East Chevington Parish Council round-up

Cricket board at Red Row Welfare.
Cricket board at Red Row Welfare.
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Reports of drug use at Red Row Welfare are being looked into and efforts made to tackle any problems.

Coun Fred Thurgood said at the meeting on Monday, September 1, that there has been evidence of substance abuse, such as foil and plastic bottles.

He added that the multi-use games area is full of weeds.

Coun Scott Dickinson said that a multi-agency partnership, including police and the county council, is working to resolve any issues of drug abuse.

He said that the removal of the derelict cricket scoreboard and hut at the site is taking longer than scheduled.

○ A frustrated parish councillor has criticised the maintenance efforts of Isos Housing, claiming it leaves a lot to be desired.

Speaking at Monday’s meeting, Coun John Leach branded the company a waste of space and expressed his dismay at the firm’s bid to spruce up the area.

He said: “They have been around trying to kill the weeds, but they have killed more grass than they have weeds. It is disgusting.”

He also criticised the housing company for poor communication.

He added: “You can ring them to report an issue and they say they will get back to you, but then they don’t.”

At the July meeting of the parish council, the housing manager for Isos Housing, Katherine Glen, attended the forum to discuss ground maintenance work in the parish.

She told members that Isos would be working area by area to improve the appearance, over and above grass-cutting.

She also encouraged people to report any concerns to the company, calling 0300 300 1505.

○ An open meeting is taking place on Wednesday, September 17, at 5pm, to discuss plans to transform the former Druridge Bay Middle School site into a community facility, which could include leisure provision, such as a sports hall and gymnasium. The meeting takes place at the Druridge Bay Community Centre.

○ Coun Thelma Morse said that the hedge on the footpath by the community centre was overgrown. Coun Paul Claridge reiterated his concerns about the path between Hadston and North Broomhill, saying that it is in a bad state.

○ Coun Dickinson said that Hadston House’s summer programme for youngsters was a success and thanked everyone who used the cafe, as the money from this goes towards activities.