East Chevington Parish Council

Play area covred in glass

Litter louts have been criticised by parish councillors as a children’s playground is constantly covered in broken glass.

The facility at Hadston Community Park is a regular haunt for groups smoking and drinking.

And members said that smashed bottles are an all-too-frequent problem.

One horrified councillor said: “Who goes smashing bottles in a children’s playground?”

Clerk John Douglas said efforts are made to keep it tidy.

He said: “The park is litter-picked and inspected once a week. But you can go and tidy the area one day and then find smashed bottles the next.”

The parish council is to suggest that the area be inspected and tidied on a Monday, which chairman Scott Dickinson said was the ‘prime time to go’.

Coun Fred Thurgood said that the MUGA at Red Row faced similar problems in respect of broken glass.

Members added that litter can also be an issue at Hadston Precinct.

Bench installation branded a ‘joke’

A new bench which has been installed at Hadston Industrial Estate has got a bolt missing. Coun Paul Claridge said it was a joke at the way it had been put in. The parish council also has a second bench which needs siting and its budget group is to discuss where it should go, possibly replacing an existing one in need of repair.

Rubbish removal at allotments

Coun Thelma Morse said that allotment holders at Red Row were happy after rubbish had been removed. Earlier this year, she raised concerns to the council about fly-tipping at the entrance to the site, saying all sorts of items were being dumped. On Monday, she asked if anything could be done to stop it happening again.

Annual garden contest begins

Entry forms are now available for this year’s East Chevington Parish Council garden competition. They can be picked up from Hadston House, the local Post Office, or from a parish councillor. The deadline for entries is Sunday, July 14, and judging will take place on Friday, July 19. The contest is an annual event.

Charity run earns chairman’s praise

Parish council chairman Scott Dickinson praised this year’s Druridge Bay 10k. The annual charity run was this year in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. The Sunday, May 26, event raised thousands of pounds for the cause and attracted 300 runners. It was won by 22-year-old Amble lad Karl Taylor.