East Chevington Parish Council round-up

East Chevington Parish Council garden competition winners in 2012.
East Chevington Parish Council garden competition winners in 2012.

The future of the parish council garden competition has been thrown into doubt, following a lack of entries in the 2014 contest.

Coun John Leach said: “Is it worth carrying it on? There were only a dozen entries this year. The competition has been around for a number of years, but there doesn’t seem to be any interest whatsoever.

“Some people didn’t even come to collect their prizes at the presentation evening.”

He told members that the residents’ association was thinking about doing a separate award scheme, selecting one or two stand-out gardens in the area and giving the owners a prize for keeping their gardens tidy.

He added that the parish council could perhaps join in with this particular idea.

Members agreed to put the future of the parish council garden competition on next month’s agenda and discuss the best way to go.

Coun Paul Claridge said: “It does seem that there is a general lack of interest. Some of the 12 entries we had this year were from parish councillors. There may be some ideas for other competitions more in keeping with modern times.”

• More than £1,300 has been secured for the water supply to the Broomhill allotments. Coun Scott Dickinson said: “The allotment-holders will be pleased. It means they can have a smashing growing year next year.”

• The parish council has donated £800 each to Red Row and Broomhill county first schools, £200 each to Red Row Welfare AFC, North End Trap FC and Druridge Bay Community Boxing Club and £100 to Alnwick Playhouse Trust.

• There have been no more reports of cannabis use at Red Row Welfare. Last month, a woman had her phone stolen from her bag after getting on a bus at Red Row. Police patrols are in place for Hallowe’en and bonfire night.