Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting April 2018

PONTELAND TOWN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTORS

HELD AT MERTON HALL, PONTELAND ON

11 APRIL 2018

Present:

Councillor A Varley – Mayor

And some 29 Local Government Electors

  1. MINUTES

The Minutes of the Annual Town Meeting held on 12 April 2017 were confirmed and signed by the Mayor.

  1. MAYOR’S REPORT

The Mayor presented his report for the year 2017-18.

  1. PRESENTATION OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD

On behalf of the Council, the Mayor presented an engraved gift to Lucinda Porter who was presented with the award for all of her many years work with the Guides.  Ms Porter had been involved with Guides in various roles over the last 46 years and the Mayor reported on her many achievements and milestones over this period of time.

  1. PUBLIC QUESTIONS

Mr Robin Ramsay asked if the Council had any plans to replace the skate park.  He expressed concerned at the Town Council’s cavalier attitude to closing the facility when a lot of the local youth had supported the venture.

The Mayor replied that the area had become a meeting place for those who wished to engage in anti-social behaviour and he mentioned the huge amount of work that had gone into repairs and replacement by the Council’s staff.

As part of the new development for the school and leisure complex, a climbing wall was being constructed.

Since the skate park opened, the number of users had diminished considerably.

Mr David Butler asked two questions, one related to the lighting at the Pele tower.  He had expressed concern at the decision to have different coloured lighting used.

The Clerk reported that this had been discussed by the Environment Working Party.  There had been no other complaints received and they had noted the comments of Mr Butler.  The Clerk apologised for not reporting this back to Mr Butler.

He also asked about the project for lighting the Pele tower.  The Clerk reported that the Council hoped to get an external supply for the lighting and a price had been obtained for a new supply and various permissions etc were being investigated.

 

Mr Butler also asked why the large Pyracantha bush had been cut down in the rockery on Main Street as this was useful for insects and bees.

The Clerk reported that judges for both Northumbria and Britain in Bloom had raised this area as one which required improvement.  Further planting would take place as well as new rocks being added to the rockery over the coming weeks.

There being no further questions, the meeting closed at 7.40 p.m.

 

 

 
 

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