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East Chevington Parish Council: Call for pelican crossing

The crossing point on the A1068. Hadston is to the right, while Druridge Bay Country Park is to the left.
The crossing point on the A1068. Hadston is to the right, while Druridge Bay Country Park is to the left.

A call has been made for a pelican crossing to be installed along a busy stretch of road to make it safer for children to cross.

At East Chevington Parish Council’s July meeting, Coun Rev Sue Reilly suggested that traffic lights be placed at a well-used crossing point on the A1068. The spot, pictured above, has Hadston on one side of the road and Druridge Bay Country Park on the other.

Coun Reilly said: “There is a crossing there, but parents still aren’t happy with their children crossing it. A pelican crossing would be fine and would be a sensible option.”

The parish council will write to Northumberland County Council about the issue.

Coun John Leach claimed that the speed camera, which is located close by, doesn’t work. He said: “The A1068 is getting worse and it is about time the speed camera by Hadston is put back into action, because it doesn’t work.”

Coun Fred Thurgood said that a sign which tells drivers who has priority at a chicane in Hadston has been stolen and he wants it replaced.

• The parish council has raised no objections to a housing plan at Red Row, which has been submitted to Northumberland County Council for approval. The scheme is for four detached properties at Whitefield Farm. Each house would be four bedroomed and each dwelling would have a double garage and an off-street parking area for residents and visitors.

• Concerns have been raised about fly-tipping at the back of Woodside Crescent, in Hadston. Coun Penelope Fidkin said: “People are dumping all sorts of things there, including concrete posts.” Council clerk John Douglas will write to Isos Housing about the issue.

• The parish council has given £250 each to Druridge Bay Boxing Club, the Druridge Bay 10k committee, Red Row Kick Start Club and North End Trap and Red Row Welfare football clubs, and £100 to Tiny Woods Academy.

• The village panto, on December 18, has been changed to Beauty and the Beast.

• Railings at the war memorial are to be repaired.

• Coun John Leach said tables and seats in Red Row Welfare needed cleaning.