Amble Town Council

FOOTBALL PITCH WILL BE CUT

The town council has agreed to cut the football field at Amble Welfare over the summer – but wants to organise a meeting with other parties to discuss future cutting.

The issue was raised by Coun Jeff Watson, who said that soccer sides were struggling to play the game because the grass was so long. He admitted it was in a bad state and needs cutting.

Amble Development Trust is responsible for the Welfare, but Coun Watson said that the organisation was facing financial constraints and suggested the town council pays for the pitch to be cut in the short-term.

But Coun Helen Lewis said: “My main worry is that it could set a very bad precedent. If you’re cutting something free for a third-party owner, you are leaving yourself wide open.”

A vote was tied, so Mayor Craig Weir made the decisive call, agreeing the council cuts the pitch over the summer, but hold a meeting with interested parties to discuss the longer-term options.

TOWN INVOLVED IN BENCHMARKING

Amble will be awarded a £2,500 grant to undertake Action for Market Towns’ (AMT) Benchmarking activity. AMT will deliver the study and a completed report is due to be made available to the town council by the end of March 2014. A grant has been offered to each of the 12 main towns in the county.

DISAPPOINTMENT OVER PADDLERS

Amble town and county councillor Robert Arckless has said he would welcome ideas from members for local projects to support. In his monthly report to councillors, he said that he really wants to see some action on the Paddlers and is disappointed that another summer season is here without a result.

TALKS WITH TESCO AND RESIDENTS SET

A meeting is taking place next week between Amble councillors and residents from North View and North Street to try to address a number of issues that people living there have. Before this, talks are being held with councillors, the development trust, business club chairman Colin Harris and Tesco’s Doug Wilson.

MAYOR REITERATES NEED FOR MEETING

Amble Mayor Craig Weir stressed the need for a date to be fixed to discuss issues of speeding on The Wynd and Rotary Way. Councillors from Amble and Warkworth are set to meet police about the issue, but nothing has been arranged yet. He said: “It is important to get this meeting in place. We need to keep on pushing it.”