County Councillor’s Report June 2018
As you may be aware in my role as County Councillor I represent Warkworth, Acklington and the West Ward of Amble. The majority of the residents of my area frequent Amble so perhaps it is not surprising that I share with you the big local news of the month concerning developments on the Coquet Enterprise Park in Amble
For many months if not years I have been working with Northumberland County Council to develop a supermarket in the town. Some time ago we thought we had a Tesco store coming but then the economic climate changed for Tesco and it did not follow through with its approved plans for a supermarket on the Northern edge of Amble. As I am sure you understand, Councils have no powers to force developers to do things so we virtually had to start again as Tesco was not prepared to sell the site to a competitor.
After much effort, a suitable operator has agreed to invest in a development that will meet the criteria that NCC were looking for and it is great to be able to say that a supermarket development is planned to be up and trading by Summer of next year. There are plans to have supporting retail outlets, and a large car park as well as other businesses developments in the Park. I am confident that this exciting development will bring more business to the Town and will help to fill the need for local employment and better facilities for local residents.
The works on the Stanners have been further delayed and it looks like late July before they will be completed, this will continue to give problems but sadly it is outside of our control. When this work is eventually completed an assessment must be undertaken of the Stanners area and decisions made about how to reinstate the grass leisure/picnic area and the provision of car parking. It is always a difficult decision to balance the need to preserve the area that attracts visitors whilst at the same time allowing parking facilities for them.
I can confirm that it is now an agreed planning condition by developers of new housing in Acklington to erect an interactive speed camera at each end of the village.
The Beach Road Car Park, Warkworth will shortly be regraded by NCC paid for by the Parish Council.
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