Longhoughton Parish Council round-up: 20mph zone, benches, potholes and plans

Members of Longhoughton and Boulmer Women's Institute and HMP Northumberland director Tony Wilson, with a bench produced in the prison workshops and gifted to the community.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Members of Longhoughton and Boulmer Women's Institute and HMP Northumberland director Tony Wilson, with a bench produced in the prison workshops and gifted to the community. Picture by Jane Coltman

A proposal for a 20mph zone through the centre of Longhoughton has been mooted.

County Coun Kate Cairns said: “I was thinking of using some of my small schemes’ money to slow down traffic. I was thinking gateway signs, rumble strips, cycle lanes and footpath widening. It will be investigated, then I will come back with a plan.”

Kate Cairns

Kate Cairns

• Longhoughton parish councillors will be deciding on whether to go ahead with developing a neighbourhood plan. The financial implications of creating the document could be a hurdle. The issue will be thrashed out at the next meeting, on Monday, January 16, at Longhoughton’s Westfield Park, starting at 7.30pm.

• Coun Jamie Wanless said he was impressed by the work that prisoners are doing at HMP Northumberland. He told members: “They are doing a lot of things for communities, like making benches for us at Westfield Park.”

• Vandals have sprayed graffiti on a bench in Longhoughton. The damage was caused to the seat at the Spar bus shelter. Coun Wanless said he will try to remove it and added that it might be worth protecting the bench with anti-graffiti paint if there is any further damage. He said similar graffiti occurred at Westfield Park.

• The long-awaited repair of a pothole on the road between Longhoughton and Boulmer has been described as a bad job. Coun Adrian Hinchcliffe gave it a five out of 10 mark, adding: “It’s half-filled, meaning you still get a bump.”

• The Co-op is looking at the financial implications of housing Post Office services in its Longhoughton branch. Coun Wanless said it is ‘making slow progress’. It comes after the Post Office and Spar closed earlier this year.