish council retained all of the field. He said it had already been agreed that the parish council would consider selling some of the land including the staff changing room. The proceeds could be used to fund toilet/changing room facilities on the field.
Cllr Robson had looked at plans at Woodhorn for Eglingham School but they had not contained the staffroom extension.
It was also noted that sales particulars for the school by Rook Matthew Sayer were incorrect stating the staff room would be demolished. The clerk will write to the estate agents.
13/64 Middlemoor Windfarm Commuity Investment Fund – (Cllr Taylor declared an interest) The Chair highlighted that Mr Rutherford had raised the issue of pressing for the funding to subsidise electricity costs for local people. There had been a mixed response to this from email replies and the chair said a decision on whether to push for this would be deferred until the parish plan had been completed. An article was being included in HearAbouts with details for applying to be on the panel for the community investment fund. Cllr Grant raised the question of how the panel will be selected and Cllr Wright is to contact the Community Foundation for details.
13/65 Ditchburn Windfarm proposal – (Cllr Taylor declared an interest) The chair reported that Jeannette Thomson of PNE Wind UK had asked to meet with the parish council but the offer was declined until a planning application had been submitted.
13/66 – County Council update; Cllr Taylor suggested that the clerk email David English at the county council directly to speak at the next meeting regarding neighbourhood planning.
13/67 Financial matters – the clerk had cheques signed for the noticeboard (£350), Greenfingers (£ 135 ) and the clerk’s renumberation (£175.20 ).
13/68 Planning – Councillors had no objections for plans to extend a greenhouse and garden shed into a study at Harehope East Lodge.
13/69 Correspondence – The clerk had received a letter from Carolyn Brewster regarding the state of the litter bins in Eglingham. It was agreed that the litter bin at the end of the church lane would be removed but that it was unneccesary, and the cost prohibitive, to change the litter bin at Eglingham Village Hall.
13/70 Any other business – Cllr Lawson reminded the clerk that wreaths would need to be ordered for Remembrance Day and Cllr Stafford will make a speech.
-Cllr Grant reported highways are looking into the cost of refurbishing the Shipley signpost.
-The clerk will write to the county council regarding street lighting being turned off in South Chartlon after 10.30pm (a matter raised and minuted in April by Mr Rutherford but no response had been received).
1371/ Date of next meeting Friday 27th September at Eglingham Village Hall There being no further business matters the meeting was closed at 2100. The meeting with be chaired by the vice chair as the chair is away.
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