Amble Town Council

PARKRUN EVENT SUGGESTED

A keen runner has contacted the town council about setting up a race event in Amble – but while members encouraged the initiative, they said it was important to give financial support to clubs and facilities locally.

Mr Anderson asked the council about starting one of the popular parkruns in the parish. While each 5k run is a free-to-enter event, setting up a race costs around £6,000 including VAT and organisers look to councils among other organisation and bodies to fund 50 per cent of the start-up costs.

Coun Jane Dargue said: “Amble has just got a running club started and the schools are developing the running track.

“Our focus as a town council should be helping the local running club and doing our bit to help the running track. It is a good initiative, but I would like to see money put into the running track and club.”

○ Coun Jeff Watson wants to pay for new nets for the MUGA at Amble Welfare using his member’s small schemes cash.

ENTER ONLINE GARDEN CONTEST

Amble residents are being encouraged to enter the Virtual Garden Awards. Competitors take a picture of their back or enclosed garden and send it to the clerk by July 8. The images will go onto the town council’s website. It is split into three sections; my landscape, flora with fauna and close-up of a flower.

COUNCIL ADDS TO ITS RANKS

A new member has been co-opted onto the town council, filling the vacant seat in the West ward. Katherine Bennett, who served on the council several years ago, was voted in to the role by councillors on a 4-2 decision, beating candidates Sam Palin and Leslie Bilboe, both of whom have also served on the council.

FLYING PRAISE FOR PUFFIN FESTIVAL

Amble Puffin Festival has been praised by members, who also agreed to take on a puffin sculpture to be sited in the town. Coun Jane Dargue said that the two-week event, which ended on July 1, was a success and put Amble on the map. “On behalf of the council, well done and thanks to everyone involved,” she said.