Youngsters causing problems at shelter

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YOUTHS are causing nuisance at a bus shelter, congregating and urinating at the site and sitting on the roof, worried residents have said.

There have also been claims that youngsters are jumping from the top of the structure into the road when vehicles are passing by.

Concerned villagers have written to East Chevington Parish Council to ask what can be done to solve the problems at the stone shelter on the Broomhill Road.

Some residents have even suggested replacing it with a clear plastic design.

At the last meeting of the parish council, on Monday, July 1, chairman Scott Dickinson said the situation would be monitored.

There was also a feeling that a clear plastic shelter was not the answer, because of their appearance and a belief that they are prone to vandalism.

Coun Dickinson said: “Residents say that kids are congregating and urinating in the shelter and sitting on the roof and sometimes jumping into the road. It’s dangerous. All we can do is monitor the situation.

“It is well used and we have to make sure there is sufficient cover.”

Coun Dickinson added that the bus shelter is cleaned twice a week.

Coun Alice Charlton suggested putting barbed wire on the roof to deter youngsters from climbing on top.

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○ Isos Housing is trying to build on a good working relationship with Northumberland County Council to develop a sensible approach to grass cutting.

And Tina Drury, executive director for Isos, which uses landscape contractor Ground Control, told the council that the standard has improved.

She said: “We are in a better place this year than last.

“I am not saying it is perfect, but it is far better and much improved.

“One of the things we are finding is that residents don’t know what the boundaries are between what is our land and what is council land and we have found that the council hasn’t been cutting at the same time or the same week as we have.

“As we have our own contractor we are quite specific and detailed about what is our land and what isn’t.

“We have met the council and shared our maps with them.”

It is hoped that a sensible approach can be taken to areas where boundaries meet and talks are on going.