North Sunderland Parish Council

Calm during holiday week

Police were delighted to report that there had been no crimes in the village since the last meeting, even with a bank holiday weekend and school half-term week.

PC Bill Garriock told members that there was one report of anti-social behaviour with youngsters playing football in Castle Drive.

“It’s been a very relaxed time,” he said, although he did warn that professional thieves had been targeting rural areas nearby.

Coun Tom Orrin raised concerns, made obvious during the holiday period, about people sitting in the war memorial to eat fish and chips.

PC Garriock admitted that this type of disrespect was a pet hate of his and that he moved people on when they were inside the chained-off area. Outside this is a public area.

He also mentioned a busker who annoyed traders during the weekend, who has been there before. PC Garriock confirmed that there were no street licences in Seahouses.

No major concern over flooding

The county council is looking at setting up community agreements, which will allow all agencies to know their responsibilities during times of flood, in areas at risk. Members agreed that it was not a major problem for Seahouses, only affecting some of the roads in and out of the village during 2012.

More boosts to bus services

Coun Tom Orrin told the meeting that as well as the new timetable, which offers Seahouses a near hourly service, Arriva will be setting up a new X16 service between July 6 and September 28 from Newcastle up to north Northumberland, including Seahouses.

“It will bring extra people into the village,” he said.

No objections to new building

Members had no issues with plans to construct a new agricultural building at Slate Hall Riding Centre on South Lane.

The building will be lower than others on the site and is behind the house.

The only reason the owners had to apply for planning permission was because the proposal strays into a field.

Applications in for clerk’s role

The council has received two applications, with another in the pipeline, to take over as parish clerk from Shelia Caskey, who is standing down after 25 years in the post. The closing date has not yet been reached.

Members will meet for a special meeting to decide on the candidates ahead of their July meeting.