Discussions over safe crossing point for road

The crossing point on the A1068. Hadston is to the right, while Druridge Bay Country Park is to the left.
The crossing point on the A1068. Hadston is to the right, while Druridge Bay Country Park is to the left.

A crossing could be installed along a busy stretch of road as part of a major housing development, councillors have heard.

Fairhurst has been appointed by Grainger plc to submit an outline planning application for around 90 properties at Hadston.

The scheme is earmarked for land close to the A1068, opposite Druridge Bay Country Park. And as part of talks about the bid, ‘the need for a safe crossing’ along that main road has been discussed.

Speaking at the recent East Chevington Parish Council meeting, Coun Rev Sue Reilly – who attended a site visit with county-council planning officers – said: “They appreciated the need for a safe crossing for this development and there was discussion about what would be the most cost-effective way of doing it and the officers would take it back.”

There is already a crossing along the stretch, but last year, Coun Reilly said parents had raised concerns about children crossing the A1068.

Parish council news in brief:

An attempt to install new CCTV in Hadston is rumbling on after the site owners keep changing their minds.

Gateshead-based Thrower Stone, which owns The Precinct, originally said it wanted one kind of system, before telling the parish council that it wanted one with underground wires.

The parish council has tried to contact the company, but it has not replied since the middle of May.

Thrower Stone was to cover 20 per cent of the cost, but councillors fear the firm is trying to avoid payment.

Councillors are keen to find out why the company wants underground wires, instead of a wireless system, and want to know if they can progress matters without the firm’s permission.

Coun Alice Charlton raised concerns about rubbish which has been dumped in two flower beds in Hadston.

The county council has agreed an application to reopen the former convenience shop in Market Place, Red Row, as a coffee shop.

The parish council has donated £300 to North End Trap FC and £50 to North Broomhill Toddler Group.

The next parish council meeting is Monday, July 4, at Hadston House, from 5pm.