Amble Town Council: Litter-picks and youth service

A previous town litterpick.
A previous town litterpick.

Members have agreed that more frequent litter-picks should take place in the town.

It was proposed to increase the sweeps to one every three months, starting late February/early March.

Suggestions were also put forward about how to raise the profile of the community litter-picks and encourage more residents to take part.

Newly co-opted town councillor Terence Barton suggested making special badges and putting up awareness posters.

Prizes are set to be offered as an extra incentive to take part.

The discussion about increasing the number of litter-picks came after resident Gillian Robson told the town council last month that the only thing letting Amble down was litter and dog fouling.

• Frustrated councillors have urged Northumberland Youth Service to support youngsters in the town.

The call came as youth worker Stephen Drew, who has recently taken up a post at Northumberland Youth Service, spoke about provision in Widdrington and Hadston, but said there was nothing at present for Amble Youth Project.

Coun Jeff Watson said: “You must talk to Amble Youth Project. We have never had a thing from the Youth Service. All we are looking for is one youth worker to come one night a week to help, particularly on a Friday night.”

Coun Helen Lewis added: “Once again, Amble is left at the back of the pile. I thank the Lord for the good community volunteers we have got; if it wasn’t for them, I would despair at what would happen with our young people.”

Mr Drew said: “I am motivated. My hands are tied at the moment, but I do want to offer provision to Amble Youth Project.

○ Subsidence could be to blame for the poor state of Radcliffe Road and Hauxley Road and investigations are ongoing.

Coun Robert Arckless said: “There have been discussions with the Coal Authority about moving forward and Highways have promised me an update.”