Safety call over fireworks event
Safety concerns were raised during a discussion at a town council meeting about a grant application towards the costs of the main fireworks display viewed by members of the public in Ponteland on New Year's Eve.
As in previous years, councillors voted to support the event organised by the Diamond Inn – the amount agreed for this year was £500.
However, some of them commented that safety measures need to be looked at ahead of the event.
Coun Christine Greenwell said: “It’s a great event and there is a wonderful atmosphere in the village area, but I think the organisers will need to pay for outside security because there could have been a serious incident last year as some people were going on the road and getting in the way of traffic.”
A further £600 was approved for Ponteland Rotary Club towards its Christmas market, which will be held at Ponteland Memorial Hall on December 9.
A recommendation to replace the roof on the public toilets at Thornhill Road by the environment working party was also agreed. The works will be completed before the end of the year.
The residents of Peel House apartments were consulted, as scaffolding will need to be erected on their land, and no concerns were raised.