East Chevington Parish Council, November meeting

ROAD SAFETY: A parish council has vowed to support a school in its fight to improve road safety for its young pupils.

Ethel Fairish, who is chairman of governors for Broomhill First School, has written to Northumberland County Council, asking the authority to consider some ‘straightforward initiatives’ which would help alleviate the current traffic dangers which pupils face outside of the school on a daily basis.

The letter was also sent to East Chevington Parish Council and on Monday night it was agreed that the parish council will write to the county council pledging support for the school’s cause.

The letter reads: ‘I am writing on behalf of the Governing Body of Broomhill First School to draw to your attention to the dangers our children face on a daily basis when trying to cross the road outside of school.

‘We are in the fortunate position of having a designated school crossing patrol. However, due to the sudden death of our long-standing crossing lady and the sickness leave of our current patrol, there has been a significant deterioration in the level of children’s safety due to parking outside the school gates.

‘It has become apparent that, despite letters from the school, cars are parking too close to the school crossing making it difficult to see oncoming vehicles. In addition to this, parents with buggies, double buggies and children in hand, do not have enough space to cross safely and get along the pavements.’

The letter adds that a number of traffic calming measures were put in place by the county council, following the implementation of a Travel Plan, which ‘improved the situation in the wider field but the main issue lies directly outside the school gates’.

It continues: ‘On the return of the school crossing patrol, the situation will be less dangerous but she has reported that it is very difficult to see around parked cars. Therefore, we should like the situation to be improved by some straightforward initiatives and urge you to consider them.

‘Would it be possible, given highways regulations, for zig-zag lines near the school entrance to be extended/the no-parking line opposite the school entrance to be lengthened?’

Parish council chairman, Coun Scott Dickinson, said that it was an important issue and called on the parish council to back the school’s corner.

He said: “Some of the things they are asking for seem easy enough to do so I think it is a case of John Douglas (clerk) writing to the county council saying we support the school.”

INSULATION WORK: Crucial insulation work to bungalows in Hadston has been carried out.

It comes after the parish council wrote to Isos Housing asking the group to take action at properties on Woodside Crescent, following complaints from residents.

Isos has since sent a letter to the parish council detailing what has been done to tackle the issue.

It explains that nearly 20 properties have been surveyed and loft insulation has been completed, a further one is awaiting installation, another was booked in but the resident cancelled and the resident of another property is away until January.

One property on Woodside Road already has sufficient loft insulation but requires cavity wall insulation and is pending an installation date.

Access has not been gained at several properties but contact cards have been left.

One resident refused to allow access for the survey while nearly 20 properties already had sufficient insulation and no work is required.

Isos hopes this confirms that work has taken place where possible, and that its contractor, Cosyseal, is doing everything possible to help.

HELPING HAND: Key training is being run at Hadston House Youth and Community Building to help people improve their job prospects.

Onsite college courses, in partnership with Northumberland College, are starting at the Hadston facility, on Bondicar Road, offering training opportunities for people aged 16 and over, and include CV writing, adult literacy and numeracy and travel and tourism skills.

There will also be a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card training course, which is free for unemployed people and will run for two weeks, four days a week.

To register for either, email hadstonhouse@aol.com or for more information, visit www.hadstonhouse.co.uk or call 01670 761537.

Evening sessions for young people are now being held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights, and funding has been awarded for new equipment and furniture, while a new sexual health programme is also about to start.

DRINK CONCERN: Concerns have been raised about youths drinking on the corner of Chevington Avenue and then dumping the beer cans there.

Coun Julie Milnes said she had received a number of complaints from residents about the issue.

She said: “There have been occasions where five or six youths have been gathering on the wall on the corner of Chevington Avenue at night and they are leaving empty beer cans there. It is becoming quite a regular thing.”

It was agreed to contact the police.

IN BRIEF: The stone planter on Hadston Road has been repaired; the parish council has agreed to donate £200 to both East Chevington and North End Trap football clubs; Red Row County First School has thanked the parish council for its continued financial support for pupils’ swimming provision; the next meeting is on Monday, January 9, at Hadston House from 5.30pm.