Funding available for hub study
Northumberland County Council has confirmed that funding will be made available to carry out a feasibility study to investigate the viability of a Food Hub on the site of the former Northumberland Foods factory in Amble. The work will take place this month and an interim report is due in early February.
Repair works criticised
Councillors have voiced their dismay over the state of footpath repair works, with one member saying the job was so bad, it looked like ‘icing on a Christmas cake’.
Last week, we reported Amble residents’ fury at work on North Street, branding it an abomination and dangerous.
It had been started before Christmas but stopped over the festive period, leaving it incomplete, in a ‘disgusting’ state and littered with trip hazards.
On Thursday, Amble town councillors criticised the work.
Coun Robert Arckless said he wasn’t impressed with what he saw while Coun Rev Velda Nicholson branded it ‘ridiculous’.
Coun Craig Weir criticised the lack of consultation about the repairs, saying that the town clerk, at the very least, should have been told.
The county council told the Gazette last week that it would make sure its sub-contractor finished the work to an acceptable standard and that it doesn’t usually inform the public about this type of job.
Council looks to cover costs
The town council is to investigate the possibility of covering the cost of insurance for the fenced-off site at Turner Street, with the aim of reopening it as a car park to alleviate some of the town’s parking issues. It has been fenced off for a number of years and Clerk Elaine Brown said it would be ‘fantastic’ to reopen it.
Council reduces upcoming budget
The town council has set its budget for 2013/14 – and it represents a decrease from last year. Members have set the upcoming budget at £106,840, compared to £107,590 for 2012/13. The 2013/14 budget includes £1,000 towards celebrating the First World War centenary and £3,000 for grant funding.
Police report a good December
The amount of crime in Amble last month was good compared to previous Decembers, PCSO Darin Fawcett said. Incidents included six reports of youth disorder and three criminal damages. He said: “December itself was pretty good. It’s been a good one compared to other Christmases and New Year’s.”