North Sunderland Parish Council

Snakes threaten homes plan

A snake is threatening to disrupt controversial plans for 88 new homes in Seahouses.

After being told by Northumberland County Council to provide more information, developer Northumbria Leisure Ltd may now face further complications after reports that adders – a protected species – had been seen at the site off King Street. A Kingsfield resident has claimed that an adder had bitten a dog there during the hot weather.

Although proof of the snakes’ presence is still being sought, Coun Tom Orrin said: “There are enough people that have seen them there.”

A county council spokesman confirmed that it had received an anonymous call reporting that a dog had been bitten by a snake at Kingsfield housing estate and died thee days later.

The spokesman said: “We are unable to say whether there are adders in this area, although it is not a typical habitat for them. If present, it would have to be considered as part of any planning process.”

UNPLEASANT SMELL IN MAIN STREET

A ‘foul’ smell in Main Street could be a result of the dry weather, according to the county council. Answering a query from the parish, county said that if it was coming from the drains, it may improve when it rained. Coun Tom Orrin said: “It’s a foul smell. It’s not every day but when it’s bad it’s bad.”

EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING STRATEGY

County Coun John Woodman urged the parish council to carefully consider and give feeback on Northumberland County Council’s core strategy, which is due to go out for consultation. “It will form the strategy for housing and employment for the next 15 years, so it is really important,” said Coun Woodman.

NEW SIGN HAS BEEN ORDERED

The Seahouses sign beside the first school is to be replaced. Chairman Geoffrey Stewart told councillors that the county council had put an order in, and it would be put up in due course. Parish councillors asked if the sign could read Seahouses on one side and North Sunderland on the other.

STATE OF LITTER BIN TO BE LOOKED INTO

Councillors said they will investigate the state of a ‘broken’ litter bin on King Street, that had been reported to Coun Orrin. Chairman Geoff Stewart said that damaged bins were removed by Northumberland County Council, but that it was the responsibility of the parish council to replace them.