Drainage smells cause a stink

DRAINAGE smells are still causing a stink for Swarland residents.

At the last meeting, a resident in Percy Drive wrote to the council to say that smells from drains were affecting people living along the road.

Clerk Mrs Hamlin said that Northumbrian Water has been out and is going to put a camera down the pipes to see if there was a blockage.

Coun Suzanne Stanley said: “Smells are not just in the street. These really nasty smells are going in to people’s houses.”

She added that Northumbrian Water had removed roots from drains on Kenmore Road recently.

STILL ON THE LINE: Telephone line daxing does take place in Swarland, the parish council has been told.

BT has confirmed to the council that lines in the village are used for more than one telephone number (daxed) but that it should not cause a difference in the quality of the service.

Coun Vera Vaggs said that the only way for people to find out if their line is being used for other numbers is to write to BT as they have to admit if it is.

SURVEY SLAMMED: A housing survey sent out to randomly-selected residents throughout Northumberland has been slammed by a parish councillor.

Coun Vaggs was given the survey by a resident who found questions about income and savings intrusive and unnecessary.

East Chevington Parish Council also raised concerns about the survey at its last meeting.

PRAISE FOR SCHOOL: Swarland First School has been praised by the council.

Coun Stanley, who sits on the governing body as a parish council representative, visited the school to see how it was running.

She said: “We really should be so proud of that school. The way the children work and their concentration, even with the tiny ones, was really good.”

BILL FOR BINS: New grit bins may not cost the council anything, members heard.

Clerk Mrs Hamlin told the meeting that if a grit bin is needed and it meets county council criteria, it will provide a bin free of charge.

Others, however, will cost £200 per bin which includes it being filled and two refills.

Refills will then cost £100 for three.

PUB THANKED: Thanks were given to the Cook and Barker for providing food for the re-dedication of the war memorial for free.

The pub, at Newton on the Moor, originally offered the buffet at half price but gave it for free after the event.

IN BRIEF: Donations of £40 each were given to Alnwick Playhouse and the Great North Air Ambulance.

A code of practice in handling complaints was approved.

Swarland Show has moved to an earlier date to avoid other events. This year’s is on Saturday August 4.

More quotes are to be sought for work at Vyner Park.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 7.30pm in Swarland Village Hall.