Amble Town Council

Parking in Amble.
Parking in Amble.

Frustration over delay in town parking consultation

A frustrated town council will write to Northumberland County Council’s chief executive to complain about the length of time it has taken for a parking review to go out for public consultation – if there is no action in the next two weeks.

Coun Robert Arckless told members at Thursday night’s meeting that residents in the town would get to have their say on proposals very soon.

The ideas have been worked on by county council officers, the town’s council and development trust and businesses and Coun Arckless urged people to respond to the consultation letters.

But Coun Helen Lewis criticised how long it had taken for the consultation to come to fruition.

“Parking is a hot issue in Amble and we have been talking about parking for a long time,” she said.

“This public consultation was promised months ago. I find it extremely frustrating and it is not acceptable.”

Coun Arckless conceded it had taken too long, but said that the reason it had been held up was because of the Purdah period and elections in springtime and the fact that the new county council did not meet until May.

He added: “I was told that the work would be done in the next two weeks.

“If the consultation letters haven’t gone out, I want to know why.

“I want to see it sorted, but I want to see it done right.”

POSITIVE REACTION TO REMEMBRANCE

Amble’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations received positive feedback, members said. Mayor Craig Weir said it needs a bit of tweaking, but in the main it went well. He was pleased by the attendance and the number of wreaths laid.

LITTERING CONCERNS RAISED

A litter pick is to be organised after concerns were raised about the untidiness of Acklington Road. Coun Jeff Watson said: “There are a lot of children who go out of school at lunchtime, buy their lunch, and then throw the rubbish on the floor. I am concerned about the litter on Acklington Road.” The council is to write a polite letter to schools in the town to highlight the issue of littering.

COUNCILLOR OFFERS HER RESIGNATION

Coun Velda Nicholson has resigned from the town council. Members thanked her for her service. If no requests come from 10 or more elected residents for a by-election by the start of December, a co-option vacancy will be advertised.