North Sunderland Parish Council

High-tech and missing bins

A county council pilot project has seen a new high-tech bin installed in the centre of Seahouses.

Chairman Coun Geoff O’Connell explained to members that the bin, outside Pinnacles, has a solar panel on top and has lights on the side to indicate when it is full.

“It’s a good bin,” he said.

“I would say it’s bigger than what’s there.

“The birds can’t get into it either.”

The council also received a letter from a resident who was concerned that the bin had been removed from near to the lifeboat station.

But Coun David Shiel, also of the harbour commissioners, said that it hadn’t been there for a while.

“We have had no problems with litter since we did away with the bins,” he said.

He explained that the harbour is cleared of rubbish every morning and that they have their own skip, saying far more had to be picked up when the bins were there.

Funding boost for paths and roads

County Coun Pat Scott told members that £20,000 had been allocated for signage and road markings between the village and the A1, with a suggestion of ‘Gateway to the Farnes’ signs.

Another £150,000 is earmarked for phase two of the footpath between Seahouses and Bamburgh.

Raiders target Co-op store

PC Bill Garriock updated members on crimes in the parish since the last meeting. Two caravans had been broken into, while a skimming device had been found on the cash machine. Thieves also raided the Co-op by throwing a manhole cover through the window, stealing £4,700-worth of cigarettes.

No objections to applications

Members had no concerns over plans for an extension at a property in Castle Court, a sign on the wall at the harbour and an extension to a Main Street home. They also had no objections to a scheme to install a straw bale boiler at Springhill Farmhouse to heat the holiday lets, which was described as ‘a good idea’.

Supporting the lights team

The parish council made a £300 donation to the Seahouses Festive Lights Committee alongside £120 paid for the Christmas tree, of which Coun Donaldson was very complimentary. Members also agreed to make a donation of £15 to Community Action Northumberland (CAN), the same as was given last year.