North Sunderland Parish Council

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Counting the cost of dying

MEMBERS agreed to raise all of the cemetery charges in the parish following two years with no rises.

Coun David Donaldson proposed some higher increases than those originally suggested, reasoning that the charges hadn’t gone up in previous years and it would still be far cheaper than the county council charges.

“We don’t want council taxpayers subsidising the cemetery,” he added.

A space in the cemetery will now cost £275, up from £250, while a space out of rotation will increase from £350 to £400.

The charge for a casket space is up from £100 to £150 and the cost of interment in a grave will rise to £230 for double-depth and £210 for single-depth. It will now cost £100 for the burial of a child and £110 for cremated remains.

The charge for the erection of a monument is up to £75 and it is now £50 for the erection of a vase or tablet. Inscriptions cost £25.

As before, a 100 per cent surcharge is charged to non-parishioners and 50 per cent for burial on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.

THE parish council expressed strong objections to the installation of traffic calming measures near Seahouses First School.

Money has been allocated in the county council’s Local Transport Plan for the scheme, which was brought to the county’s attention by the parish council and residents of St Aidan’s several years ago.

Members are to meet Northumberland County Council’s Neil Snowdon as part of the consultation, but it was agreed that the council wants no speed restrictions in the village.

Coun David Donaldson said: “We don’t want bumps anywhere. They are a sign of problem estates usually.”

Referring to the congestion outside the school, he said: “You cannot get near because of lazy parents blocking the road. They cause the problems.”

County Coun Pat Scott said: “I personally don’t think that speed bumps or anything like that would be suitable because it’s a bus route.

“Seventy per cent of residents along Main Street would have to agree to and I don’t think you would get that either.”

Coun Scott added that there was an experiment happening in the county with 20mph speed restrictions in front of schools and that the parish council may want to look at that possibility.

POLICE are to step up their efforts to stop cars parking illegally in the village as the tourist season approaches.

Sgt Andy Pullen said: “We are going to move on to the enforcement phase during the summer. It’s something that we will address more forcefully than by education.”

Officers had been providing information to motorists to try and ease the problem but they will now be issuing fixed penalty notices.

Sgt Pullen also updated members on the three recorded crimes in the village since the last meeting.

On Saturday, March 12, a rock was thrown through the window of a van on Main Street, causing £300 worth of damage.

A £600 guitar, belonging to a band playing at the Schooner Inn was stolen on Sunday, March 27, and two adult bikes were taken from North Lane in North Sunderland between 5.30pm on Wednesday, March 30, and 6am on Thursday, March 31.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour in the last month included five youths causing disorder in the kebab shop on Main Street and a report of youths playing football in the car park in Seafield Road on Sunday, March 13.

There was also a beach party with a bonfire involving around 40 14 to 18-year-olds on the north beach on Thursday, March 17.

It involved local youths as well as some from Alnwick and Shilbottle and was reportedly advertised on Facebook.

COUN Tom Orrin informed members that the new bus timetables will be running from Sunday, April 17.

He also explained the new Discover ticket which will cover an area down to Amble in the south and out to Wooler. It will cost £5.50 a day or £18 a week and is valid on all Arriva, Travelsure and Glen Valley buses.

Coun Orrin also said that the Sunday service in Seahouses is to return to normal with four journeys northbound and five southbound.

COUN Bill Weekes raised concerns about the amount of dog mess in the Lonnen. County Coun Scott is to speak to the AONB team about a clean-up.

l CHAIRMAN Coun Geoffrey Stewart and the clerk will attend the Northumberland branch conference of the Society of Local Council Clerks in May.

l THE council was thanked by the Rotary Club for the crocus planting efforts.

l THE council and Belford and Seahouses Community Forum are meeting on Wednesday, May 11, at 6.30pm.

l COUN Donaldson reported that the flowerbeds on the roundabout in the village need to be tidied up.

l COUN Maureen Bramley passed on a resident’s concern over dog dirt and broken glass in Dunstan View and Main Street.

l THE next meeting is at 7pm on Monday, May 9 in the Sheltered Housing Community Centre, Stone Close in Seahouses.