Enforcement action could be taken to prompt work

Hadston Precinct.
Hadston Precinct.

Enforcement action could be taken against a company to force it into carrying out essential maintenance work at an untidy shopping site, a councillor has warned.

The tatty appearance of Hadston Precinct has long been a source of complaint for councillors and residents in the area.

And at Monday’s East Chevington Parish Council meeting, chairman Scott Dickinson told members that harsh measures may have to be taken to push site owners, Thrower Stone Group, into action.

He said: “The site is not being maintained to the standard we want for residents.

“Northumberland County Council has been in talks with Thrower Stone and have offered a service-level agreement to maintain the area and bring the precinct up to a standard that’s acceptable to both residents and councillors.

“The parish council has raised these issues on a number of occasions and I have raised it as well.

“There may need to be some enforcement if they are not going to play ball.”

The parish council is going to contact Thrower Stone about two lights which are not working in the car park in front of the Precinct shops.

The group will also ask the company to erect better signage to highlight parking bays for the disabled, after concerns were raised about the spaces being used by other drivers, such as workmen while having their lunch.

The meeting heard that action has been taken to improve other parts of the village.

Coun Dickinson told members that both ends of Bondicar Road have been resurfaced and the middle stretch should be repaired by the jetpatchers next week.

He has also used money from his members’ small schemes fund to pay for road sweepers to clean estates in Hadston and Widdrington.

Discussions have taken place about repairing the bus shelter on Bondicar Road.

The cost of installing galvanised mesh panelling inside the structure will cost around £1,500. Members agreed to investigate the quality of such a repair job first.