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Sensible approach to grass cutting

Isos Housing is trying to build on a good working relationship with Northumberland County Council to develop a sensible approach to grass cutting.

And Tina Drury, executive director for Isos, which uses landscape contractor Ground Control, told the council that the standard has improved.

She said: “We are in a better place this year than last. I am not saying it is perfect, but it is far better and much improved. We are still hampered slightly by the weather in terms of rainfall, but we are more organised and coordinated in getting up to speed if we miss areas.

“One of the things we are finding is that residents don’t know what the boundaries are between what is our land and what is council land and we have found that the council hasn’t been cutting at the same time or the same week as we have and as we have our own contractor we are quite specific and detailed about what is our land and what isn’t. We have met the council and shared our maps with them.”

It is hoped that a sensible approach can be taken to areas where boundaries meet.

FOOTBALL FUNDING SCORED

Hadston House Youth and Community Projects has secured funding from Isos Housing for a 20-week soccer school at the field of the former Druridge Bay Middle School. The sessions, which start on Wednesday, are for boys and girls aged six to 17. There is also space on courses such as childcare and hair and beauty. Call 01670 761537 for details on both the football and the courses.

KEEP SITE TIDY, COUNCIL WARNS

Northumberland County Council has requested that

DP Builders keep the former Petticas garage site in Red Row tidy and ensure regular checks are made to prevent fly-tipping. The authority is keeping an eye on the situation. Parish councillors have previously raised concerns about the tidiness and the appearance of the site.

PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM SUGGESTED

The parish council is to suggest the creation of a parking permit system for local people at Druridge Bay Country Park, as part of the free parking for all consultation, issued by the new Labour administration at County Hall. Parish council chairman Scott Dickinson said: “It would be great if it could be free for local people.”

SIGN UP FOR BLOOM CONTEST

There is still time to enter the East Chevington in Bloom Garden Competition – with trophies and cash prizes up for grabs. Categories are large (over 30 sq metres) flower garden, small (under 30 sq metres) flower garden, hanging baskets, shops/public buildings, ornament/patio garden, local first schools, vegetable patch and community adopt a spot. Entry forms from Hadston House or parish councillors. Return to Hadston House by July 14.

BENCH LOCATIONS DISCUSSED

Parish councillors have discussed siting a bench at Hedgehope Crescent, as well as putting another one in the old part of the cemetery in Chevington. At last month’s meeting, members criticised the fact that a new seat at Hadston Industrial Estate had a bolt missing. Work has since been carried out to resolve the issue.