Village identity should stay
Members felt that Seahouses should retain its identity as a village and not expand too much, as they discussed their response to the county council’s core strategy consultation.
Referring to 200 homes being built in the village, Coun Sylvia Hillan said: “I still think that’s a tremendous amount.”
Coun Tom Orrin added: “There isn’t the space in Seahouses, they are filling it up left, right and centre.”
Ward councillor John Woodman pointed out that the 20-year plan covers from 2011 to 2031 so any homes built in the last three years are included in the total. “To my mind, the most important thing is that they are houses that people live in, not houses built as a business,” he added.
Coun David Donaldson agreed, saying: “It should be affordable housing for rent, not just affordable housing.”
An open day for the fledgling neighbourhood plan for the area is being held on Wednesday, January 22, in Seahouses Methodist Church.
PARISH PRECEPT WILL NOT RISE
Councillors agreed to keep the parish precept at £11,000 for the coming financial year, which will mean a slight reduction in the cost to a band D property.
Members felt that as the council currently has around £29,000 in reserves, there was no justification for putting the precept up.
THANKS FOR POPPY SUPPORT AND LIGHTS
Coun Tom Orrin told the meeting that the interim total raised from the 2013 Poppy Appeal was £3,747.90, slightly down on the past few years which had surpassed the £4,000 mark.
Members also expressed their gratitude for the efforts of the Christmas lights team for the lights and the fireworks display.
FESTIVE PERIOD QUIET FOR POLICE
PC Andy Harle, who is a new addition to the police team based in Seahouses, told the meeting that there had been four crimes in the past month.
One, involving the theft of cash from the Co-op, was being resolved, while another, a fight over the Christmas period at the Links Hotel, had been dealt with.
ISSUES TO ADDRESS IN THE CEMETERY
Coun David Donaldson raised several points in relation to the cemetery.
He said that a new noticeboard was needed, although Coun Geoffrey Stewart said that this was in hand. He also drew attention to a number of leaning headstones as well as a number of cast-iron grave markings going missing.