Amble Town Council report

Council seeking toilet fix

Amble Town Council is to explore the options available for extending the opening times of public toilets during the tourist season.

Last week’s council meeting heard that the toilets used to be open until 8pm from Easter/April until the end of September, but this was stopped as a result of vandalism.

The facilities at the Tourist Information Centre and at the harbour currently close at 5pm.

But with Amble trying to promote itself as a tourism town, including the development of the harbour village, members agreed that it was important for toilet provision to be extended.

Coun Jane Dargue said: “I understand about vandalism but we are going to want to keep this place open well after 5pm. I think we need to take a leap of faith and keep our tourism a priority.”

Coun Jeff Watson said it was an issue which needed addressing. Coun Robert Arckless said that, despite it being a difficult issue, it was worth exploring.

Community town tidy announced

A community tidy-up in Amble will take place for the duration of the week commencing Monday, May 19. Equipment can be collected from the town council office from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, and people can tidy an area of their choice. Or, meet in the Town Square at 6.30pm on May 21 to clean up the town centre.

Progress soaring on puffin festival

Plans for this year’s Amble Puffin Festival are progressing nicely. The event takes place from May 26 to June 1 and will include guided nature walks, bird watching, local history talks, photo displays, arts/crafts, watersports and live music. Visit or follow on Facebook or Twitter.

Concerns raised about tributes

The town council is waiting on a response from the county council about its policy regarding roadside tributes. It follows concerns about football shirts left on trees on the approach to Amble in memory of car-crash victims. Coun Helen Lewis understood it was a sensitive issue but said the mementos were distracting.

Aims to give site new lease of life

The town council is to take on the Simply Horticulture site for a couple of years to see if it can be brought back into a fit state of repair. Coun Helen Lewis said: “It looks neglected, but I am still reluctant to give up on it. People may then come on board, but if nobody is keen, we can say we have tried.”