Action is being taken on petition concerns

Amble harbour
Amble harbour

Action has been taken to target areas of concern which were highlighted in a petition by fed-up residents in a north Northumberland seaside town.

Last year, people living in Amble sent the document to MP Sir Alan Beith raising a string of grievances about the harbour area.

Issues included parking, litter and anti-social behaviour, especially young drivers using nearby streets and car parks as a race track.

The petition also went in front of November’s Northumberland County Council’s north area committee.

At Thursday’s Amble Town Council meeting, members – who were frustrated that the residents did not come to them first as they had been working to find solutions on the issues – were given a delayed update from the authority about what had been done to tackle the problems.

Police have been briefed about the anti-social behaviour issues and towards the end of last year, they held an operation in the area, with VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) and HM Revenue and Customs targeting the boy racers.

It resulted in 12 vehicles being taken off the road, due to the enforcement powers VOSA has.

Police added that new operations were set to take place every two months and resources would be made available.

The petition also raised concerns about traffic congestion and lack of parking in the area. Residents said the situation was made worse by harbour markets on Wednesdays and Sundays, car-boot sales on Saturdays and all bank holiday weekends.

Police said they could arrange for motor patrols to visit the area on Sunday mornings. In the past, they had coned off the street around the harbour area, but no longer had the budget for cones.