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18 June 2022NEXT ELECTIONS 2025

PARISH COUNCIL elections are next due to take place in May 2025. Further information regarding these will be added when it becomes available nearer to the time. If you are interested in joining the parish council and would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk. 

17 June 2022ERECTION OF STABLES ON ALLOTMENTS

THE PARISH COUNCIL received the following advice on 20th May 2022 from Northumberland County Council's Planning Enforcement Officer regarding the construction of stables on allotment land.

"Firstly, the legislation which permits 'development' (buildings, structures, earthworks etc) without first requiring the benefit of planning permission is Schedule 2 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, often referred to as the 'GPDO'. This legislation covers everything from works within/to residential and commercial properties, agricultural buildings/land, services/utilities and everything in between and has many caveats and conditions imposed to each relevant section. The full legislation is available to view here - The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (legislation.gov.uk)

"In respect of allotment land, there are no specific 'permitted development' rights to construct buildings without first requiring planning permission, however, we would suggest sheds/greenhouses/small ancillary storage buildings, polytunnels, chicken/poultry sheds etc which are common place on allotments throughout Northumberland would be developments which the Council would not pursue allotment tenants in respect of.

"The construction of a stable building would however always require planning permission on allotment land, as traditionally allotments are utilised for growing fruit/vegetables, keeping of hens, chickens, bees etc and would not include the stabling/keeping of horses, as equine developments/buildings fall outside of a 'community' use. This position is supported by previous planning decisions which the Council have made, including the refusal to grant planning permission for a 'stable' building at Lynemouth Allotments back in 2011 (Mr Dunn Plot 100-103), albeit the size of that building was likely considerably larger than the one subject to this correspondence. We have also received several pre-application enquiries for stable buildings on allotment land where we have outlined that planning permission is required.

"As a final definitive response, the erection of a stable building on Lynemouth Allotment land would require planning permission from the Council in our role as the Local Planning Authority".

06 May 2022FLY-TIPPER FINED

THE PUBLIC have been warned to beware of cowboy rubbish collectors. A fly tipper who dumped rubbish in Northumberland has been brought to justice following an investigation by environmental enforcement officers at Northumberland County Council. 

Robert Robinson aged 33, of Market Square, Lynemouth has been ordered to pay a total of £3,370 by North Tyneside Magistrates after pleading guilty to three fly tipping offences in the county last year. The red transit van used during his dumping spree has also been seized. 

An investigation was launched by Northumberland County Council’s public protection environmental enforcement team after piles of rubbish were found dumped on three occasions in the county. 

It was later discovered that Robinson had advertised on social media as a waste carrier and members of the public had paid him in good faith to clear up their waste and dispose of it responsibly. 

On the 18th of August 2021, a report of a large fly-tipping incident was received by Northumberland County Council at Steads Burn, Widdrington. The fly tip consisted of waste plaster boards, insulation, builder’s rubble, and general household rubbish.  

On the 18th of September 2021, a report of a fly-tipping incident was received by the council at the rear of Albert Avenue, Bedlington where a large settee was dumped. 

On the 9th of October 2021, a report of another large fly-tipping incident was received on Cemetery Road, Lynemouth which consisted of white goods, kitchen units and general household waste. 

Robinson was called in for interview with the county council’s enforcement officers where he admitted owning the vehicle they had seized but left the meeting after being asked further questions about its use. 

Magistrates ordered Robinson to a fine of £2,016, to pay £1164.52 in costs and a victim surcharge of £190 a total financial penalty of £3,370.52. They also ordered that the vehicle he used during the offending, be forfeited. 

Northumberland County Councilor, Colin Horncastle, cabinet member for community services said: “There is a growing criminal scam in which residents pay, in good faith, to have their bulky waste taken away by people posing as legitimate waste collectors, but who then, to avoid costs, go on to fly tip the very material they were being paid to pick up.” 
 
“Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence and takes time and money to clear up. There are so many ways to get rid of waste responsibly and most of our residents do so. No matter what the waste, or the reasons behind it, fly tipping will never be tolerated and will be dealt with firmly by the council. “ 

The council is advising residents to always ensure they use a registered waste carrier, who will dispose of their waste lawfully at an authorised site. They are also advised to be particularly wary of businesses that only operate through social media and do not seem to have a landline phone number or business address, or of anyone coming to their door offering to take away rubbish for less than expected. The onus is on the owner of the waste to make sure it is disposed of lawfully otherwise they too run the risk of prosecution. 
 
Before handing over their waste to anyone, residents should ask to see a current waste carriers license issued by the Environment Agency and obtain a waste transfer note or invoice from the business which should include the vehicle registration number used for removal and where the waste is going. If they cannot give you these items, then do not give them your waste. 

06 May 2022SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY

Northumberland Communities Together Response Hub. Tel: 01670 620015 (9am-6pm, 7 days a week) or email: NCT@northumberland.gov.uk

This was launched by Northumberland County Council in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.  It continues to make sure residents are kept safe and well throughout this crisis, and provides coordination to support individual volunteers, voluntary groups and communities across our county.

08 April 2022COMMUNITY TREES - PLANT A TREE FOR THE JUBILEE

THE PARISH COUNCIL'S application for a tree pack via The Queen’s Green Canopy free trees for communities scheme has been successful - 15 saplings for a small urban space - for delivery in November 2022.

05 April 2022CENTENNIAL GARDEN PROJECT

THE PARISH COUNCIL has constructed a Centennial Nature Garden to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the Ashington Coal Company building a modern mining village in Lynemouth in 1921. The garden will be officially unveiled on Thursday 5th May 2022 at 2:00 p.m. on the site of a former scout hut in Boland Road. The derelict wasteland has been converted into a pleasant relaxing area with timber benches and information boards which will begin with the story of how the village was established over 100 years ago. The plants chosen are low maintenance and will look very well when in flower as follows: Aucuba Japonica Rozannie; Brachylottis monroi; Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus; Spirea japonica. The total cost of the project is £31,609 funded from the money ScottishPower Renewables pays into a wind turbine fund managed by the Parish Council and distributed for local projects and regeneration, with the Parish Council making up the shortfall not covered by grant aid. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund awarded £166.66 towards a commemorative stone to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

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