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Parking meeting next week

A meeting is to be held next week to thrash out a scheme for parking in Seahouses, ahead of a deadline to inform the county council by the end of the month.

After taking control of Northumberland County Council at the May elections, Labour announced a plan to allow towns and parishes to make their own decision on the future of parking control, choosing free parking if they feel it is the correct option.

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart and Coun Maureen Bramley recently met with officers from the county council to talk through some of the issues surrounding parking in the village.

Now, members will meet on Monday, November 11, at 7pm in the Sheltered Housing Community Centre in Seahouses to formulate a plan.

A number of members have previously expressed a desire for free parking, but issues such as the influx of tourists and the private harbour car park must be considered.

NO OBJECTIONS TO CLUBHOUSE PLANS

Members raised no objections to a scheme to build a new sports association clubhouse on land to the north-east of the Broad Road Industrial Estate.

The council was also told that applications to build two new homes on land by the Links Hotel and a scheme to make alterations to the Methodist Church were approved.

DECISION TO CO-OPT NEW MEMBER

Members agreed to co-opt a new member to the parish council to fill one of the vacancies.

Malcolm Cresswell, who is a permanent resident at King’s Field, wrote to the council asking to become a councillor.

He was described by chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart as well-known in that area of the village.

SAFETY FEARS ON PATHWAY ALLAYED

An issue concerning the safety of the path at the back of the golf course has been rectified, Coun Stewart told members.

Near to the old quarry, the fencing was not long enough and there were no signs to warn walkers or users of the path along the clifftop near Braidcar Point, but this has now been sorted out.

COUNTY TEAM TO LOOK INTO RODENTS

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart gave members an update, following reports of rodent sightings in the village.

The environmental health team at Northumberland County Council is to discuss the issue with Indian restaurant Spice House amid concerns that their bin is ‘often overflowing’.