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Memorial work completed

he repairs to the walls and gate around the war memorial on the roundabout in the centre of the village have finally been completed and the gates relocked.

The monument had been damaged after several incidents in which it was hit by vehicles, including buses, some due to cars parked outside Barclay’s Bank reducing the turning circle for larger vehicles.

At last month’s meeting of the parish council, Coun Tom Orrin raised concerns, made obvious during the holiday period, about people sitting at the war memorial to eat fish and chips.

Now that the gates are repaired and locked, it is hoped this will no longer be an issue.

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart said that at the roundabout and the surrounding area, in the heart of Seahouses, the white lines and road markings needed to be repainted.

Coun David Donaldson added that the red crossing strips, marking the dropped kerbs, were also fading.

INSIDE, SO NOTHING CAN BE DONE

Coun Maureen Bramley mentioned concerns that had been raised by a member of the public about the banner displayed in the window of Neptunes fish and chip restaurant.

But she was informed that as it was inside the window, it was outside the remit of the planning authority.

BATTERED BINS IN TWO LOCATIONS

Coun Tom Orrin reported that the bins by the school entrance on Southfield Avenue and outside the old cemetery are in a bad state of repair. Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart said that they would contact the county council and see if they had any repaired bins in stock that could be made available to replace them.

THUMBS UP FOR GREEN ENERGY

Members had no objections to plans to install five PV sun-tracking systems to generate electricity in a field at Springhill Farm. It was thought that the 8.5metre-tall panels wouldn’t be visible from the road.

Coun Philip Brabban said: “It’s renewable energy, it’s got to be a good thing.”

CONCERNS OVER NEW PLANNING RULES

The parish council has concerns about new Government planning guidelines, which would mean that for small-scale developments, if the county council doesn’t respond within 42 days, the developer may proceed regardless. Members asked County Coun John Woodman to take the matter up with Sir Alan Beith MP.