Power Blips Update
A meeting took place with NCC planners, CC Sanderson, Cllrs Lindley and Morton, Mr Scott and the Clerk to discuss the issue of the woodland area. The original TPO issued by NCC stated the tree in question was 14m from the edge of the Northumberland Arms – this tree was cut back by the tree surgeon. This resulted in NCC stating they had issued the wrong details on the original TPO and they issued a new one to cover the tree 9m from the Northumberland Arms. However pressure was put on NCC to protect the whole woodland as it has been stated by both NCC and the Planning Inspectorate that this woodland was has an amenity value and it contributes to the character of the whole surround Conservation Area. NCC has now issued a TPO to cover the whole of the woodland area for a period of 6 months to enable a consultation process to be undertaken.
The Parish Council contacted Aone to request that the Eshott junction be widened. Aone has responded stating that when considering such requests existing traffic conditions, current highway layout and historical personal injury records for the junction are reviewed. An investigation of the Eshott junction has revealed that no personal injury accidents have been recorded in the vicinity of the junction in the last 5 years (the demolition of the bus shelter does not count!). As a result Aone confirm that an improvement at the Eshott junction would receive an extremely low priority and it would not be appropriate to introduce a nearside diverge lane at this junction. However Aone have logged the request and will continue to monitor the road safety at this junction and will promote improvements in the future if appropriate.
CC Sanderson confirmed that because he thinks the bridge is so important, he has told officers that repairs to the bridge is only priority to be put on the Local Transport Plan this year for his area. The parish Council has also put this as a priority on their submission and meetings are currently taking place to discuss options for repairs to the bridge railings.