Beadnell Parish Council

Beadnell Parish Council welcomed PC Alan Morton to its last meeting.

He said that four crimes had been reported to the police, a common assault on Harbour Road, two incidents of criminal damage to vehicles and damage to the barrier, sign and light at Beadnell Links Caravan Park.

Cemetery charges were reviewed and it was agreed to increase these by 25 per cent, with the exception of charges for children which will remain the same.

It was felt that the 30mph speed limit at Swinhoe was being ignored by a large number of people, or they did not realise there was a speed limit.

The signage was not prominent and there needed to be enforcement action taken.

In response to Northumberland County Council’s proposal to offer free car parking unless charging would help to mitigate traffic management problems, a consultation document has been produced proposing to adopt free parking in the two beach car parks.

A report was received from the Beadnell Community Volunteers outlining the progress made on fund-raising and the installation of Christmas lights.

Further lights and power equipment are being bought to improve the display in the Bull Ring and install two other displays in the churchyard at St Ebba’s and in the memorial garden adjacent to the WI Hall.

The chairman thanked the Volunteers for all their fund-raising activities and hard work which had gone into improving the festive feel of the village.

An issue was raised about the popularity of the car boot sales creating hazardous car parking on nearby roads. It was agreed that next year there would be a need to review traffic management.

The AONB had asked if anyone from the parish council and other residents would be interested in a session to cut down sea buckthorn in the dunes this winter, with the possibility of combining the event with a barbecue. Interest was expressed in helping with this task.

Following a query about the legality of cutting down the buckthorn, it was agreed to clarify this with the AONB.