Amble Town Council round-up

Lindisfarne Road, Amble.
Lindisfarne Road, Amble.

A bid to explore viable options to tackle a long-standing problem of speeding motorists along Lindisfarne Road is continuing.

At last month’s meeting, Coun Peter Robinson said that he had conducted a survey among residents in the area to gauge their feelings about traffic calming measures on the stretch.

He told councillors that the majority of people were in favour, although they would rather have a chicane instead of speed bumps.

It was agreed to ask the county council to look into the matter.

At last Thursday’s meeting, clerk Elaine Brown said that she had contacted the authority and had received a response.

She told members: “Richard McKenzie (from the authority’s highways department) said that physical measures such as speed humps and chicanes are possible but it depends on the position of people’s driveways and it has to be accepted by the residents.”

The stretch currently has 20mph signs along it. Elaine added: “Richard said that we have reached what we can do with signage alone.

“The starting point will be to find out what the traffic speeds are.”

• Concerns which were raised recently regarding foul smells coming from the Moir Seafoods factory, at Coquet Enterprise Park, are being resolved. Amble Mayor Coun Craig Weir said: “Matters are being put into place by the company. The outcome is good, the complainant is happy and things are being resolved.”

• Coun Arckless said there is a clear commitment from senior county-council officers to help tackle long-standing parking problems in Amble, adding that the pace of change has quickened.

• Speaking about the new council-housing scheme in Amble, Coun Robert Arckless said: “This development was commissioned to meet an identified local housing need and I expect that to be reflected in the allocation of the houses.”

• A new bus shelter earmarked for the residential side of Acklington Road has been ordered by the contractor. Couns Jeff Watson and Arckless have contributed funds for it.

• The town council has agreed to hold meetings at the Fourways 2 building for a trial period of three months, starting in October. The aim is to make the sessions more appealing for the public to attend by moving to a larger venue. The next town-council meeting is Thursday, October 9, at 6.30pm.