Discussions begin to try to improve residents’ lives

the homes overlooking the Braid
the homes overlooking the Braid

Key talks have begun between councillors and residents in a bid to tackle complaints of anti-social behaviour and neglect.

Last month, we reported that people living in North View and North Street in Amble had contacted the town council, claiming that their lives were being made a misery by unruly youths and the poor upkeep around their properties, among other issues.

Now, an initial meeting, described as being ‘quite constructive’ by council clerk Elaine Brown, has taken place between members of the council and concerned residents.

An agenda has been drawn up and the points are set to be thrashed out during another round of talks, which should take place later this month.

Issues up for discussion include anti-social behaviour, such as youngsters hanging around the area, noise levels and cleanliness, as well as lighting, neglect of the area and the state of footpaths.

The clerk has also contacted Northumberland County Council and Tesco – which has permission to build a supermarket close by – to look into a number of concerns raised by the residents.

Northumbria Police, LMAPS, landlords, residents, county council officers and a Tesco representative will be invited to the next meeting.