Litter continues to be a key bone of contention

Seahouses
Seahouses

Councillors in Seahouses are to air their dissatisfaction about litter in the village once more, in light of ‘rubbish now piling up everywhere’.

At Monday night’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, members were clear that the work done in the village by the street-cleaner is exemplary, but she has to work in other places due to reductions in staff and the real issue is how often the bins are emptied – which is not part of her job officially.

Coun Tom Orrin raised the issue, saying: “Rubbish is now piling up everywhere. If you are down in the village at seven, eight or nine o’clock in the morning, the rubbish is noticeable everywhere.

“It doesn’t matter how much the public put things in the bins, it’s all piling up.

“I have had numerous complaints that it’s giving the village a very, very bad name.”

Chairman, Coun Geoffrey Stewart, did point out that some county-council staff had been off sick so Mandy had been in Seahouses even less than usual and that she’s not meant to spend all of her time in the village anyway.

However, Coun David Donaldson said: “The top and bottom of it is we need another bin collection in the late afternoon or early evening.”

Should parish take initiative?

Members were in agreement that the current situation is not acceptable, but they were also clear that it is the county council’s responsibility and they should deal with it. Coun Tom Orrin said: “We pay our council tax like everyone else.”

However, county councillor for the area, John Woodman, said that the parish council should complain, but should also be aware that, county council services are going to continue to diminish and at some point, the parish may need to decide to raise its precept and fund its own priorities.