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

If you wish to contact Jeff and you live in Amble West, Warkworth, Guyzance or Acklington
please phone

Tel:

07802385367



or

Email:
jeffrey.watson@northumberland.gov.uk

 

COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT – JANUARY 2018

Northumbrian Water - Essential works to be carried out in Warkworth

The restoration of the riverbank at the Stanners pumping chamber and the re-routing of some drains are likely to have a major impact and cause considerable disruption to the centre of the village. The Parish Council and I are well aware of the difficulties it may bring to everyone but appreciate the need for this essential work to be undertaken. We are working together to minimise the potential problems and  ensure that as much public access and parking in the area is made available whist this essential maintenance is carried out.

I have asked NW to ensure that particularly, at Easter time, parking areas are made available and signs directing people to alternative parking are erected. Hopefully, by the time residents have read this letter they will have attended the public exhibition of the plan of works held at the Memorial Hall on the 9th January and understand its necessity.

I am disappointed that the village traffic plan has not been presented yet. I am told that it will be ready for February. This plan should address some issues and make proposals for improvements to traffic flow and parking.
The new replacement street lighting for this area is to be completed in the summer. I am still awaiting a final meeting to discuss how we can design a strategy to maintain the conservation area in Warkworth and will keep you informed on this subject. 

The application for a reshuffle of the Warkworth Village Green at the Braid has been withdrawn due to pressure from local residents who wanted to retain the status quo. The withdrawn plan was an effort to accommodate increasing problems of parking in the centre of Amble. I regret a solution could not be found as Queen Street, the heart of Amble, continues to struggle from parking issues and this proposal would have helped enormously.

I hope you will agree that the Christmas lights in Warkworth were better this year. It is hoped that the new street lighting plans will enable an even better display next year with our intention of keeping to a purely white light display policy.

I will be incapacitated for the month of February due to a surgical operation. For that month I would be obliged if you could address queries either to your Parish Clerk:
Elaine Brown at Acklington acklingtonpc@gmail.com
or Karon Hadfield at Warkworth
warkworthparish@gmail.com
or to NCC at County Hall thank you.


JEFF WATSON
Usually available on: Jeffrey.watson@northumberland.gov.uk Mob: 07802385367



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