Tackling some of the village’s thorny issues

Dog-fouling stencils are in use in other parts of the country.
Dog-fouling stencils are in use in other parts of the country.

Stencils are to be painted onto certain paths in Seahouses to try to tackle the scourge of dog fouling in the seaside village.

At the July meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, Coun Malcolm Cresswell told members that the team at Northumberland County Council was prepared to come out and paint the messages free of charge.

Members didn’t want them everywhere as the warnings then lose their impact, but agreed that the key places were King Street, Main Street in the area of Seahouses First School, the seaward side of Seafield Road, the entrance to the old railway line path and the cut between Kippy Law and Main Street.

The stencils can only be painted on Tarmac or paving stones so it is hoped that other posters or signs can be obtained from the county council for other areas such as the old railway line itself.

Coun Kelvin Rushworth also proposed obtaining a number of the Northumberland Coast AONB leaflet – Taking your dog to the coast – and inserting them in the next copy of the village newsletter, which goes out in early August.

This covers not just dog fouling, but a range of issues.

Parking

The parish council has been liaising with the county council about new parking restrictions on James Street to tackle the parking issues in that area. While a proposal had been drawn up, Coun David Donaldson suggested extending the double yellow lines all the way down from the junction with King Street to the right turn into Kippy Law. Some members thought that this would be sufficient on one side of the road, not both, but local residents will be consulted before any decision is taken.