North Sunderland Parish Council round-up

Councillors were impressed with the turn-out at the public launch of the joint-villages’ neighbourhood plan last month, when a capacity crowd from Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses filled the sports and community centre.

North Sunderland Parish Council chairman Geoffrey Stewart explained that the principle purpose of the evening was to invite views, comments, suggestions and offers of help from residents.

“There was a good turn-out with questions and discussions, and we received many offers of support,” he said.

Maps and photos were supplemented with quiz-sheets for those reactions to be recorded and analysed as the next stage in the process of developing the Plan.

Coun David Donaldson said: “To get 200 people from the three villages was extremely good.”

Coun Tom Orrin added: “It was a lovely leaflet inviting people to the event, I’m not surprised it got a good attendance.”

Roundabout is still in the dark

The central streetlight at the King Street roundabout, which previously stood at an angle after being hit by vehicles, has been replaced, but is not yet lit. Coun Donaldson said: “I noticed the corner is very dark. I suggest we send a letter to County.”

A new light at the Co-op corner is due to be connected on March 6.

Dog-fouling issue due to gates

The council is to write to the water board to highlight a problem with dog fouling. Residents said gates put between Mitchell Avenue and Kingsfield to keep people off the water board’s land had been put in the wrong place. As a result, dog walkers used the area and dog-mess bags were strewn on the ground.

Donation made for festive lights

Councillors agreed to donate £300 for the Seahouses festive lights, and £140 for the Christmas tree. Coun Donaldson said: “It was an excellent tree this past Christmas. I think the festive lights committee do a wonderful job. They all give a lot of their time to erect the lights and take them down.”

Seahouses hosts council meeting

Seahouses Sports and Community Centre is to host Northumberland County Council’s north area committee February meeting on Monday at 6pm.

Among the agenda items are updates on superfast broadband and affordable housing.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.