Authority agrees to help pay for car park re-marking

Councillors have agreed to contribute to works outside Ponteland Memorial Hall.

The committee in charge of the building asked Ponteland Town Council if it would help towards the cost of refurbishing the markings in the car park area. The estimated total cost is £600.

At a meeting of the authority, Coun Robin Ramsay said: “This car park is used officially by the Memorial Hall users, the bowling and tennis clubs and (Ponteland) Park users.

“We have previously made contributions to the car park maintenance and it is proposed that a reasonable contribution of £200 should be made.”

Members unanimously agreed the amount.

The council carried out works at a different part of the site a few months ago.

They involved re-pointing the stone wall that had been damaged as vehicles had hit it, and in order to lower this risk in future, the authority decided to recreate the small pillars which were an original feature of the war memorial.

Alterations to the arrangement of the steps and kerbstones also took place and it was reported at the meeting that the council had received some positive comments about the improvements.

The Memorial Hall was built by public subscription at an all-in cost of £4,197.4s. It was opened in 1922.