North Sunderland Parish Council round-up

Seahouses centre
Seahouses centre

The parish council has not written off the idea of flashing speed signs at the entrances to the village, but a number of members are concerned about the cost.

Coun Malcolm Cresswell was keen on installing the signs at the start of the 30mph zone at either end of Seahouses, particularly in light of what he viewed as the council’s healthy financial situation.

Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart explained that the money was there in anticipation of the county council handing more services to the parish such as play areas.

Nonetheless, members are to contact other places with the technology, notably Chathill, part of Ellingham parish, to see whether they have had an impact. Coun Stewart reported that its pair of signs cost £9,000.

A member of the public at the meeting said: “I think speed signs are essential for the village. I don’t think we want to wait for a fatality. I’m sure they have made a difference in Chathill. We do need something to slow the traffic down.”

• Members voted to keep the name of the parish council as North Sunderland after Coun David Donaldson suggested changing it to North Sunderland with Seahouses Parish Council, due to people outside the area not knowing where North Sunderland is. The parish church, St Paul’s, is in North Sunderland, hence the parish name.

• A number of changes are taking place to the bus services run by Arriva, with two having an impact on passengers from Seahouses. The X20 is now going to stop in Alnwick, meaning residents can change there to get to Wansbeck Hospital, while the X18 will not stop at Alnmouth Station, but will stop in Hipsburn.

• A resident of Broad Sands contacted the parish council to highlight the dangerous state of the path and fence next to the estate. She also made a request for a donation to the Seahouses 1st Girls Brigade, which needs new uniforms for its 20 members at £30 each. The parish council agreed to give the group £200.

• Coun Alan Trotter raised concerns about a sign outside the St Aidan’s Hotel on the footpath obstructing the access. He also queried the construction of a sand and gravel path from the emergency exit at the back of the Italian restaurant across to the car park in the centre of the village.