Councillors discussed issues at HMP Northumberland, after the jail has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, following concerns about staffing levels and security.
Coun Scott Dickinson said: “It is serious stuff, especially for people who live right next to it.” Coun Ann Elliott said that the prison’s director is keen to build links with the community.
• Coun Scott Dickinson has made an appeal to trace a member of the community who has been voluntarily litter-picking for many years. Coun Dickinson said that the person has collected rubbish on Druridge Avenue and put it in Hadston House’s bin regularly for a long time. He wants to find out who it is, because Coun Dickinson wants to nominate him for a Love Northumberland Award. If you know who the man is, email Scott.Dickinson@northumberland.gov.uk
• Chairman Paul Claridge says that money needs to be spent on the mutli-use games area at Red Row Welfare. He said: “It is looking a bit shabby. We have got money which has to be spent on the Welfare. We should use some of that to bring it up to standard.”
• The war commission wants to put up signs directing people to the graves of the 10 Australian and New Zealand airmen who are buried at Chevington Cemetery.
• Councillors will discuss how to fence off the pond at Hadston Community Park, while a path is to be installed to the Chevington Drift memorial to make it more accessible.