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15 October 2020REMEMBER FROM HOME

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY in Lynemouth will be very different this year Due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. A very short wreath laying ceremony will be led by the Chair and Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council at the war memorial outside Lynemouth Institute on Bridge Road on Sunday 8th November 2020  at 11.00 a.m. with the two-minute silence, just for invited representatives from those organisations which traditionally lay a wreath at the war memorial, to keep the outdoor event small. Other members of the public who wish to lay a tribute may do so throughout the morning and afternoon whilst adhering to national and local government restrictions.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

14 October 2020TREES FOR THE COMMUNITY

THE WOODLAND TRUST wants to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree so they are giving away hundreds of thousands of FREE trees to communities. The Parish Council's trees (420 saplings) are on their way and delivery is expected between 2nd and 20th November mainly for the strip of wild woodland behind the pit wheel, to establish food and shelter for wildlife and create a living legacy for future generations, and possibly along Barron's Walk at Lynemouth Dene. The species are: hawthorn, rowan, blackthorn, silver birch, hazel, common oak. The Parish Council has enough space on council owned land to plant this number of trees with some assistance from the local community (all ages). The free tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners Sainsbury's, players of the People's Postcode Lottery, Lloyds Bank, Ovo Energy, Joules, Bank of Scotland, and Sofology.

13 October 2020CHRISTMAS COMES TO LYNEMOUTH

THE OFFICIAL SWITCH-ON of the Christmas lights in Lynemouth in early December 2020 will be a low-key event this year due to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. Children from the local school will not be performing their customary Carols by Candlelight through the village. The winner of Lynemouth Parish Council’s  third “Design a Festive Light” competition will be announced and their winning Christmas stocking design will be made up into a festive motif and will take pride of place in Bridge Road. 4ft artificial Christmas trees with LED lights will be installed on West Market Street, generously sponsored by Lynemouth Pharmacy and the Co-operative shop, and lights donated by the Parish Council will be placed on the trees outside Lynemouth Institute as usual.

05 October 2020RESURFACING: REAR OF PARK ROAD

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL has given notice that resurfacing work at the rear of Park Road will commence on Wednesday 7th October 2020 for a period of 3 days (weather permitting).

01 October 2020CONSULTATION: POLICE AND CRIME PLAN

"Since my election as your Police and Crime Commissioner last year I have been listening to the public and engaging with organisations to hear what they need from Northumbria Police, and now is the time to start turning that feedback into action.

Today I am launching a major public consultation on my next Police and Crime Plan. This will set out the strategic priorities for the next four years, and, just as importantly, it will set out how I hold the chief constable to account in delivering on these for you.

In launching this consultation I am asking communities and organisations to consider the future of our local policing needs under three main themes – Fighting Crime, Preventing Crime and Improving Lives. I’ve explained in more detail what these themes cover on my website. In order to gather views on these I have launched a survey asking people what they need from the force and I’d be grateful if you could take the time to fill this in and share this survey with others.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PCPConsultation20/

... it’s vital your views .. are heard during this consultation. I would be grateful if you could share this survey link with .. residents and local organisations and encourage them to have their say.

Later this year I’ll be producing the first draft of the Police and Crime Plan, and I’ll be back in touch with you then to get your views ahead of the final version".

Kim McGuinness 
Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner

28 September 2020GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Government's press release issued on the latest restrictions in the North East is attached below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INDOOR INTER-HOUSEHOLD MIXING RESTRICTED IN PARTS OF THE NORTH EAST

  • Measures will be brought into law restricting inter-household mixing in indoor settings, including pubs and restaurants in Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland
  • Incidence rates over 100 per 100,000 in six of the seven areas last week
  • Package of financial support being agreed to tackle rising infection rates in these areas and support the latest measures.

In close discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed to strengthen local measures in parts of the North East.

Current guidance in several areas of the North East advises residents not to mix with people outside their household or bubble in indoor settings, including pubs and restaurants.

In response to high and increasing infection rates, this guidance will now be enforceable by law and subject to fines from 00:01 Wednesday 30th September. The rules will apply to seven areas: Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland.

Covid secure schools and workplaces are not affected by this update.

Alongside this, a funding package is being agreed with councils to support the measures and tackle the rising infection rate, with further details to be confirmed.

The changes are in addition to existing regulations prohibiting household mixing in private homes and gardens, and have been agreed in response to high and increasing infection rates in these areas, with incidence rates over 100 per 100,000 in six of the seven areas last week.

PHE, the JBC and NHS Test and Trace constantly monitor the levels of infection and other data on prevalence of the virus across the country.

Discussions are continuing with local leaders in Merseyside to establish whether additional measures may be necessary there and, as has always been the case, all measures are kept under constant review.

As announced last week, childcare bubbles will be able to form in areas of intervention to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household, as long as they are consistent. This includes formal and informal childcare arrangements. People in support bubbles in these areas can also continue to meet in any setting.

 - ENDS –

25 September 2020LYNEMOUTH LANDFILL RECOVERY

UPDATE FROM AARON MCNEILL, FCERM MANAGER, FLOOD & COASTAL EROSION RISK MANAGEMENT, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL:

"Discussions with the EA [Environment Agency] about the waste permit are ongoing and we continue to work towards beginning on site in April 2021, but timings will depend on this permit. In preparation for work beginning next April and on finding lizards on site, we have to move quite quickly to protect the lizards before they hibernate. To this end, our contractor BAM Nuttal will return to site next week, for a period of 2-3 weeks to cut back the vegetation within the planned working areas. This work is critical to enabling us to work towards our target dates for the main works. As previously, the contractor will base themselves on the Coal Authorities land south of the river. The samples taken during last month's site investigation are being analysed in the laboratory to further inform the design. We expect to be able to publish the updated risk assessment mid to late November. Rick O'Farrell has met with the Coal Authority to discuss the scheme and seek their cooperation and financial support in progressing the scheme. The CA recognises the importance of the scheme and are giving consideration to a financial contribution. They have been cooperative in allowing us to use their site to date for our works compound and we expect this to extend to the main works next year, hopefully enabling us to keep construction traffic out of both Lynemouth and Cresswell. Alongside developing the scheme I have been thinking about how we can use this scheme to deliver wider benefits and, in particular, engage with the primary school in Lynemouth to contribute to the curriculum in terms of local history/industrial legacy, environmental and climate change issues, and geography.  We are currently developing a proposal with which to approach the school and I hope to provide further information during next month's update. .. I intend to publish an online update later today".

24 September 2020NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY TO BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION

THE ELECTIONS OFFICE at Northumberland County Council has confirmed that no requests from electors to call an election have been received and the Parish Council can fill the one casual vacancy by co-option at the earliest convenience. The Parish Council has 12 council 'seats' serving the electorate and currently has 10 parish councillors. 

17 September 2020ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

NEW COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ACROSS THE NORTH EAST

Following rising cases of COVID-19 across the region, Northumberland County Council has worked alongside Newcastle, County Durham, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead councils to request new stricter COVID-19 prevention measures from the Government to stop the spread of coronavirus across the North East. The Government has today (Thursday 17th September) announced that additional restrictions will come into effect from 00.01 on Friday 18th September. The main points are outlined below but we are still awaiting clarification from the Government on the finer details.

Legislation - regulations will lawfully enforce the following:

Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households in private homes and gardens.

All hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.

Late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with venues required to close between 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Guidance:

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:  

Residents should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues.  

Residents are advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work (rather than car sharing etc).

Holidays should be taken within your own household or support bubble.

Residents are advised against attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

04 September 2020FREE FACE COVERINGS

THE PARISH COUNCIL is providing face coverings FREE to any resident who needs one but please be responsible and take only what you need! As more people return to work, the UK Government has said masks should be used on public transport, in shops and "in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible". These masks are available to collect from Sunflower Cafe, Albion Terrace. Telephone: 07901 336271.

03 September 2020COMMUNITY SUPPORT: CORONAVIRUS FUND

THE PARISH COUNCIL has given some thought to the best way it can help in this rapidly evolving situation and have agreed the following motions. The focus is to offer emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus, to directly support work in the community, and to help residents and organisations survive over this period of closures and isolation.

MOTION 1 PASSED - RESOLVED: THAT the money the Parish Council set aside to donate to good causes as grants or donations, i.e. the underspend for the financial year 2019/2020 [£2,638] and the sum assigned from general reserves for 2020/2021 [£3,500], shall be combined to form a dedicated £6,138 Coronavirus Fund to support community groups and organisations through this period of uncertainty.

MOTION 2 PASSED - RESOLVED: THAT £2,638 underspent in the financial year 2019/2020 shall be utilised to subsidise the provision by Lynemouth Day Centre of hot meals at home in the sum of £2.00 each meal to directly benefit individuals, who must reside within the Parish of Lynemouth*.

MOTION 3 PASSED - RESOLVED: THAT the sum of £1,500 shall be donated to Wansbeck Valley Foodbank from the sum of money set aside for the current financial year 2020/2021 [£3,500] to directly benefit individuals, who must reside within the Parish of Lynemouth*.

*Residence for these purposes requires bodily presence as an inhabitant in Lynemouth as a fixed and permanent home.

12 August 2020LYNEMOUTH LANDFILL RECOVERY

UPDATE FROM AARON MCNEILL, FCERM MANAGER, FLOOD & COASTAL EROSION RISK MANAGEMENT, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL:

"To update you on our progress in developing the scheme.  We have this week begun additional site investigation works involving trial pits and boreholes to take further soil and water samples.  We expect this investigation to last approximately 2 weeks after which the samples will undergo laboratory testing.  A small compound has been set up within the Coal Authority site to aid this work.

In addition, the phase 1 Habitat Survey and topographic surveys have now been completed. Interestingly, the habitat survey revealed that a protected lizard species (Common Lizards) occupies the site in addition to Sand Martins which we are aware of nesting in the cliff face between March and September.  We are currently liaising with the County Ecologist (David Feige) for advice which will likely result in some mitigation works in the lead up to construction".

Northumberland County Council's website includes some photographs of the plant on site at the moment.

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