Amble Town Council round-up: School, youth project, parking and speeding

James Calvert Spence College building in Acklington Road, Amble.
James Calvert Spence College building in Acklington Road, Amble.

Talks have taken place between the county council and James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) about the school’s future direction.

Earlier this year, the new ruling Conservative group said that multi-million-pound proposals to transform JCSC would be considered as part of a wider review of school/ college developments in the county – sparking anger from Labour, who accused the Tories of shelving previously-agreed plans.

At last Thursday’s meeting, Coun Jeff Watson said he and the authority’s director of education recently met JCSC, adding: “We talked about the plans and the direction of the school’s development and that the review of schools in the north will be starting soon.”

But Amble Mayor Jane Dargue said: “My concern is we’re just waiting and waiting.”

• Amble Youth Project has a ‘good, bright future ahead’, said Coun Tracey Hinton.

She told the meeting that a new youth group, for eight to 12 year-olds will be starting on Friday nights, while the Senior group will be re-starting.

Coun Hinton said that the project wants to work with organisations in the town and ‘try to offer children a wider range of activities’.

The project is also aiming to create a café.

Meanwhile, Coun Jeff Watson said that he has given the project £3,000 from his members’ small schemes allowance.

A community evening is taking place at Zecca, in Amble, on November 16, from 7.30pm, to raise further funds for the project. Tickets are £17.50 for a three-course meal. Contact the Youth Project.

• A range of adult-learning classes are being delivered in Amble and this can be extended, subject to demand.

The intensive two-week courses, including safeguarding, health and safety and working with children, are held at the former rent office on Bridge Street and start at different times during the year.

Subject to a minimum of eight students signing on, extra cohorts of classes can be put on in Amble. Financial help towards travel costs is available for learners on low income or work-related benefits.

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• Residents have concerns about speeding motorists along Acklington Road, Coun Jeff Watson said. He told members that he believes that the only way to stop it is by having a camera along the stretch. Mayor Jane Dargue said that it is worth looking at ways to alleviate the problem.

• Town councillors visited Edwin Street and Amble Links first schools to work with students, as part of Local Democracy Week. Mayor Coun Jane Dargue said it was lovely and the pupils had some good ideas. Members want to do the same at James Calvert Spence College.

• More pedestrian crossings are needed in Amble, the meeting heard. County councillor Terry Clark said residents had asked for one along Newburgh Street, while Coun Ian Hinson said he wanted to see additional crossing points, at areas where there are dropped kerbs.

• Coun Jeff Watson said that there have been reports of camper vans and a burger van going down to the beach by the North Pier and he is looking at a way to stop this. He also said that the toilets close to the beach were damaged by vandals, with the door to the ladies kicked in.

• Mayor Jane Dargue thanked long-serving clerk Elaine Brown, who is standing down from the role, for all her help. Presenting her with a bouquet of flowers, Coun Dargue said: “You were here when I joined the council and you have kept me right ever since.”