Council holds off on Boulmer car park proposals

Boulmer car park
Boulmer car park

Longhoughton Parish Council , which is looking to restrict vehicles of a certain height from entering a car park, will hold off on plans until later in the year after residents expressed concern with the proposals.

The council faced criticism from residents at its monthly meeting in April after it planned to install a height barrier in the car park at Boulmer.

The car park has been resurfaced but the council was concerned that it would have to fork-out more money in the future if steps weren’t taken to restrict certain vehicles from entering.

In January, Coun Susanne Gair raised concerns about the future resurfacing of the car park if large camper vans were allowed to continue using it, claiming that big motorhomes would ‘churn it up’.

The council discussed the idea of narrowing the parking spaces and creating signage in the area but this would incur extra costs.

Chairman Coun Brian Ellis said that the council will ‘go back to villagers if there were any issues’.

*Quarry plans spark concern

Changes to plans at Longhoughton Quarry, that would see a 50 per cent increase in traffic to the area, have sparked concern from members. The increase would see about nine trucks per-hour leaving the site. The council is to contact the county council and the Highways Agency to see if any speed limits can be imposed, with concerns over road damage.

* Parish council gets a new chairman

Members elected a new chairman and vice chairman at their meeting on Monday, with immediate effect.

The newly-elected chairman is Coun Brian Ellis, who takes over from John Haughie, and the new vice chairman is Coun Eleanor Phillips.

*Speeding needs ‘workable solution’

Speeding was a main concern for members this month. Coun John Haughie said he would approach Lesbury Parish Council for a ‘workable solution’ with a chance of sharing a speed gun.

*Meeting highlights youth group

The annual meeting of Longhoughton Parish Council highlighted the importance of the Airplay Youth Club, which is open to all children aged up to 19. The project is funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund and employs trained youth workers for the club.

*Council co-opts three members

Councillors have been co-opted onto the three vacant seats on the council – two for the Longhoughton ward and one for Boulmer. Lesbury Parish Council also currently has two vacancies for councillors.