North Sunderland Parish Council

Neptune sticket ‘a bit OTT’

Councillors have raised concerns over a large advertising sticker above Neptune Restaurant on Seafield Road.

Michael Taylor is applying for retrospective planning permission to display the sticker, which is approximately a metre tall and seven metres wide, over four windows.

The advertisement is a quote from the Times newspaper, which states: “Neptune Fish & Chips, Seahouses, is probably one of the UK’s best fish & chip shops.”

In the application Mr Taylor states: “This is a non temporary window sticker which serves to promote the business and a local success story which has received national acclaim.

“It can only have a beneficial effect of the local area.”

But North Sunderland Parish Council was concerned about the sign, which they felt may distract drivers on the roundabout.

They also thought the advertisement was ‘a bit over the top’ and did little to help the aesthetics of the village.

‘Dangerous’ post must be removed

Chairman Geoffrey Stewart highlighted risks posed by a cut-off post outside Johnny’s Amusements. When the pavement is busy the stump can not be seen, and people have tripped over it. “We have asked for it to be removed and it’s not been done,” he said. “We should write again because it’s in a dangerous position.”

Coun Brabban steps down

Phil Brabban has stepped down from the parish council due to family and professional commitments. In a letter to the parish he wished them well, and said he hoped he may rejoin in the future, should his circumstances change and a position become available. Members thanked Mr Brabban for all his efforts.

No crime or antisocial behaviour

There have been no instances of crime or anti social behaviour reported to police in Seahouses in the last month, PC Alan Morton told the council. “Whether that’s down to the patrolling or the weather, who knows, but we’d like to put it down to the patrolling, because we’ve been out on foot and in cars,” he added.

Pub watch in force in village

Five pubs in Seahouses and two in Beadnell have signed up to the successful and informative pub watch scheme, which is run by the publicans in the area. Only one pub in the village not signed up to the scheme. PC Morton said: “This is a good scheme supported by the police which tends to stop fights.”