Council’s efforts receive a positive public response

Ponteland’s Mayor has spoken of his pride at the town council’s achievements in the past 12 months.

One of the highlights mentioned in Peter Cowey’s report for 2013/14 was the Gold Northumbria in Bloom award.

The opening of a new skate park off Callerton Lane and a new and improved website were among the other things mentioned at the annual meeting of local government electors in the Methodist Church Hall.

In addition, he mentioned the various groups and organisations that the council works with for the benefit of the area.

Coun Cowey said: “The Environment Working Party is always very busy with its efforts to improve Ponteland’s appearance. Particular efforts have been made regarding floral displays and last year’s display was particularly noteworthy.

“Our thanks must go to Coun Joyce Butcher, who co-ordinates the council’s Northumbria in Bloom entry, our contractors, Iain Clough and Mike Champion, and last, but certainly not at all least, our town clerk Kath Mavin.

“To date, the new website has proved very successful and a number of positive comments have been received from the public.”

The town council is part of a steering group that is developing a neighbourhood plan for Ponteland, which will link with the county council’s core strategy to influence what will happen in the area over the next 20 years, but Coun Cowey noted that there had been no progress with the Merton Way regeneration scheme in the last 12 months.

Of Prestwick Cemetery, he said: “As from April 1, the running of this cemetery has become our responsibility.

“We have agreed that the county council will run the cemetery as in previous years, but we will monitor very closely what and how it is run. However, certain activities such as hedge cutting and minor improvements are now being carried out by Ponteland Town Council.

“It is pleasing to note that since we took on the responsibility, we have been getting good reports from residents.”