North Sunderland Parish Council round-up: Parking, toilets and an abandoned car

Seahouses centre
Seahouses centre

North Sunderland Parish Council has raised concerns about parking in James Street after a retrospective change-of-use planning application was submitted.

Applicant Alison McDermott wants to convert two garages into living space at 2 James Street. But councillors raised concerns about a potential impact in an area which has already reached parking saturation point.

Coun David Donaldson said: “If the garages are now bedrooms, that makes a five bedroom property – where are all the cars going to go? James Street is already a problem for parking.

“If it is going to be made into a commercial property for bed and breakfast or letting, something like that, then the lack of parking concerns me.”

Chairman Geoffrey Stewart said there was provision for four cars within the site.

But Coun David Shiel said: “Personally I think we have not got enough information from them.”

• A Volkswagen Lupo was reported stolen from Beechcroft between Saturday, January 31, and Sunday, February 1. The vehicle was subsequently found crashed on the outskirts of Seahouses. Sgt Andy Pullen told members of North Sunderland Parish Council that inquiries into the incident were ongoing.

• The county council wants parish councillors to refill paper in the public toilets during summer, and check for any issues. Members refused as county employees already work in the car park. Chairman Geoffrey Stewart said: “I asked, if we took them on, would there be a reduction in residents’ council tax? The answer was no.”

• Sgt Andy Pullen told members that a number of crimes were reported in the last month. The bonnet of a BMW parked on North Street was damaged between January 1-5; a cross had been etched into the new plate glass window at the Elan Pizzeria; and an iPhone was stolen from Seahouses Social Club on January 23.

• Councillors had no objection to an application to install plastic windows at Thorburns Yard, rather than the timber windows that were originally agreed as part of the planning permission. Coun David Donaldson said: “I would have thought because of its exposed position the plastic would be much better.”