Lots of litter
A MEMBER of the public raised the issue of litter in and around the village, particularly in hedgerows where it has been thrown from car windows.
He suggested that traders in Seahouses be asked to display posters telling customers to bin it or take it home with them.
He also described how, on a walk from the golf course to Beadnell, he filled eight bin liners with rubbish such as fish and chip wrappers.
Coun Tom Orrin said that part of the problem was that there aren’t litter bins outside the village centre.
But Coun David Donaldson said: “Drivers aren’t going to stop and put them in a litter bin anyway.”
Members agreed that litter was a significant issue in the village and the harbour and that the posters in shops and cafes was a good step forward.
Coun Philip Brabban said: “The council needs to up their game on this issue.”
COUN Orrin raised concerns over the use of the bus layby at the bottom of Main Street by delivery lorries and cars and proposed putting up bus only signs.
But Coun Donaldson thought it was reasonable for businesses to use the layby for the purposes of unloading.
He said: “The buses are only every two hours. I don’t think it’s going to be of any benefit to go to the expense of getting a sign put up.”
PC Rebecca Perry said: “I would take the view that it was common sense to stop in the layby rather than blocking the road.”
NEIGHBOURHOOD Beat Manager PC Rebecca Perry provided members with an update on crime in the region in the last month.
There was only one crime – the theft of go-karts from a Bamburgh View garden in North Sunderland.
Stones were thrown at a window in Stone Close and two youths were issued with anti-social behaviour letters. There was also a report of excrement smeared on a car door handle in Harbour View.
PC Perry said that advice cards had been handed out to drivers to warn them about parking in Main Street and that the response seemed good.
NO objections were raised over plans for alterations and extensions to the hostel in North Sunderland.
Jane Wood, from Seahouses Hostel, said: “The idea isn’t to take more people, it’s just to make them comfortable when they’re here.
“It’s getting a little bit jaded and times move on. We are just trying to look to the future and see how we better serve the hostel.”
The issue of separate areas for children and the adults who accompany them iin school groups was also raised as another reason for having more space.
MEMBERS raised no objections to plans to change the amusement arcade in Main Street into a shop.
The owner of Pinnacles Bazaar is to move his clothes shop downstairs so that it is more accessible for customers.
He will keep an old-fashioned one-armed bandit machine as a memento of Johnny’s Amusements, the proceeds of which will all go to the Seahouses Christmas lights.
A response was received from the county council’s planning department about concerns over the kiosk window at the Johnny’s Amusements site.
The window is used to sell kebabs and fried food but the original plans were submitted allow for this.
Inquiries are to be made as to what can be done to deal with the congestion caused on the pavement.
MEMBERS agreed to make donations of £300 to the Seahouses Festive Lights Team, £100 to the Great North Air Ambulance and £60 to Age Concern.
l MEMBERS agreed to pay £150 plus costs for the annual servicing of the clock.
l THE next meeting will take place on Monday, March 7, at 7pm in the Sheltered Housing Community Centre, Stone Close.