Amble Town Council: May meeting round-up

Coun Craig Weir
Coun Craig Weir

Coun Craig Weir will stay as Amble Mayor for another year, while Coun Jane Dargue will remain his deputy. But there is a place on the town council after West-ward member Katherine Bennett resigned.

If there is not a by-election for the post, then the town council can co-opt. For details, visit or call 01665 714695.

*Farewell to great character

Tributes have been paid to former Amble Town councillor Alf Sargent who passed away recently.

Coun Robert Arckless said: “Alf retired in 2003. He was a stalwart of the local Labour Party and he served for more than 10 years as a member of Amble Town Council.

“Alf was a representative of the council on local open-cast liaison committees and the Druridge Bay Campaign at a time when the threat of a nuclear power station on our doorstep was very real.

“In his last year on the council, he served as Deputy Mayor. He was a great character with a real sense of fun.

“He was a joy to work with on local campaigns and he was an honest, genuine and caring man who had a passionate belief in social justice.

“For many years Alf was a volunteer with the local branch of Age Concern delivering meals on wheels.

“He was an idealist from that post-war generation which hoped to build a better future. He was a modest man who would hate to be singled out for praise. I owe him a lot.”

*Criticism about town-centre loos

A concerned resident has hit out at the state of the public toilets at Amble harbour. The resident contacted the town council saying that the loos had been vandalised and were not fit for purpose. Town-council clerk Elaine Brown said that she would forward the complaint onto Northumberland County Council.

*Parking signs to be ordered

Coun Jeff Watson has arranged for no overnight parking signs to be put on The Braid. He added: “There are more vehicles going in there.”

On a separate note, he told members that toilets at Warkworth beach car park which were vandalised should be reopened in time for the upcoming bank holiday.

*Speed monitoring to take place

The county council has agreed to carry out speed checks along Lindisfarne Road. Last year, Coun Peter Robinson conducted a survey among residents in the area to gauge their feelings about traffic-calming measures on the stretch. Speeding motorists along the road have been a long-standing issue.