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Funding bid is withdrawn

Councillors have voiced their disappointment after hearing that those behind a major environmental scheme have withdrawn a bid for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) cash.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT) and other partners were involved with the ambitious Druridge Bay Coal and Coast project.

The two main aims of the initiative were to protect and improve the area’s natural and cultural heritage and to connect communities with the landscape through events, interpretation, training and volunteering.

However, a statement on the project’s website says that those involved are no longer certain that match-funding can be secured in the timescales required, due to the economic climate, and have taken the ‘difficult decision’ to withdraw the bid for HLF money.

It adds that NWT and other partners will continue to develop other projects on Druridge Bay at a smaller, more sustainable scale.

Call for lines to be removed

More needs to be done to make people aware of the parking restrictions which have been lifted on Queen Street, Coun Jeff Watson said. People can now park in loading bays on the street for an hour and Coun Watson said he wanted the lines removed so that everyone who comes to the town is aware of the change.

Litter and dog poo prompt bins plea

A request has been made for more bins on Acklington Road, near to Gloster Park. Members heard that the grass verges are covered in dog dirt and litter is also a problem. Coun Helen Lewis admitted it is not very well covered by bins. Coun Dargue said it seemed to be getting worse, especially during the snow.

Potholed road needs attention

Concerns have been raised about a pothole-ridden road in Amble, which has been branded appalling. Coun Watson said there is a stretch inside the main entrance of the marina which is ‘virtually undriveable’. Coun Jane Dargue agreed, saying she had twisted her ankle while running along it.

Request for signs to be taken down

The council is to ask for the removal of advertising signs on the roundabout at the town’s south entrance after the county council’s planning and environment committee rejected plans for 26 roundabout adverts, including sites in Alnwick/Hipsburn. Amble town councillors had raised concerns in the past.