North Sunderland Parish Council round-up

County Council election.'John Woodman
County Council election.'John Woodman

The county council’s new north area manager for neighbourhood services has said he is happy for parish councillors to ‘pester’ him.

Bob Hodgson was at the November meeting to meet members and explain his new role – he is now responsible for waste, grass cutting, cleaning and trees, although a separate tree team for the north area is being established imminently.

He said that while he wouldn’t promise anything he couldn’t do, he was happy for people to keep in touch whenever they had an issue.

Mr Hodgson also explained that his main focus at the moment was the routes for sweeping and cleaning.

He was thanked for the work that had been carried out to repair the wall at the top of Harbour Hill as well as work at the old cemetery.

Later in the meeting, it was agreed that the parish council will still not take on responsibility for the play parks in Seahouses, following an asset transfer meeting.

• County Coun John Woodman urged Seahouses residents to respond to the neighbourhood plan survey which has been distributed. He explained that if villagers want more social housing, there needs to be proof of the area’s desire to enable it to form part of the plan.

The surveys must be in by the end of the month.

• Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Alan Morton told members that there had been three crimes in the parish since the October meeting. There had been a theft from the Co-op, a theft from a dwelling and a common assault following an incident at the Schooner. There were no reported incidents of anti-social behaviour.

• Coun David Donaldson again raised concerns about the missing sign to the parish church of St Paul in North Sunderland, which has been removed. Coun Woodman explained that the county council was trying to reduce the number of signs and that the parish council could request a brown tourist sign.

• The parish council agreed to adopt standing orders based on a standard template with some alterations; one being that public questions stay at the close of the meeting. Coun Stewart said: “You can’t just put your hand up here, here and here. That’s what happens at Beadnell and it’s not happening here.”