Amble Town Council round-up

Queen Street in Amble after a visit by parking enforcement officers.

Queen Street in Amble after a visit by parking enforcement officers.

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Much-criticised cobbles on Queen Street could be removed in a few years’ time.

Last month, town councillors raised concerns about the number of uneven stones in the area, with Coun Robert Arckless branding it a nightmare.

There have been numerous reports of people tripping over the cobbles.

Vehicles are currently allowed to park on the cobbled areas. At the October meeting, clerk Elaine Brown read out a report from a county council highways inspector, which indicated that action could be taken to solve the issue.

It read: “This has been a long, ongoing problem on Queen Street as we cannot relay any of the loose blocks back in with hot pitch .

“Every time the blocks become loose the only thing that we can do is take the loose blocks out and fill the area with cement to make it safe .

“This is why I have put Queen Street on a capital scheme for the blocks to be removed and the road to be resurfaced .

“This has been suggested for a non-principal scheme for some time in 2016/2017 at a possible cost of somewhere in the region of £80,000 to £100,000.”

• A speed survey for Lindisfarne Road has not yet been carried out by the county council, but it is on a list of jobs to do. The analysis will be done as part of attempts to explore viable options to try to stop speeding motorists along the stretch. In the summer, Coun Peter Robinson told members that the majority of residents in the area wanted traffic-calming measures on the road.

• The town council is looking at placing seats to commemorate the First World War in the Memorial Garden. Town council clerk Elaine Brown said she is also looking at a special seat for the High Street garden which is a puffin design.

• The town council has agreed in principle to donate £250 annually for a period of five years to a wild-flower scheme along Rotary Way. Members heard that Warkworth Parish Council has also agreed to make the same contributiion. Paul Creighton from the Rotary Club of Amble and Warkworth approached the councils about the scheme.

• Schoolchildren have had the chance to play a part in improving the appearance of the town’s Welfare recreation ground. On Tuesday, as part of Local Democracy Week, town councillors went to James Calvert Spence College and allowed pupils to vote on various projects, up to £500, for the site. Members also visited Amble Links First School.

• The next meeting of Amble Town Council takes place on Thursday, November 13, starting at 6.30pm at the Conference Room, Fourways 2, on Dilston Terrace. The public are welcome.