27 September 2020
The September meeting of Horsley parish council was chiefly concerned with the speed of traffic in the village. Many residents are worried about this problem, in particular parents with young children. The Parish councillors are awaiting receipt of the petition circulating around the village before making any decisions on this issue. Meanwhile the speedwatch scheme has restarted and it is hoped to have this in use more often in the village. More traffic is passing through the village at present as the road between Ovingham and Wylam is closed. A request has been made to the PC for a sign on Mill Way that will show children playing and asking drivers of vehicles to slow down.
Despite regular concern over the state of drains, footpaths and roads in the village the parish clerk has been informed that NCC will only do essential work at present due to the current Covid 19 outbreak.
The Lion and Lamb and the Hearth cafe are doing their best to trade under the current restrictions. Customers are asked to wear a face mask as they enter the premises and provide their contact details. The Hearth cafe were congratulated by the Hexham Courant for the efforts they have made during the current crisis. Art courses and fitness classes are still operating at the Hearth. People are still able to purchase artwork and resident artists are making it as easy as possible to do so.
Parish councillor Craig Turnbull will inform the parish clerk when he is spraying fields with the herbicide glyphosate. The clerk will in turn inform residents.
Drainage work on Mill Way has been completed. However it was not possible to clear the underground pipe near the waterworks entrance or the gate to the adjoining field.
A request has been made to the PC to leave more areas around the village as wildflower verges rather than having grassland which requires regular cutting.