Changes to the church and more


Councillors welcomed new plans for two houses in the centre of Seahouses which have been amended to take in concerns over parking.

In May, members raised no objections to a scheme to build two new homes on land behind the Links Hotel off King Street, but did comment that that one parking space per five-bedroom property was insufficient and that three was more appropriate.

Seahouses Methodist Church.

Seahouses Methodist Church.

Now the plans have been resubmitted with a reduction to the height of the houses, which will reduce the chance of overlooking neighbouring properties, and a proposal for a garage and two parking spaces per property.

Coun Tom Orrin said: “It’s all gone the right way.”

It comes as Coun Orrin raised the issue of parking on the pavement in King Street once again, claiming it was particularly bad in recent weeks.

At the August meeting of the parish council. Coun Orrin had raised similar concerns, to which PC Geoff Craddock had said he would rather vehicles parked on the footpath – which is very wide – than obstruct the road and flow of traffic, but that he would look out for cars parking near junctions and obstructing the view for drivers.

Coun Orrin said that he didn’t feel PC Craddock’s comments had been particularly helpful and chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart added that he understood a complaint had been made to the Chief Constable.

However, Coun David Donaldson pointed out that Seahouses relied heavily on tourism and the price for the number of tourists and the boost to the local economy was that parking would occasionally be a problem – particularly in the week of the August bank holiday.

He did concede that cars obstructing the views at junctions were a danger and should be dealt with though.

Parking will be on the agenda for councillors again next week as they host a meeting to discuss the new Labour county council administration’s proposals for free parking.

County representatives will be present as the parish council tries to thrash out a traffic management plan for the village, which, under the Labour group’s offer,could consist of free parking.