Problem spot tackled after concerns

Action has been taken to tackle issues at a problem spot in Hadston which had become a haunt for youths and fly-tipping.

Residents had raised concerns about rubbish being dumped and youngsters loitering at a hedgeway leading to the Community Park.

Coun Scott Dickinson, who is ward member for the Druridge Bay ward, which includes Hadston, said that the area has now been cleared and cut back and he hoped it would make a difference.

He added that litter-picking is taking place at the park to assist and try to keep on top of issues.

Coun Dickinson, who is a former chairman of East Chevington Parish Council, said that action is also being taken to tidy up Red Row Welfare.

In an email to local councillors and PC Paul Dent, Coun Dickinson said: “The Welfare is receiving improvement works and replacements to the cladding of the buildings and such like.

“Some drainage issues have been tackled with spiking of the pitches and such like.”

He added that the county council’s neighbourhood services team is working hard to keep Hadston precinct tidy.

In relation to winter services, he said: “Some new grit bins have been placed and some areas where grit bins have had old grit I’ve had them cleared out and replenished with new grit, making it easier for residents to spread. Hadston Road and the junctions leading to the A1068 are prioritised by the council for main gritting.”

He added: “Areas are having edges cut into them for the first time for 15-plus years. We should see much improvements for summer.”