A1 North & South Access at Fenwick is Safe

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Below is the map published by HIGHWAYS ENGLAND showing the proposed layout of the A1 where it is joined by the B6353 at Fenwick. Concerns have been raised that the intention is to close access to the Southbound carriageway of the A1 from the west at this point.

As can be seen, this is not the case. The junction is to be realigned and safety features added to the centre of the A1. This is confirmed in a recent email from Highways England to Phillip Hanson, Lowick Parish Councillor. The E-mail is repeated below Screen Shot 2017-07-13 at 23.10.29

Dear Mr Hanson
A1 in Northumberland Programme – B6365 Junction
As part of the A1 in Northumberland programme of works an option to provide overtaking opportunities on the A1 at Fenwick was previously developed and presented at the A1 in Northumberland Public Consultation Events in November 2016. This improvement could be accompanied by improvements to the A1 junction with the B6353. I can confirm that as part of the proposed improvements traffic would be able to turn both right and left at the B6353 onto the A1. I have included some further information below around the proposed improvements at this junction for your information;

  • The B6353 minor road would be realigned to meet the A1 at a right angle, creating a staggered junction
  • The A1 carriageway would be widened and both northbound and southbound traffic right turns at the junction will be accommodated with full standard ghost island central refuges, to allow drivers to wait for a gap in the opposing traffic without impeding mainline traffic flow.
  • Northbound left turning traffic would also benefit from a deceleration taper for the B6353.
  • New pedestrian crossing facilities are being considered; potentially central refuges would allow the crossing of the northbound and southbound traffic lanes in two stages.

The proposals are at early stage of development and we are currently reviewing and analysing all the responses received during the Public Consultation period, and are in the process of refining the designs and completing our assessment of these improvements following the feedback received. We are also undertaking an independent Road Safety Audit of the proposals north of Ellingham including at Fenwick, which will inform the future development of the options. Therefore please note that the designs are not yet finalised and subject to change. The proposals are also subject to completion of the value for money assessment and successful completion of associated statutory procedures.

For more information on the A1 in Northumberland scheme, please see the link to the scheme web page below. Here you can sign up for alerts to be notified when new information is made available and find out more about timescales:


If you have any questions about the scheme, please do not hesitate to contact me at A1inNorthumberland@highwaysengland.co.uk or on 0300 470 4585.

Kind regards

Nanette Hoyle

Regional Investment Programme (RIP) North, Project Manager
Highways England | Lateral | 8 City Walk | Leeds | LS11 9AT

Web: http://www.highways.gov.uk


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Bus 464 Timetable Changes

Click the link to see the current and future times of buses through Lowick – the service features an extra bus from Berwick to Wooler first thing in the morning at 0702, and one going the other way at 1830.



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Bidding has just opened for the next round of support from the EDF Energy Barmoor Windfarm Community Fund grant. Click the link below, and then look for the current application form on the page [has the legend oct-17 at the end of the link].

£30,000 has been allocated to the fund for this round, which will be decided in October 2017.

Please note that the deadline is the 21st August – which is quite close, given the amount of paperwork required.




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We have added a list of local traders to the Lowick:Live website – see the INFORMATION tab. The idea is to update this with new names of people who can provide  local service. Please see the page and send us the names.

If you are a local trader, please tell me what you provide, so that I can include your service.

What’s in Your Parish Plan?

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The Neighbourhood Plan group are collecting and discussing ideas for the future of the Village and Countryside as I write, and are hoping to be able produce a scheme to vote on in 6 months time. You will find detailed info about their ideas if you click the link to the Neighbourhood Plan.

The Plan will have two parts.

  1. “The Planning Framework – which will be a statement about building and development in the Parish that will be a mandatory part of the planning process for building in the vicinity. This will affect new buildings, adaptations, building styles, areas of the community which are considered appropriate for development, and those which shore be protected from it. This part of the plan could affect you, if you want to build something,anywhere in the Parish. So the the group will publish its discussions regularly so you can have your say – and make your suggestions.”
  2. “The Community Plan – working with the Parish Council and Local Groups, we want to devise a plan of action and development that will promote community facilities, activities and action. This was last attempted in 2004 [the Plan is on the Neighbourhood Planning Website] and we want to take it forward.”

Areas the Group are discussing

  • Community Facilities
  • Natural Environment & Bio Diversity
  • Accessibility
  • Housing
  • The Local Economy
  • Heritage, Character and Design

They hope you won’t be surprised if they come knocking on your door for your opinions!

Barmoor Windfarm Community Fund Latest

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The table below shows the grants awarded this April 2017. The Fund awarded the full amount available, plus the moneys left over from before. £30K is normally allocated each 6 months..

The next round of applications opens on July 10th, and closes at the end of August. I will post a reminder closer to the day.

Lowick Parish Council
Play Park Equipment
Bowsden Village Hall
Improvements to the interior of the village Hall (blackout curtains)
Etal Village Hall
Replacing Tables
Church of St Mary and Michael Parochial Church Council
Church Restoration
Tillside Cricket Club
Purchase of a mower
Wooler football Club
Purchase a mini-tractor
Young Mums Club North
Raising confident children
Wooler Tennis Club
Resurfacing of Tennis Courts

No Contest!

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There will be no election for Parish Councillors on May 4th as there were exactly the same number of candidates as posts. There will also be no change in members, as all previous councillors were deemed to be re-elected. Officers will be elected at the next council meeting on Thursday 18th May.