North Sunderland Parish Council: Cemetery expansion plans

The parish council is pushing forward with its plans to expand the village cemetery.

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart had a plan of the graveyard, including the new area, and members gave the go-ahead to the work to prepare the ground.

It was also agreed to move the bunker to a new position, following complaints about it being ‘unsightly’.

Quotes are to be sought for the creation of paths between the new rows of plots, although Coun Malcolm Cresswell pointed out that not all 10 would need to be done at the same time.

The council is also to ask residents to consider making memorial donations to be used to buy trees for the new area.

The disappearance of the gate at the closed cemetery was raised, but Coun Stewart said it was being kept in a safe place until work to the pillars is completed.

There was also annoyance that the yew trees had been cut down, rather than pruned as requested.

Village services in bus review

Coun Tom Orrin told the meeting that services affecting Seahouses are included in a county-council review of bus subsidies, which was reported in the Gazette last week. He called on the parish council to write in support of the 418 Travelsure service and the subsidised journeys on Arriva’s X18.

Further work on potholes needed

The county council did make some repairs to potholes on St Aidan’s and Seafield Road following complaints by parish councillors, but not all were filled in and there are plenty still to do. Members agreed to raise the issue once again, along with Southfield Avenue, another problem spot.

Clubhouse plans withdrawn

Plans for a new sports association clubhouse on land north-east of Broad Road Industrial Estate have been withdrawn. It was pointed out that the scheme was part of a section 106 agreement for the expansion of Seafield Caravan Park, but it is understood that the application will be resubmitted.

Progress made on bush issues

Members heard that progress is being made on the area of land backing onto the car park in Seahouses, which had previously sparked concerns. The bushes which were cut down will be replaced if it is necessary following a check to see if the roots are still there, as they may have only been cut down above the ground.