MINUTES OF A MEETING OF WARKWORTH PARISH COUNCIL - 04.12.08.
Present: Cllrs Mr S Elliott, Mr J Watson, Mrs J Watson, Mr C Ward, Miss H. Wilson, Mr A Clark, Mrs C.
MacKay, Mr J Heir.
1 Apologies for absence: Cllr. Dr J. Cox
2 Minutes of last meeting
The Minutes of the last meeting were approved and signed; they have been posted on village notice
boards and the web site.
3 Visit of Northumbria Police
A representative of Northumbria Police not being able to attend the meeting, Cllr. Mr Watson said he
had been told by them that a new Community Policeman will be available for Warkworth and Shilbottle
from January, and would regularly attend Parish Council meetings.
4 Visit of the Rights of Way Committee, Northumberland County Council
Mr Tony Derbyshire of the Rights of Way Committee gave the meeting details of the proposed repairs
to the river footpaths damaged in the recent flood. He said following discussions with Northumberland
Estates and the Environment Agency, they had given their consent for the work. Mr Derbyshire gave
details of the two options for the repair of the most damaged section lying between the Castle ramp
for approx. two thirds of the distance to the kissing gate into the Hermitage Field. 400 ms. of path and
significant sections of bank and trees had been eroded. The options are as follows:
Option1. To construct a new aggregate track on the current route of the path would initially require
substantial revetment works, where hard engineering solutions such as gabion cages, steel piling rock
armour or timber revetment would be an essential prerequisite. The Environment Agency do not like
this hard engineering, it would cost between £40,000 and £50,000 and as the path is low at this point
it would not reduce the likelihood of the aggregate being scoured from the surface in future years.
Option 2. Would be to move the path approx. 2 m. away from the river, and raise the height of the
path. This solution would not be reliant upon carrying out major revetment work; willow and alder
pegs would be planted at the most damaged areas, which would later be pollarded. Spoil from the
new route would be used to re-profile the bank. About 6 trees, 5 sycamore and 1 oak will require to
be removed plus some shrubbery, and any overhanging branches removed. Several seats would
need to be moved a short distance away from their current positions. The proposed route would also
travel over the Mill Well, which may need some revetment to protect it and maintain it as an important
local feature. Cllr. Mrs MacKay asked whether the arched tree would have to be removed and Mr
Derbyshire replied that it would be kept if at all possible, but may have to be removed. This is the
preferred plan and has been agreed by the Environment Agency. It was agreed by the Council that
they supported Option 2. Full details of the proposed works will be put on the Parish Board.
The Council agreed to the use of a couple of parking bays on the Stanners to store materials whilst
work was in progress. Work will begin in January and it was anticipated that the work would be
completed by the end of March. During this time the path will be closed.
The remaining sections of the Monk and Mill Walks will be resurfaced and Mr Derbyshire also said
that they hoped to improve the area where the kissing gate and field gate leads to the Hermitage
landing. Stone will be put around as new field gate to provide a dry entry for wheelchairs
Cllr Mr Watson mentioned the original stone Castle boat landing that was also damaged in the flood,
but Mr Derbyshire said that its repair was not the responsibility of the County Council. He also said
that no monies were at present available to NCC from central Government towards the repair of areas
damaged by the flood.
The Highways Dept. have applied for funding with a view to replacing the Black Bridge, but it would
not be this financial year, possibly in a couple of years. At the present time there is not enough
money to even take the old structure away. He agreed to return in the spring to give the Council an
update and Cllr. Mr Elliott thanked him for attending the meeting.
5 Matters arising.
Proposed Gift Hampers to village flood victims.
Cllr. Mr Heir left the room before discussion commenced on the gift hampers. Cllr. Mr Elliott gave
details of a meeting with the various parties involved. He said donations are presently coming in,
either in kind or money, from a wide selection of donors throughout the village. The parties involved
will meet at 2.00 p.m. 20 December in the Parish Rooms to put together the hampers, which will be
delivered the following Sunday.
Cllr. Mr Heir gave the meeting an overview of the public meeting with Mr Paul Hendy. Mr Hendy has
suggested that he return with the Environment Agency in the New Year to discuss possible flood
defences for particular properties.
This is now complete and looks extremely good. Cllr. Mrs Watson mentioned a slipped tile which may
block the gutter.
Speeding at the top of Morwick Road
Following his meeting with The Highways Dept of County Council, Cllr. Mr Watson said that the
position of the four posts for the interactive sign would be as follows: on the B6345 at Togston and
Acklington; on Morwick Road going east, just passed the turning for Watershaugh Road and on the
A1068 just before the turning into River Green. This last area was chosen because of accidents in
recent years. The County Council also agreed to extend the 30 mph speed limit to just north of the
Warkworth nameplate on Morwick Road. It is proposed to put this on the list for next years’ schemes.
Notice Board and Butts Parking bays
Both of these projects are now waiting for confirmation of funding from Alnwick District Council.
The Bridge Tower
The Clerk will write to Northumberland Estates to thank them for clearing the weeds and saplings from
the top of the Bridge Tower and also ask about the embankment on the Stanners and the two parking
areas that are still roped off.
The Northumberland Charter for Local Councils
Cllr. Mr Watson gave details of the meeting held at Alnwick about the proposed Charter. He said
generally it was considered possible for the bigger parishes to take on more responsibilities, but not
the small parishes. The Parish Council’s response will be that they wish to maintain the status quo.
Vacancy on Parish Council
Following the resignation of Cllr. Mrs Karen Fender, notices will be placed on the village notice boards
inviting anyone interested in filling the vacancy to contact the Clerk.
6 Correspondence Received.
Letter of thanks from Warkworth in Bloom Noted
Amble Town Council – Chairman’s Reception CW and HW to attend.
Letter of resignation from Mrs Karen Fender File * see above
Housing Needs Survey from ADC File
Play Equipment Inspection Form JW
Northumberland Estates – damage to fencing no action
Alnwick District Landscape Character Draft
Supplementary Planning Document File, no response.
Mrs Catherine Lowery re memorial Seat Notify when path repaired
E Mail from MEP Timothy Kirkhope Clerk to respond
From Dr Christopher Burgess re Bridge Tower File
Mrs Judith Frisch re Donation for Hampers File
Planning for Renewables Supplementary
Planning Document from ADC Return form.
Cllr. Mr Watson gave details of his correspondence with Sustrans about the seat back on Rotary Way.
Sustrans have now treated the back with wood stain and added top soil to the surrounding area.
Further investigations may be necessary about the damaged brickwork.
Mr D Hall for Cemetery Chapel Windows £560.00
Warkworth in Bloom Donation £1,000.00
Clerks Salary & Expenses £238.32
The Clerk presented three quotations for grass cutting and spraying operations in the Village for the
next three years. It was agreed that Juniper Forestry, who provided the lowest quotation, again be
asked to provide this service.
Proposed Development: Kitchen Extension, removal of glass lantern and flat roof and replace with
flat roof system with sedum finish at Church Hill House, 6 Station Road, Warkworth.
Applicant: Mr Peter Frampton, Church Hill House, Warkworth..
Council comments: no objections.
Proposed Development: First floor en-suite extension at Low Buston Hall, Warkworth.
Applicant: Mr & Mrs J & R Park, Low Buston Hall, Warkworth.
Council comments: no objections.
The Planning Inspectorate have dismissed Appeals A and B to develop land near New Barns Farm,
Warkworth as a caravan park. Details will be placed on the Notice Board.
9 Unpaid work by Northumberland Probation Service
Cllr. Mrs Watson said that she had had a meeting with Mr John Ball of Ashington Probation Service.
She reported that work will start to clear the inside of the Cemetery Chapel before Christmas. They
will also paint the gates to the cemetery and door to the garden, clear the wild flower garden and ivy
from paths etc. and trim the trunks of several lime trees. They have already carried out a beach
clean. The work on the URC car park will also start shortly. Cllr. Mrs Watson said that the work
programme was set up for the coming year.
10 Applications for donations – Warkworth Christmas Lights.
Discussion took place on an application by the Lights Committee for a donation towards the cost of
more permanent lights for next season. A donation of £600.00 was agreed and will be paid next
A request has been received from the Warkworth History Society for a donation to pay for the cost of
donated copies of the society’s Archive Catalogue 2008. This item will be put on the Agenda for
11 Any Other Business
Cllr. Miss Wilson said that the green bin in the Beach Road Car Park was overflowing and the rubbish
blowing around the car park. Cllr. Mrs Watson said that the Probation Service would carry out a litter
pick in the area.
Cllr Elliott said that Mr Andy Webber had offered to carry out a presentation of the work to be carried
out on St. Lawrence’s Church wall, where two new buttresses are to be built. The Council agreed for
this to take place at the next meeting.
Cllr. Mr Elliott said he had had a letter from the Solicitors who had taken over Adamsons, the
Council’s Solictors, saying that the lease for the Market Cross was not complete. Cllr. Mr Elliott will
respond, agreeing to the completion of the lease.
12 Date and time of next meeting.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 8th January 2009 at 7.00 pm in the Memorial Hall.