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31 July 2020SMOKE FROM ALLOTMENT GARDEN BONFIRES

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER at Northumberland County Council's Public Health Protection Unit has received a complaint that smoke from garden bonfires on the allotments has been causing a nuisance to nearby properties. The complaint alleges that the smoke is particularly strong at times and fires seem to have been lit when the wind is blowing towards the houses, resulting in washing having to be brought in, and windows having to be closed. A bonfire must not be allowed to create a nuisance to other tenants or neighbours. Complaints about bonfires will be investigated and can result in a fixed penalty notice, legal action, and the termination of the allotment tenancy. It is illegal to burn waste from a commercial activity or to burn construction or demolition waste.

21 July 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. Lynemouth, NE61 5SX, telephone: 07901 336271.

 

03 July 2020INVITATION TO TENDER: RENEWAL OF WATER PIPE IN LYNEMOUTH ALLOTMENTS

LYNEMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL is inviting suitably qualified and experienced contractors to tender for renewal of the water pipe in the allotment site located off Fenham Road. The Invitation to Tender (ITT) will open at 12 Noon on Friday 3rd July 2020. The Parish Council does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any tender. Those submitting tenders must ensure they complete the Tender Form and return it with a copy of their relevant liability insurance and a copy of their Health & Safety policy, as specified in the instructions set out in the Invitation To Tender. The price submitted should be the total sum (excluding VAT). Any questions concerning this document or the tendering process should be sent to the Parish Clerk.

01 July 2020LYNEMOUTH BAY POLLUTION

THE FOLLOWING update was requested today [1st July 2020] from Mr. A. McNeill, Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Manager at Northumberland County Council:

"I'm pleased to direct you towards the following website where we will be providing progress updates on the Lynemouth Waste Recovery Scheme. There is also a section (4) where anyone interested can register their email address to be notified of future updates once published. We hope this provides the most efficient way of sharing progress with the many interested parties. Please feel free to share this link throughout your network and repost any of the information provided. The preconstruction work will be largely desk based, although I will be sure to contact you separately with advanced notice of dates for further site investigations and licence consultations. On that note, a topographic survey is scheduled for tomorrow. Beach monitoring, debris removal and atmospheric monitoring is ongoing to manage any risks associated with the site. If any questions arise from this evening's meeting, please let me know and I will be happy to reply".

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27 June 2020ARMED FORCES DAY

THE PARISH COUNCIL sends heartfelt thanks to military personnel and veterans on Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27th June. Buckingham Palace released a  message from the Queen, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, expressing her gratitude to those in the military serving our nation, as well as veterans. Her Majesty said:

"The Duke of Edinburgh and I join many around the United Kingdom in celebrating Armed Forces Day, and the efforts of our military both at home and overseas. Today provides an opportunity for thanks, and a recognition of the dedication and risks faced by those serving our nation. We also have cause to thank veterans, who continue to contribute to our way of life, long after they leave the Armed Forces. Having had members of my family serve in each of the Armed Services, I know only too well of the pride Service personnel take in their duty. As your Commander-in-Chief, I send my warmest best wishes to you all, your families, and the entire Armed Forces community. Elizabeth R."

19 June 2020SUPPORT FOR KEY WORKERS

LYNEMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL is flying a ‘Thank You’ flag outside Lynemouth Miners’ Welfare Institute in Bridge Road in a show of support for the local heroes going above and beyond during the coronavirus.

WE THANK YOU

KEY WORKERS IN HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE, FOOD PROVISION, REFUSE COLLECTION, POSTAL DELIVERY

12 June 2020CANCELLED: BEST KEPT HORTICULTURAL ALLOTMENT COMPETITION 2020

THIS TIME last year, we were preparing for the judging of the first best kept allotment by two independent adjudicators. The Northumbria in Bloom regional competition for 2020 has already been cancelled, so following this example and this year's local allotment competition has been cancelled due to the on-going issues with Coronavirus. We know how much hard work many allotment holders have already put in and how much fun the competition brought to people last year, but the health and well-being of the judges, gardeners, and community is the most important thing. It is deeply regrettable having to take this decision and this will be disappointing for all concerned but hopefully we will all bounce back stronger than ever next year. 

12 May 2020LYNEMOUTH POLLUTION

WORK IS TO START on tackling historic Lynemouth pollution. Funding to kick-start the clean-up of historic pollution on the coast at Lynemouth has been agreed by Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet. After decades of colliery spoil tipping, the erosion of Lynemouth Bay has accelerated in recent years, revealing sites of historic waste previously buried within the cliffs.  Over the last year, the County Council has been working to investigate the extent and makeup of this waste material, which has included detailed site investigations, sampling and laboratory testing.

Estimates suggest the project could cost in the region of £7.5m. The Council has already made financial provision of £2.5m when it set out its financial plans for the next three years at its meeting in February this year. Now the County Council’s Cabinet is to release an initial £500,000 so that essential pre-construction activities can be progressed this year. This will enable environmental reporting, design and ground investigation works to progress so the council can secure the necessary consents required to carry out the main works in 2021. While the pre-construction activities will be funded entirely by the County Council, additional sources of funding are being sought to support the main work.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We’ve spent the last 18 months working to understand exactly what we are dealing with and what the best solution is to tackle this long standing historic pollution issue. It’s going to be a major undertaking to extract all the harmful rubbish and safely remove it from the site, but we are committed to doing this to tackle the pollution issues once and for all and to restore this stretch of coastline to its former glory. This initial funding will allow us to carry out some key bits of work and pave the way for the main scheme next year.”

Since the problem was identified a number of temporary measures were introduced in the area. These include air monitoring, the temporary diversion of the England Coastal Path and continued pollution clearance.  The County Council has been doing additional clean-up visits on the beach to remove any waste materials that are washing out from the site. 

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