Jeff Watson, County Councillor for Amble West with Warkworth.
Jeff Watson, The Unitary County Councillor
for Amble West with Warkworth, Acklington and Guyzance

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County Councillor’s Report - September 2018

The new street lighting for the centre of Warkworth has finally been agreed, it is likely to be installed in January next year, some final detailed plans will be completed before the end of September.

I do hope everyone appreciates the fact that modern lighting requirements are different from the old ones even in historic villages like Warkworth.

The Parish Council decided that they wanted to have heritage style lighting on Castle and Bridge Street to match the existing style of columns in the centre of the village. This will incur considerable costs which will have to be funded by the P.C. I have agreed to assist with a £10,000 grant from my N.C.C. members small schemes allocation. I think the finished scheme will enhance the village and also eliminate the dark spots that currently exist.

Residents who use the road from Acklington to the A1 via the Dye House bridge over the Coquet will have noticed that at last the Council removed the dangerous trees on the bend by the war memorial. This work took a long time to get actioned and has been the cause of much frustration to Acklington Parish Council but, we got there in the end!

By the time you read this edition, the parking consultation in Warkworth will have taken place and I sincerely hope that every interested person had time to make an input. The comments and suggestions will be considered and a plan drawn up. Whatever the outcome my experience is that you simply can’t please all of the people all of the time but the Parish Council and N.C.C will try to come up with the best solution available taking into account residents and visitors requirements.

I was delighted to see improved results from James Calvert Spence College recently and also delighted to be informed at a recent Full Council Meeting that plans were approved and underway to improve the buildings and further plans being were being discussed for more improvements to be made soon. The council has started schemes that involve housing developers contributing to local educational needs and healthcare requirements because of their applications when they seek planning approval. I would add that this is not before time!

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