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On this page you will find Notices of forthcoming Parish Council meetings and other local news.  If you have items of news you would like to have included on this page, please contact Martin Chilvers, Elsdon Parish Clerk (details on the Contact Us page) or send a message using the Guestbook.

17 September 2020Elsdon village green bonfire / fireworks cancellation

At the recent Elsdon Parish Council meeting the Parish Councillors made the decision that sadly the bonfire & fireworks event on Elsdon village green would have to be cancelled this year.

The decision was made following the most recent government social distancing instructions.

The event has run for many years, always on 5 November, and is popular with many from the local communities. Unfortunately with the increasing level of Covid19 cases the Councillors were concerned about the health and safety of local residents and have decided to cancel the event until 2021.

10 September 2020Parish Council Meeting

Given the government instructions there will be no face-to-face Parish Council meetings until further notice.

An agenda will still be posted on this website a few days before the next due meeting on 8 October, 2020 and you can comment on any aspect via either 520535 or elsdonpc@hotmail.co.uk

The meeting will be held via zoom and should you wish to join please email the Parish Clerk at elsdonpc@hotmail.co.uk for the invite link.

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The next Elsdon Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 8 October, 2020. It will start at 7.00pm and be held at the Village Hall, Elsdon.

An agenda of the meetings can be found here a few days before as well as on the notice board in the village. This agenda plus previous documents and minutes can also be accessed via the 'Document Library' section of this website.

Please note that unless otherwise advised future meetings will be held on the second Thursday each month.

03 July 2020Public phone box in Elsdon - BT plan to have it removed

NCC is seeking parish councillor’s views on the proposed closure of BT phone boxes located in the parish.

Telephone Box No: Proposal to remove phone box 01830520676

Location: PCO PCO1 Elsdon Newcastle Upon Tyne NE19 1AA

Application No. 20/02028/BT

As you may already be aware BT is currently undertaking a programme of proposed public payphone removals. The above public payphone in Northumberland which has a very low usage level and has been identified by BT for removal under full consultation. A consultation notice for the relevant payphone has been displayed to ensure that the local community are fully informed.

NCC acts as the ‘local organisation/Relevant Public Body ’, as identified in the Ofcoms: ‘Guidance on procedures for the removal of public call boxes’. The ‘local organisation’ gathers information to help make an informed decision about the removal of public call boxes.

In order to do this do this NCC will seek the views of the local community by carrying out a consultation process- this process is not prescribed by Ofcom-although it is suggested that parish councils be informed which call boxes have been identified in their area for closure and their input sought . I shall be pleased to receive your observations within 21 days of the receipt of this letter (dated 2 July, 2020). You can reply with your observations to planningcomments@northumberland.gov.uk.

In addition to the views and opinions expressed by parish councils and individuals- BT recommend that the local organisation look at the area that surrounds the box and the people who live locally and consider the following:

Who lives there - Is it predominantly private rented, or council housing, - this might suggest residents on a lower income without access to mobile and fixed telephones.

Number of households – There might be concerns about alternative access to telephone services for low population densities.

Emergency calls – especially in those areas where there is limited, or low mobile signal.

General mobile phone coverage- in remote rural areas phone coverage is often weak.

After the initial consultation NCC will weight up the views that have been received and makes their first decision, this is called the First Notice – this information will be published on NCC Planning Website for a further consultation process that will run until 11th August 2020

Having considered all the evidence NCC can exercise a right of veto to the BT proposal, this has to be supported by sufficient evidence identified through the consultation process.

NCC will consider the responses to the First Notice, and make their final decision. A Final Notice will be published, setting out their final decision by 28th September 2020

Please send your responses to https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/onlineapplications// quoting the application reference 20/02028/BT.

 

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