Anger at lack of attendance over speeding concerns

The Avenue, Swarland.
The Avenue, Swarland.

A council is unhappy about the lack of attendance of county officials at its meeting.

Paul McKenna, from Northumberland County Council, was due to appear at Newton on the Moor and Swarland Parish Council’s monthly meeting in February, to talk about speeding concerns.

But on the day of the meeting, clerk Lisa Hamlin was contacted to say no one was available to come.

Mrs Hamlin is to raise the issue with the county council as councillors are unhappy about the non-attendance.

She had received correspondence from a resident which included photographic evidence of long skid marks on The Avenue, in Swarland, from an agricultural vehicle.

A suggestion was made that The Avenue should be made a 20mph zone.

Chairman Coun Suzanne Stanley stated that a door-knock had been undertaken in Studley Drive and Kenmore Road about implementing a 20mph limit in those streets.

However, the county council has previously stated that 20mph limits could only be implemented in residential streets and The Avenue is not classed as such.

The majority of residents were in favour, although there were concerns about how this would be enforced.

Suggestions were also made that a chicane, flashing speed sign or dummy speed box be installed.