A leading councillor believes progress is being made at a village shopping spot which has come under fire for its untidy appearance, following a major clean-up job.
The tatty state of Hadston Precinct has been a hot topic of conversation and a source of criticism by residents and parish councillors alike.
Northumberland County Council officers, as well as Druridge Bay ward member Coun Scott Dickinson, have been putting pressure on the site’s owners, Thrower Stone Group, to take responsibilty of the plot.
And earlier this month, the Gateshead-based company carried out a thorough clean of the footpaths, as well as a street wash.
Coun Dickinson said: “Both officers and I have continued to pursue this issue and we seem to be making progress. I have been using every tool available.
“The situation has improved and Thrower Stone has got a good base to work from, but the issue now is for them to keep it up.
“This has been a big issue for local people and it appears that we are making progress.
“There are still a few issues, but it looks like we are moving in the right direction. The company also recently painted some of the metal work.”
Problems at the Precinct have come to a head this year.
In April, Coun Dickinson told East Chevington Parish Council that enforcement action may have to be taken against the company to force it into carrying out essential maintenance work at the untidy shopping site.
Just weeks later, angry Red Row resident Brian Rochester contacted the Gazette to complain about overflowing bins at the site.
The company did resolve the issue by tidying up the site, while the county council cleaned up the wider area.