Amble Town Council round-up

Part of the one-way system in Amble.
Part of the one-way system in Amble.
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A frustrated resident has demanded more litter bins be placed in the town to fix an ‘urgent’ rubbish problem.

Grace Jones said the small single bins in the car parks ‘become over stuffed’ and debris is then ‘blown everywhere’, which looks ‘disgusting’.

She said that rubbish is strewn all over the dunes and car parks, giving an ‘extremely poor vision of the town’ and called on the town council to buy additional bins.

Clerk Elaine Brown said that in the last two financial years the town council has spent £2,800 on bins. Four new ones have been installed, including two gull-proof bins at Leazes Street, while a number have been placed as part of the Harbour Village.

She said that the town is at full capacity for bins, according to the county council, and the only option is relocation.

Coun Lewis said that none of the car parks fell into the town-council remit, as they are on third-party land.

It was agreed to check with the county council to ensure bins at key spots are being emptied on a daily basis.

• Consultation with residents about whether to make a temporary one-way system in Amble permanent could start in the next few months – but it could cost around £70,000 to make it long-lasting. Consultation on residents’ parking permits on Queen Street and areas within the one-way system is set to form part of the consultation.

• The council is currently deciding on the top three highways and transport priorities in Amble, as part of the county council’s Local Transport Plan 2016-17. If any residents have any suggestions, email the town council on townclerk@amble.gov.uk and the issue is to be discussed at the town council’s September meeting.

• Members have agreed to award grants to a number of local causes. Amble Youth Project will receive £399 for a new laptop, Tiny Woods Academy has been awarded £500 to go towards new football equipment and courses and £300 has been given to Brambles Childcare to help it purchase a Jungle Gym climbing frame.

• On Saturday, August 15, following a two minutes’ silence, wreaths will be laid at 11am on both war memorials in the Town Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and VJ Day.

• New west-ward councillor Katrina Cassidy has been welcomed onto the council.