CRIME-FREE CHRISTMAS TIME
Seahouses has been a haven of tranquility throughout the month of December with no crimes reported to the police.
Neighbourhood Beat Manager Sgt Andy Pullen told the meeting: “Since December 1, there has been no crime reported in the village whatsoever, which is good for me and good for the community.”
There had, however, been five reports of anti-social behaviour.
On December 12, the police were called out to the Links Hotel to deal with a disorderly guest, who it was believed was trying to drive while under the influence. In the early hours of Christmas Eve, there was a complaint about a noisy party in Stone Close.
At a similar time on December 30, there were concerns in Castle Close about the manner in which a motorist was driving through the estate as well as the volume of talking in the street. The same afternoon, there was a report of occupants of a car messing around with Silly String.
There was a further noise complaint in the early hour of New Year’s Day in King Street.
CEMETERY GATES AND FIRST-AID BOX
Coun Tom Orrin asked about the progress on the gates at the old cemetery, which are not back yet. Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart said they still need to be sand-blasted and resprayed. Coun Stewart has replaced the first-aid box in the new cemetery and removed a branch which had fallen across two graves, but not caused damage.
CONSULTATION ON SCHOOL PROPOSALS
Both of the schools in Seahouses are hosting public meetings next week on the issue of the ongoing consultation into the reorganisation of schools in the area, which could see the closure of Seahouses Middle School. The event at the middle school takes place next Wednesday with the first school’s on Thursday. Both at 7pm.
CALL FOR GRIT BIN ON VILLAGE ESTATE
The parish council had received a letter from a resident of Castle Close on behalf of the residents of the entire Castles area calling for a grit bin in the area. County Coun John Woodman is to look into it, but he warned that the council has a strict list of criteria and any bin may need to be purchased by the parish council.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT PAVEMENT PARKING
Coun Maureen Bramley passed on complaints about cars parking on the pavements in Kippy Law leaving barely any room for people to walk and certainly causing issues for wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters. Coun Tom Orrin agreed, saying: “They should have parking on one side only.”