Mayor raises range of important issues in his annual report

Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings.
Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings.

The skate park on Callerton Lane is an example of how hard it is to keep all residents happy with town council projects, Ponteland’s Mayor has said.

Other issues brought up by Coun Carl Rawlings at the annual town meeting of local government electors included car parking and future uncertainties.

Since the skate park opened in April 2014, it has proved popular with many, but not all residents in the area.

The annual report of Coun Rawlings included the following: ‘When closed for noise measurement work, a petition was signed by 400 people calling for the re-opening of the facility.

‘It was re-opened, but a complaint to the county council’s public protection unit means that further noise survey work may be undertaken.

‘The skate park is an example of how it is difficult to please all of the people all of the time.

‘Car parking is an issue of increasing concern in Ponteland. It is clear that additional building and development in the village area has not been matched by additional car parking provision.

‘Furthermore, our proximity to Newcastle Airport has led to some abuse of our free parking spaces. The highways working party monitors abuse of parking in Ponteland and is liaising with the county council over enforcement.

‘Looking ahead, we will be monitoring issues such as the county council’s core strategy proposals and its plans for the library, the feedback on neighbourhood plan preferences, the outcome of the schools consultation and the amount of space in the cemetery.’

He also thanked councillors, staff and contractors for their efforts over the last 12 months – for example those involved in enabling Ponteland to win a 2015 Northumbria in Bloom gold award.