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13 July 2019LYNEMOUTH'S 93rd CHILDREN'S GALA

ALL the fun of the fair will grip the village on Saturday 24th August 2019 at the 93rd Lynemouth Children's Gala, which takes place at Lynemouth Welfare Ground from 12 o'clock noon. The Parish Council has again supported this year's Gala with a £600.00 grant towards the prize money for the children's races.

The Gala is celebrated in full glory, with attractions, displays, games, a fun fair and bouncy castle, as well as the traditional fancy dress.

The new Gala Queen kicks off the event as she is crowned, before parading around the village on a float with her royal party of attendants. Along with the Queen of the Gala other attendance winners featured on the float.

The Northumberland Church of England Academy Combined Cadet Force (NCEA CCF) pipes and drums will play on the day and lead the Gala Queen's Float and parade, the biggest part of the event.

The Gala is a long standing traditional event in the pit village since 1926, the year of the General Strike, with its roots in the warm hearted generosity of the mining communities where people saved hard from their meager pay to fund a celebration of youth and community spirit every year with a fun family day out. Thank you to all who help keep this proud ethos alive and strong in Lynemouth.

[In some places they pronounce Gala as "gay-la", but in the UK we say "gar-la", since the word originally comes to us from Italian and Spanish and they pronounce it as it is done in the UK. It doesn't matter, both pronunciations are acceptable].

Contact: Audrey Turnbull, 36 Ingleby Terrace, Lynemouth.

05 July 2019EQUINE INFLUENZA (FLU) NOTICE

A VETERINARY SURGEON visited the Parish Council's allotment site on Wednesday 3rd July 2019 and, following laboratory tests, he has diagnosed a case of Equine Influenza. Equine Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection that causes a cough, nasal discharge and fever. The condition is rarely fatal in adult horses and most horses recover within 10 days of showing clinical signs. Foals and geriatric horses can be more seriously affected and mortality can occur. Having confirmed a case the vet has advised the following:

- any horse that is showing clinical signs (cough, nasal discharge, fever) should be isolated

- any in-contact horses should be vaccinated to prevent further spread

- no new horses should be moved onto the allotment site and no horses should leave until there has been 2 weeks after the last clinical signs

- any owner who is concerned about their horse should seek veterinary advice and this is particularly important for foals.

04 July 2019RESIDENT PROSECUTED FOR LITTERING

Environmental Enforcement Officer's Summary Report (May 2019) [extract]

1 Prosecution case of Lynemouth resident for littering - £220 Financial Penalty, £100 Court Costs, £30 Victim Surcharge.
 

02 July 2019BEST KEPT HORTICULTURAL ALLOTMENT COMPETITION

The independent judging of the best kept allotment competition will take place on Monday 29th July 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

The Allotments Working Group (AWG) of Lynemouth Parish Council agreed to hold an annual competition to encourage tenants to keep the allotment gardens in a clean, decent and good condition and properly cultivated and to adopt the criteria and points system outlined below. All horticultural allotment holders will be automatically entered into the competition and prizes are to be awarded.

All horticultural plots on the allotment site will be assessed by at least two external, impartial, and experienced judges, with the Allan Dixon Trophy plaque (first prize) awarded for the best kept allotment with a smaller trophy to keep; and small trophies awarded for second prize (runner up); and third prize (most improved). Judging will take place in July 2019 to allow the crops to flourish and quality to be observed and all winners and judges will be invited to a presentation at the parish council meeting on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

The primary purpose of an allotment is to provide crops of vegetables, fruit, flowers and culinary herbs for household use and, the more completely a plot fulfils this objective, the greater should be the credit accorded to it in the competition.

Allotments also allow enthusiasts for one particular plant, or group of plants, to indulge their passion and a plot given over to monoculture of say dahlias or carnations must be judged according to the standard and quality of cultivation.

The size of plot will not be a factor in the competition. Allotments will be judged against the following criteria and points system:

• Visual aspect of the plot - 10
• Condition of the plot - 10
• Good workmanship - 5
• Quality of crops, flowers, fruit and vegetables and plants - 5
• Originality of layout and planning - 5
• Ingenuity in overcoming local problems - 5
• Condition of garden sheds etc. - 5
• Condition of boundary fences - 5.

22 June 2019COUNCILLOR VACANCIES

YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU!

If you can work as a part of a team, are able to take part in meetings, form sound judgements based on what is best for the community, and willing to abide by majority decisions, you have the qualities of a parish councillor.

For more information contact:

e-mail: lynemouthparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

Telephone: 07541 774763

LYNEMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCIES TO BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION

TWO vacancies have occurred on the above named Parish Council due to the resignation of two members.

The Returning Officer at Northumberland County Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors to call an election has not been fulfilled and the Council can now fill the two casual vacancies by co-option.

NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986 the Council will fill the casual vacancies by co-option.

Public elections cannot be held until May 2021 but for the interim period election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Councillors.

Applicants must be a British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and 18 years or older on the day they become nominated for election. Provided the person also satisfies at least ONE of the following they may apply:

The applicant's name must appear on the current register of local government electors for the parish, or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date have resided in or within 4.8km (three miles) of the parish, or the applicant has during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish.

You cannot stand for election if you are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order; have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine; you work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area).

Written expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve as a parish councillor need to be submitted in writing to the Clerk to the Council at the email address given above. Candidates may be invited to attend a partish council meeting to meet members and to give a short presentation (3 or 4 minutes) on why they would like to be a parish councillor and what they feel they can offer to the community.

12 June 2019COUNCIL SUPPORTS CHILDREN'S CHARITY

Lynemouth Parish Council is a key supporter of Leading Link children's charity and has helped to give young people some amazing opportunities.

The Chief Executive Officer at Leading Link approached the Parish Council in January 2019 stating that, due to the Parish Council's generous donation towards the cost of Leading Link’s 'Passport to Learning' project for the children at William Leech Primary, the Children’s University had been running in Lynemouth for over a year, and during that time they were able to run for free a small selection of activities for local children. [County Councillor Dunn also provided financial support from the Members’ Local Improvement Scheme].

Leading Link mentioned that they had been successful in receiving funding from  CELL Big Local to run two projects for the Lynemouth children to engage with; the children at William Leech Campus created some wooden animals which could be used to form a woodland trail and the Parish Council gave permission to install these non-permanent wooden animals on its land at Lynemouth Dene. Another aspect of the project was to incorporate into the trail a “Geo-Cache” (a treasure box) containing a variety of small items such as messages, painted rocks, small trinkets and the Parish Council offered to supply some “treasure” to place in one of the treasure boxes. In addition, the Leading Link team was also working on another project in Lynemouth - the creation of the large mural - and the Parish Council assisted with the judging of the children’s designs, and obtained permission from the owner of the wall for the mural.

01 May 2019ANNUAL REPORT 2019

THE PARISH COUNCIL has strived throughout the past year to provide residents with the best services possible at a local level.

The primary source of income for Lynemouth Parish Council comes from the precept, which is a local tax collected by Northumberland County Council on behalf of the Parish. This money is required to run our Council and pays to maintain and improve the facilities, activities, events and services that we provide. The precept for the past year was £28000. This year (2019-20) Lynemouth Parish Council has set the precept at £29000; because of our increased tax base (the number of households eligible to pay) this means in effect that individual households have actually seen a decrease of 2.7% on their bill compared to last year. Other elements of the council tax bill over which the Parish Council has no influence – charges levied by Northumberland County Council, the Social Care Charge and Police Authority charge have unfortunately all risen.

Once again it is sad to report that a sizeable chunk of our 2018-19 expenditure went on repairing the bus shelters and other assets in the village, following continuing incidents of vandalism and anti social behaviour.

Anti-social behaviour impacts on everyone in our village. Damage to public property, street furniture or bus shelters cannot be condoned and we continue to urge every member of the public to report incidents to the police and name those responsible – they are costing each and every one of us money which could be better used elsewhere.

The Council regularly receives requests from charities and other organisations for grants or donations and during the year and grants money towards activities which are considered “to bring direct benefit to the area or any part of it or all or some of its inhabitants”. This year we have supported Lynemouth Miners Institute, North East Ambulance and the Craig Williamson Day amongst others.

Major improvements to the path along Barrons Walk have been completed this year, providing a better and more accessible walkway through the Dene. It was particularly great to see children from our village participate in the Woodland Trail which took place during the February half term, facilitated by Leading Link with funding from CELL. The weather for once was glorious and over a hundred children and parents took part. Not so great is the fact that wooden bench seating along the Dene has recently been vandalised and needs replacing. Several wooden bollards along the Green Belt – a large number of which were only replaced mid year - have also been removed.

Children were also heavily involved in Christmas activities. Abigail Grisdale was the winner of our first ever “Design a Christmas Light” Competition, with her design taking pride of place in the display along Bridge Road. Everyone has been complimentary about the lights and we look forward to further improving the display this year.

An Environmental Officer has been employed this year in an attempt to tackle the ongoing problems of dog fouling, litter, waste accumulations and fly tipping. Several Fixed Penalties Notices have been issued, but there obviously remains a select few within the village who still do not feel obliged to pick up after their animals or make that effort to put litter in a bin. Dog mess is not just an eyesore, it is a health hazard and environmental pollutant, associated with various diseases to which children playing in parks and green spaces are most susceptible. Picking up your dog’s waste is not just a common courtesy, it’s a health imperative.

Several community litter picks have taken place throughout the year and special thanks go to Louise Waldock for organising these. I’ve received comments about how great it is to see children participating. As a community we are ALL responsible for our surroundings and our immediate environment. It cannot be just a “council responsibility”. Once again we urge residents to report offenders – the more information we have the better. The Environmental Enforcement Officer’s contact details are on the Parish Website and anything reported is treated in complete confidence.

The Parish Council was proud to once again fly the flag for Merchant Navy Day this year. Special thanks to Lynemouth Day Centre for providing refreshments for the veterans and to Mr Wise, our librarian for chatting and entertaining them so well. Our annual Remembrance Day Service was as always well attended.

The Council’s large allotment site remains a popular amenity within the village and following concerns about high water costs, a new meter was installed during the year. The Allotment Working Group continues to monitor the situation. Rents are set at a level which aims to make the allotments self financing, but which does not create a barrier to accessibility on financial grounds.

We continuously monitor our expenditure, and examine very closely how and where we spend money. Every project is considered and evaluated in terms of cost-effectiveness, and benefit to the community at large. We have agreed a budget for the forthcoming financial year, but are mindful that Town and Parish Councils may come under increased pressures in the future to take on more and more responsibilities.

Recently we have seen new members co-opted to the Council – Mr Wayne Parker and Mr Paul Dajoux. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Councillors, past and present, for their time spent serving the council and also just remind everyone that the position of all Parish Councillors, is unpaid and no remuneration is received by any of the members. Parish Councillors give their time freely in an effort to contribute to the well-being of our village.

Thanks also to Keith, our Parish Clerk, who provides this Council with independent, objective and professional advice and support, and to Steven Common, our Parish worker, who works extremely hard in an attempt to make a real difference to the village.

Councillor Liz Dunn

Chair of the Parish Council

1st May 2019

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