Council’s ideas to make village a better place are unveiled

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A WISHLIST for the future of Pegswood has been outlined by its parish council.

The authority has set out some specific aims for what can be achieved in the village in the coming years with support from other organisations and businesses.

Its ideas will feed into the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan process.

One of the key projects is creating a ‘village heart’ to improve retail provision and links between buildings.

This would involve developing the area on Main Street between the Ex-club and the disused toilets as a village centre, with footpaths linking to existing and new facilities.

Speaking at its annual assembly, council chairman Peter Stonell said: “We will also be pressing to increase housing provision to the north of the village with road links to both Longhirst Road (behind the school playing field) and adjacent to the Cookswell Estate.

“We will seek to develop a business area between the bypass and railway line adjacent to the Pegswood Community Fire Station, but we will insist that a green corridor between Morpeth and Pegswood needs to be maintained and the Country Park and footpaths developed.

“There are three main community groups doing good and effective work – Pegswood Community Action, Pegswood Community Hub and Pegswood Social Welfare – and we will encourage them into a long-term partnership which would make better use of resources and give increased opportunities to further develop community activities.

“As for education, we will seek to have Pegswood First School as part of the Morpeth education pyramid.

“We’ve taken a strong role in the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan process because it’s important to link our aspirations to what will happen in the town centre.”

Other infrastructure items include that drainage and sewerage capacity may need improving and road, bus and rail links need reviewing.

Schemes that are being developed over the next 12 months include new village noticeboards, the Cemetery Lodge as council offices, facilities for under eights in the Juliet Oakley Activity Area, a new skate park and junior football pitches on the Welfare field and a new communications strategy.

A renewed effort will also be made to tackle dog fouling.

Coun Stonell said that the authority is working successfully with the police to help reduce speeding and anti-social behaviour and with Isos Housing to identify environmental improvements.

It also played a part in the creation of the Station Cottages allotments site.