Town council news in brief

The outcome of a county council review of toilets, which will see the loos at Broomhill Street close over the winter, but the facilities by the tourist information centre remaining open all year, has been described as ‘the best we could hope for’ by Coun Helen Lewis.

But she said that more businesses need to be made aware of the You’re Welcome scheme, where local firms are offered cash to make their toilet facilities available to the public.

However, the meeting heard that a market trader has agreed with the county council’s neighbourhood services to take responsibility of the toilets at the harbour, which will see them open on Sundays.

○ Coun Jeff Watson has questioned statements in the pre-submission draft of the Northumberland Local Plan, which sets out the county council’s priorities for the future. He has rubbished the notion that Amble has ‘strong functional links with Ashington’. The document also states that the proposed housing requirement for Amble is around 600 between April 2011 and March 2031, equating to 30 per year.

He said: “We have got 400 new homes so we have already surpassed this quota, in yearly terms.”

A drop-in session takes place at the town’s Fourways 2, on Monday, October 26, from 2pm to 7pm.