North Sunderland Parish Council, November meeting

DETERIORATING SERVICES: Bus services in Seahouses and North Sunderland are going to suffer ‘three months of deterioration’, according to Coun Tom Orrin.

From January 2, services run by Travelsure are going to remain the same but there will be no Arriva service to Berwick between Monday and Saturday.

And most services going through the village will stop at Bamburgh.

Coun Orrin said: “It’s fact – bus services are going to have three months of deterioration in the winter revised timetables.

“Hopefully we will get it all back at Easter. They gave us the impression it will go back to normal when all the tourists come back.

“Arriva say the buses aren’t being used but I know a lot of people who have been using buses to get down to Alnwick.

“But because they are a commercial service, we are rather stuck with it.”

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart said: “If Travelsure hadn’t covered it, we would really be in the soup.”

But Coun David Donaldson pointed out that taxpayers’ money would be saved as some buses are subsidised.

“I see so many double deckers going past with just two people in the front window at the top,” he said.

“They are really saving our money in the winter. They are having to make economies everywhere now.”

FULL COP-ACITY: Members were pleased to hear that Seahouses Police Station is back to full strength.

Community Beat Sgt Andy Pullen told the meeting that PC Russell Hunter is now responsible for Seahouses and Beadnell while PC Geoff Craddock is covering Belford and the surrounding area.

Coun Donaldson said: “It’s nice to know that the station is up to full capacity.”

Sgt Pullen also updated members on crimes in the parish since the last meeting.

On November 20, a man was given a caution for possession of an airgun.

On the same day, a window was broken at the Harbour Inn, although a man returned later in the day to offer to pay for the damage.

On November 24, a man was cautioned after stealing £43 worth of petrol from AJK Thompson’s garage.

Regarding anti-social behaviour, there was a report of children causing the toilets to flood at Seafield Park.

There were also several incidents in which someone scribbled on the registration plate of the same vehicle. It was in washable ink so no permanent damage done.

CEMETERY REPAIRS: Some of the numerical markers in the cemetery are either coming loose or have fallen off.

The council is to look at replacing them, perhaps using the style of marker that was used before.

Coun Donaldson said: “Would it be better to get the type we had before because we know they work.”

Coun Maureen Bramley also pointed out that some of the graves are sinking slightly and headstones are leaning over.

Members also agreed to allow a family to plant a silver birch beside a grave, on land that cannot be used anyway, as long as it is kept pruned.

BOLLARDS TO THAT: The parish council should push for bollards to be installed now to ensure they are in place for the tourist season, according to one member.

Bollards are due to be installed from Broad Road end to Shoreston Road end.

Coun Donaldson said: “It was to be done last season and it hasn’t been done.

“If we start grumbling about it now we might get it for next season before someone’s killed.”

County Coun Pat Scott is to be contacted as the bollards were to be paid for from her funds.

ROYAL CELEBRATION: Members are going to look at marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year.

Coun Donaldson suggested that the parish council plants some trees along with a plaque.

Chairman Coun Stewart suggested the entrance side to Quarryfield but Coun Donaldson said that they should be on one of the main thoroughfares and put forward the wide verge on King Street.

GREEB LIGHT: The parish council raised no objections to plans for a one-bedroom house on Crown Street.

Members had previously supported the scheme at the site next to the Old Bakery, which was refused.

It has now been resubmitted with a slightly lower roof height to appease the planners.

IN BRIEF: The boiler at the library has been temporarily fixed and the heating is back. The sports and community centre is still on offer if needed to house the books.

Coun Donaldson pointed out that the trees due to be planted in North Sunderland should be done as November is the start of the planting season.

A letter is to be sent to John Williams, of Lord Crewe’s charity, to thank him for all his work and wish him well in his retirement.

Members agreed to make a £60 donation to Berwick Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

PC Todd is to look at the issue of parking behind the amusements and shops on Main Street.

The seat erected on Rotary Way without the knowledge of the landowner has been removed.

The new CEO of the Seahouses Development Trust takes up her post on Monday, January 16.

The next meeting takes place in the Sheltered Housing Community Centre, Stone Close, Seahouses at 7pm on Monday, January 9, 2012.