Amble Town Council round-up

A litter pick for the Amble Puffin Festival.
A litter pick for the Amble Puffin Festival.

Discussions have taken place over a trial park-and-ride scheme in Amble, which could start next month.

After this month’s town council meeting, a Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “The county council has been working with Amble Town Council to introduce park and ride which would run on trial for a 10-week period, starting in early July.

“The town council has suggested that it should travel from Coquet Enterprise Park along Percy Drive, Links Avenue, Marine Road to Church Street, to the Braid car park, then return in reverse back to the Enterprise Park. It is intended, for the trial period, that the service would be free of charge to passengers.”

After the meeting, town council clerk Elaine Brown said the scheme would be county council-funded and the authority had been positive about it.

She said that the town council would welcome the scheme, but would like to see a longer-term solution to tackle parking issues in the town.

• Councillors want the community tidy-up initiative to continue. This year it ran Monday to Friday, starting on May 19. Residents were able to collect equipment from the council office and tidy an area of their choice. There was also a town-centre clean on May 21. Mayor Coun Craig Weir said it worked quite well.

• Payment has been authoritsed for a new bus shelter on the residential side of Acklington Road. County councillors Robert Arckless and Jeff Watson have agreed to pay for the scheme. While there is no exact timescale for the work, it is believed that the shelter will be erected over the school summer holidays.

• Youth-service money isn’t coming into Amble, Coun Kate Morrison has claimed. She told members that funding continues to be an issue for Amble Youth Project and takes up a lot of time. She added that staffing was also still an issue as there was a shortage of staff.

• Coun Robert Arckless is supporting town-council representations about maintenance concerns at the Lord Mayor’s Field after a number of complaints from residents about the issue, which relates mainly to a lack of grass-cutting. The land is owned by the county council’s Arch Group and leased by Park Leisure.