Commemorative plaque refused

A REQUEST to honour a pilot who was killed during the Second World War by installing a commemorative plaque in the town has been turned down by Amble Town Council.

A Hipsburn resident suggested the council erects a memorial for Flight Lieutenant Gerry Sayer OBE, who died in October 1942 while flying a Hawker Typhoon from RAF Acklington.

Flt Lt Sayer, who was born in Colchester, was carrying out tests off Druridge Bay, but never returned.

The cause was never determined but it is thought that he collided in the clouds with other aircraft.

However, Coun Helen Lewis, said that she was ‘dubious’ about commemorating one person, which would be ‘disrespectful to the other brave people’ who lost their lives.

“Apart from our war memorial, we haven’t got any individual plaques or commemorative things,” she added.

Coun Leslie Bilboe added: “If we start with one, where do we stop?”

Coun Sam Palin suggested passing it on to the local branch of the Royal British Legion, which was agreed.

PADDLE POWER: Discussions are continuing to try to bring derelict seaside paddling pools back into use.

Town and county councillor Robert Arckless has agreed in principal to fund part of the Paddlers project through his members’ small schemes allowance, if he can get approval.

He said: “I want the town council to be involved before there are any final decisions but I would prefer the cleaning up and base paint idea. I would like to see some progress with this before yet another holiday season.”

MAYOR COULD QUIT: The mayor of Amble is considering retiring from the council, because of an ‘undercurrent of bad feeling’.

Coun Bilboe said: “When I joined the council I felt, and believed, as other members did, that on a small council there was no room for politics, and the people should come first.

“But over the last few months, I have become aware there is an undercurrent of bad feeling and dissatisfaction, which is a shame as it cannot help with the good work being done.”

After the meeting, Coun Bilboe said that if things did not improve, he would possibly retire at the end of the council year.

CLEAN-UP CALL: Action will be taken to try to tidy up an Amble property, which has been branded a disgrace.

The council received a complaint from a resident about the state of a house in Gloster Park.

Coun Bilboe said: “It has been a disgrace for some years. The garden hasn’t been done for almost as long as I have been in Amble and unfortunately the fence has blown down.”

Members agreed to write to the resident of the property, asking for work to be done. If this is ignored, the council will write to the county council.

IN BRIEF: THE town council has agreed to buy 10 new prizes for James Calvert Spence College, which in the past have been given to pupils to reward sporting excellence.

THE next meeting is Thursday, April 12, at 6.30pm, in the town council meeting room, The Quayside, Amble.