As we believe only minimal maintenance has been done over the years, we have asked for repairs to N.C.C. seats in the town; we have given them a copy of the condition survey which we have had carried out on bus shelters in the hope they will respond to this with some work being done before we decide whether to accept responsibility for both of these from April 2012.
Fortunately we already administer our Cemeteries but other Parishes will soon find the heavy responsibility this will place upon their parishioners.
The future of the whole of the Paddlers area is still under discussion. The area of the Braid which now has Village Green status is in Warkworth Parish and so they will be asked to take responsibility for this. Soon- after more than 2 years- we hope the legal paperwork to officially hand over the Percy Drive Allotments to the Council will be complete.
At present the 2 public toilets– Queen Street and the Harbour- will be kept open but at any time NCC could decide that only 1 is needed as they are so near to each other or even none are needed; these would then be closed unless another body is prepared to become responsible for them.
Flowerbeds will have this year’s annual plants removed and perennials will be put in their place- however N.C.C. will no longer tend or replace them. If we want our town to look bright, then it will be up to the community to help. The Council and some businesses have financially supported Cllr Weir in his ‘Amble in Bloom’ venture and whilst we are all very grateful for the sterling work done by his small band of helpers, more volunteers are urgently needed to support this work. The more helpers, the less each has to do- is there a flowerbed near where you live? Could you get a small group to help with keeping that one neat? If a few in each place did this, that would be a wonderful help.
We have been told no further Litter or Dog bins will be installed or replaced at NCC expense. Instead only litter bins will be used if either of these fall into disrepair and only at our request as although these will still be emptied by NCC, the town is expected to take on the ownership and replacement of all of these from April 2012. At a cost of £400 a time, please discourage people from vandalising them or report anyone you see doing this.
Any By-election costs will be the sole responsibility of the Council concerned, however when the joint County and Parish elections are held in 2013, N.C.C. may only charge us for the elements related solely to our elections so we may only have to pay for things such as printed materials and postage of polling cards.
So lots of changes afoot with the costs having to come from the Parish Precept as no finance for any of these will be passed on to us by N.C.C.