Amble Town Council round-up

Coun Craig Weir
Coun Craig Weir

Coun Craig Weir was re-elected as Amble’s Mayor during the Thursday, May 8, town council meeting.

Coun Jane Dargue will continue as Deputy Mayor.

○ Amble’s community tidy-up starts tomorrow. People can collect equipment from the Town Council Office, from 10am to 3pm, tomorrow to Friday, and tidy up an area of their choice. Or meet in the Town Square at 6.30pm on Wednesday to clean up the town centre.

○ Inaccurate and giving a false impression – that is how members have described a Benchmarking report for Amble.

Members were particularly critical over findings in the study, which stated that there was 42 per cent vacant car-parking spaces in the town on a weekday.

Parking in Amble, especially the lack of space, is a hot topic and Coun Helen Lewis said: “I am not happy with this. It gives a false impression, especially in relation to car parking in the town.

“However, it did highlight the lack of signage in the town, like individual signage for car parks.”

The Action for Market Towns’ report captured data on key performance indicators such as retail offering, footfall, car parking, business confidence and town-centre user views.

○ Discussions over keeping public toilets open for longer in Amble during the tourist season are ongoing.

Toilets are currently open until 5pm, but at last month’s meeting, members talked about extending the hours of operation.

Clerk Elaine Brown said that she had been in touch with the county council and was told that in Hexham, for example, certain members of the public are responsible for locking up the toilets in an evening, to keep them open for longer.

Miss Brown added that the county council would see if its operatives could come out later in the evening to lock the toilets. The meeting heard that in some areas of the county, there are schemes where businesses allow the use of their toilets to non-customers.