Only two arrests were reported in the village since the Parish Council’s previous meeting.
On April 7, there was an arrest made for “the possession of a bladed article”.
Five days later on April 12, there was an incident of shoplifting from Belford’s Co-Op. Again, a single arrest was made.
Community Speed Watch scheme
Parish Councillors were reassured that Belford volunteers for the region’s Speed Watch scheme, aimed at calming traffic, would not work in the village. It was decided to ask the scheme’s organiser, Sergeant Andy Puller of Seahouses for posters detailing how to apply and the commitments involved.
Damaged bus shelter
The future of the village’s bus shelter, recently damaged by people using it “as a climbing frame”, was discussed.
Various suggestions were made, including its possible sale to another council, and its being removed to a childrens’ playground. The seat it presently protects is to remain,
Rookery to be investigated
Councillors agreed to look into ways of dealing with a rookery in the Croft Field area.
It is hoped that they can prevent anticipated problems with noise and other disturbances from the nesting birds.
The rookery will be discussed at a future meeting. The Council’s AGM is on May 15.