Criticism of ‘dirty and greasy’ streets

Queen Street, Amble
Queen Street, Amble

A disgusted resident has expressed her dismay at the state of Amble’s streets, which she has described as being dirty, greasy and covered in vomit.

In a letter to the town council, Mrs Law criticised the ‘dismal’ appearance of the pavements and asked for more to be done to keep the area tidy.

At Thursday night’s meeting, Clerk Elaine Brown read out the correspondence to members of the council.

It stated: ‘ I am very disappointed that nothing is being done about deep cleaning. I was walking to Tesco on Sunday, August 14, and was dismayed by the lack of street cleaning.

‘We are trying to encourage tourism. I lived in France for many years and over there, premises deep clean the pavements outside.

‘All premises should wash their pavements if Amble doesn’t have funds to do this.’

Miss Brown said that the county council’s mechanical street cleaner for the Amble area had been out of action for a little while. Councillors agreed there was an issue and it was important that traders do make efforts to tidy the area outside their premises.

Coun Robert Arckless said: “The business club tries to do some good work. There are some businesses who take a real pride and make an effort on their bit of the street. I wish everybody took the same attitude.”

Coun Helen Lewis said the town council should ask the county when the mechanical street cleaner will be operational and urged them to do some street sweeping. She added that Mrs Law’s complaints related to a Sunday, when no major cleaning had taken place and had followed a Saturday night.

Coun Arckless also raised concerns about the current situation with the county council’s neighbourhood services team locally and delays in carrying out necessary cleaning in the town.

He told members that he is pursuing the issue and said: “I have worked my way through the hierarchy expressing my views about the problems with highways services. I have made it clear that as far as I am concerned the standards in the town are nowhere near acceptable.

“For example, there is broken glass which has been left for a long time – it’s not on.

“The officers I have spoken to accept the situation is not good. I will keep pressing this. I accept the pressures on the revenue budget won’t get easier but there needs to be a basic standard.”