Donations, damaged trees and highways issues

Plants at Alnmouth Station.
Plants at Alnmouth Station.
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Warkworth Parish Council has agreed to donate £50 to both the Friends of Alnmouth Station and Warkworth and Amble Guiding.

The Friends spruce up the appearance of the station through planting and tidying, while the Guides will use the cash to help fund a taster session during a holiday club in August.

Parking, traffic-calming measures and the state of the village’s footpaths – these are three areas of parish-council concern.

And as part of this, the council will explore whether a 20mph zone can be put in place for Castle Street.

Members will arrange a meeting with a highways officer to discuss various concerns.

Issues relating to parking, traffic-calming and the footpaths are set to be put forward as the council’s three priorities for consideration as part of the Local Transport Plan 2017/18.

As part of discussions about the chronic parking problem in the village, the council said it would also have informal talks with the United Reformed Church about the possibility of opening up the car park when it is not being used by the church.

Coun John Lilley said: “There is a problem with car parking and these spaces could be utilised.”

The parish council is keen to arrange a meeting with David Brocklehurst, from Cussins, to discuss plans for new homes at Guilden Road. Coun John Hobrough said: “It would be good if the discussions were open to the public because there are people in that area who are concerned about it.”

Coun Roger Cashmore has said the climbing frame at the play area is a medium risk, because ‘some of the gaps are getting wider’. He said that no action was needed at the moment, but the council should revisit the issue in the next year. He added that the rest of the play area was low risk.

Trees have been damaged at The Stanners. Coun Helen Wilson said: “It must have been done by the grasscutters because it happened during the time that The Stanners was closed off for parking.” Coun Jeff Watson will speak to the county council about the issue.