North Sunderland Parish Council round-up

Seahouses centre
Seahouses centre

The saga over parking on Crown Street in Seahouses continues to rumble on.

At the August meeting, resident Max Squires flagged up to members an ongoing issue, relating to the road at the rear of the Co-op, which also abuts properties on Crown Street and the Old Bakery cottages.

On Monday night, the meeting heard that Susan Parker, who owns three of the Old Bakery holiday lets, had written to share her views of the issue and to complain that she was not made aware that it would be discussed in August.

Mr Squires, who was again at the meeting, explained that the managing agents of the flats in which he lives had spent two hours making proposals about how the situation could be resolved, but all were rejected by Mrs Parker.

“I don’t know what else to say,” he said. “We have tried everything.”

Apparently, the land has been unregistered since 1902 so the ownership of it is unclear.

“We will try again (to sort it out), we will do our best,” added Mr Squires.

• Coun David Shiel pointed out that there were still issues with cars leaving the car park in the centre of the village and not giving way at the roundabout. Chairman Coun Geoffrey Stewart said that new signage had been discussed with the county council, but Coun Shiel said it would be better to paint ‘Halt’ on the road surface.

• A number of issues were raised during a meeting between the chairman and Bob Hodgson, the county council’s area manager for neighbourhood services. These included the potholes in St Aidan’s, repairs to the road edges at the northern entrance of Seahouses and a No Through Road sign for Chapel Row.

• The parish council is to write and express its thanks to Keith Morgan, a local resident who is retiring from Northumberland County Council after 50 years, firstly working for the highways department and latterly keeping the streets of Seahouses clean. Members also expressed concerns about the future of the service.

• Members agreed to assign £1,200 of the 2016/17 budget to donations for outside organisations following a look at outgoings in previous years. The idea is to ensure that there is enough as a contingency, but not all of it has to be spent. The main expenditure each year is to the Festive Lights Team, who get more than £500.