Amble Town Council: Peace sculpture, broadband and speeding

A view of Amble.
A view of Amble.

Residents are being asked to chose which poignant phrases they would like to see entwined on Amble’s eye-catching peace sculpture.

The monument, designed by renowned Red Row blacksmith Stephen Lunn, will symbolise peace and commemorate all those who have served in worldwide conflicts.

The plan is to install the sculpture within the town’s Memorial Gardens.

The bespoke design incorporates poppies of remembrance and doves of peace, with ribbons of wording on both sides of the arch to reflect service and peace.

Now, Amble Town Council wants residents to have their say on the wording which will be entwined within the sculpture.

The public is being asked to vote for their preferred options – as short-listed by the town council – picking their favourite phrase for service and their best one for peace.

The phrases to honour service are either: The freedom we all know and enjoy is thanks to those who served; or Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

The phrases put forward to represent peace are: Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding; or When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.

The poll is open until Sunday, July 22.

The vote will be up and running on the town council’s Facebook page, while voting slips will also be distributed in The Ambler.

Once completed, these slips can be returned to the Post Office on either Queen Street or Percy Street, or to the Amble Town Council office, at Fourways 2, on Dilston Terrace, before the deadline.

○ County Coun Terry Clark said that he has pursued the issue of lack of broadband provision at the Persimmon Homes’ development in Amble, following a complaint from a resident.

But he told members that the senior planning officer had said that he couldn’t see any condition in the approval of either 2010 or 2014 which requires provision of broadband to the new dwellings, so there has been no breach.

○ Coun Clark said that there are speeding issues at Radcliffe and hopefully a speed survey will be carried out, while cars have been scratched by overgrown hedges in the High Hauxley area along the A1068.

○ County councillor Jeff Watson said that a request to upgrade Guilden Road, which links Warkworth with Amble, has been turned down by the county council.

Coun Jane Dargue said: “But that road is so busy. It is already a rat run.”

○ Resident Micky Walters said the stone bus shelter near to James Calvert Spence College’s South Avenue site smelt of urine.

Coun Helen Lewis said the town council regularly asks the county council to clean it out. The council will raise the issue once again.

○ People are being encouraged to use both bottles banks at the bottom of The Wynd, after the first one was full recently and bags were just left beside it.

○ The Amble Town Council Awards will take place this year on Tuesday, July 10, at 6pm. For details of criteria and how to nominate, visit