28 Sep DRAFT MINUTES OF THE PARISH MEETING – 26TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Draft Minutes of the meeting of Chollerton Parish Council held on 26th September 2018 at 7.30.p.m. in Barrasford Village Hall.
Present: Cllr Edward Heslop (Chair); Cllr Steven Campbell; Cllr Fiona Charlton;
Cllr Maggie Tarbit; Cllr Dorothy Pigg; Cllr Maud Jupp;
County Councillor Rupert Gibson and Liz Atkinson (Clerk)
Cllr Heslop welcomed everyone to the meeting.
2018/09/1. Apologies for absence.
Received from Cllr Dover (Vice-Chair).
2018/09/2. Opportunity for Members of the Public Present at the meeting to Raise
There were no members of the public present.
2018/09/3. Declarations of Interest from Members.
2018/09/4. a. Minutes of the Previous Meeting.
All agreed these were an accurate and true record and were signed and
dated by Cllr Heslop.
2018/09/4.b. Matters Arising.
- The Clerk had contacted the agent for Chipchase Estates, James Reynolds
of Savills in Corbridge. He had investigated the ownership of the bridge on
the footpath at ‘Money Hill, Gunnerton’.
As far as he was aware the bridge was not part of a public footpath but he
was awaiting confirmation from Tim Fish of Northumberland County
Council. The Parish Council would wait for a reply from James Reynolds.
County Cllr Gibson felt this would come under the jurisdiction of David
Brookes but that if it was not a public footpath the County Council would
have no responsibility for it.
- The Clerk has emailed Karbon Homes identifying the need for more
suitable parking for residents at West Crescent , Gunnerton and asked for
the present parking area to be tidied up. She was still awaiting a reply
despite chasing this up.
- Cllr Dover had obtained two quotes for repairing the bus shelter roof at
Barrasford. –James Dickinson £294.00
The Clerk would contact James Dickinson and ask him to go ahead with
- The Clerk has advertised the Parish Councillor Vacancy but as yet had
not been approached by anyone interested. Cllr Heslop hoped two people
who had spoken to him might be interested, but time would tell.
- Cllr Heslop proposed that a value of £1000.00 be put down for the play area at
Chishillwayas. This was agreed.
- Cllr Heslop had spoken to the tenant Selby North-Lewis –who agreed to trim
the branches when he was hedge cutting. The Chair would also request trimming
at the T junction at the top of Dalla Bank.
- Cllr Heslop had emailed his suggestions for the Local Plan to all the
Parish Councillors and as no one had disagreed with this he had submitted
them before the meeting as they were due in before 30th Sept.
- Cllr Heslop asked County Cllr Gibson to push the signage promised for the
bends at Chollerton Viaduct in the Transport Plan. He agreed to do this.
- The Clerk had contacted Stu Taylor of Crederemedia in regard to
updating the website. There had been some delay in responding but Stu Taylor
had agreed to do this.
- The Clerk had reminded Highways of the need for road-markings beside
the 30mph signs on entering Gunnerton. A reply had been received asking if
2 or 3 were needed and that they would be put on the’ to do’ list.
- The traffic calming signs seemed to be a success through Colwell, with the
majority of traffic adhering to the speed limit.
- Although a number of emails had been sent to Karbon Homes asking for the
pruning of the cherry tree outside 34 East Acres in Barrasford, nothing had been
done. This would be chased up by The Clerk.
- The Clerk had emailed both Nigel Orrick and Charles McGowan, as instructed,
with regard to them organising their own equipment inspection by ROSPA for
Gunnerton Playing Field. As she had had no reply, she had spoken to Dee
McGowan to ensure the emails had been received. She also asked that the
cheque delivered to the McGowans’ of £136( for the insurance cover and the wall
repair )be presented to the bank asap. Dee McGowan would chase this up.
2018/09/5. County Councillor Report.
County Cllr Gibson informed the meeting that the ‘tar and chipping’
for the road surfacing had now come to an end for the year.
Unfortunately road surfacing which was in the plan had not been completed and
roads like ‘Middle Farm roadend to Chollerton’, which were desperately in need
of attention had been missed again.
County Cllr Gibson assured the meeting that the signs for the viaduct at
Chollerton would be in place in due course.
County Cllr Gibson informed the meeting of the need to replace a street light pole
which was positioned in a hedge on the roadside opposite the Barrasford Arms.
This was actually maintained by the gardener for the owners of The Manor
Cllr Heslop asked County Cllr Gibson to make Highways aware of the need to
plough the road between Middle Farm and Chollerton in severe snowy weather
conditions.It was evident this had not been done in the last snow storm.
The Clerk would also contact Highways on this point.
The Chair thanked County Cllr Gibson for attending the meeting.
2018/09/6.Items for Discussion.
- There were no transport items.
- Concern was expressed over the number of collisions occurring on Brunton
- Maintenance-grass cutting on path between Barrasford Garage and The Quarry.
A letter had been received from a resident in the Parish asking if this grass could be cut again as it was becoming overgrown.
Cllr Heslop had contacted Barrasford Quarry but had not received a reply.
The Clerk would ask James Dickinson if he could do this as a one off and then
it would have to be decided in the future what was to be done to maintain it.
- The website had already been covered.
▪Cllr Heslop quickly went through a letter from NALC which had been
emailed to the rest of the Parish Councillors.
▪ A letter had been received from Elissa Patterson asking if some of the residents
within Chishillways development could plant some climbing plants on the wall in
the play area on the back of the garages and on the end of the garages.
Cllr Heslop would contact the lady who wrote the letter as there was some
concern that any plants in the play area would not work when children were
playing ball games etc.
▪A letter had also been received from a resident concerned by the use of the
same play area by local residents to exercise their dogs.
It was agreed by all the Parish Councillors this was not acceptable and The
Clerk would purchase and erect a sign saying ‘NO DOGS’.
▪Cllr Dover had suggested the purchase and erection of a ‘Silent Soldier’ such
as the one standing on the roadside beside the sign for Corbridge in
remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Two World Wars. The Clerk
had contacted Corbridge Parish Council and this had been obtained from
The Royal British Legion, with a donation given.
Cllr Heslop said he had also looked into the possibility of a seat such as the one
After some discussion it was felt that due to the layout of the Parish, a safe ,
suitable location may be difficult to find. The Chair would speak to Cllr Dover.
The Memorial Issue would be on the agenda for November.
▪Northumberland County Council had sent an email which it was felt The Clerk
should put on the website. It held a link to a consultation with regard to the
County Council reducing the level of council tax support for working age
Claimants in Northumberland.
2018/09/8. Financial Matters.
i)The Bank Reconciliation was circulated to the meeting.
All cheques had been presented and the balance at 29.9.2018 was £9551.73
ii)The Clerk explained with the new Auditors a Certificate was not given as
Chollerton Parish Council were exempt.
She asked that the Accounts for 2017-2018 now be formally adopted. This was
agreed by all and The Chair signed and dated the Accounts.
iii)The Clerk presented expenses for ink purchased of £26.00.cheque 100647
Application number 18/02931/LBC
Mrs Torday Listed Building Consent-these had been circulated before the
Meeting. No Objections.
- Lead Member for Planning for October/November 2018-Cllr Campbell.
2018/09/10. Information Items.
2018/09/11. Any Other Business.
Cllr Jupp and Cllr Tarbit were to begin their Speed Watch Training.
They had already had quite an in-depth interview and induction and
hoped to be in training soon.
Cllr Pigg informed the meeting of tree felling which was to begin soon above
the Pumping Station and Football Pitch at Barrasford.
As soon as she knew the date she would let the Clerk know so local residents
could be made aware. The area in question was well used by dog walkers who,
(for safety’s sake if nothing else) would not be able to walk there.
2018/09/12. Date and Venue for Next Meeting.
The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 28th November 2018 at
7.30 p.m. in Gunnerton Church.
The meeting closed at 8.35 p.m.