PLANS for more than 40 new council houses behind Lochbridge Road, designed to deliver more affordable housing to North Berwick, have been put to the town’s community leaders.
Three members of East Lothian Council’s planning team attended a meeting of North Berwick Community Council last Tuesday to discuss proposals for 44 houses at a site east of Haddington Road and south of Lochbridge Road, close to Berwick Law.
Despite no serious objections being raised, community councillors did
express concern as to possible TV reception problems, the proximity of a nearby marsh, and potential parking space difficulties.
NORTH Berwick could, after all, be lit up in Christmas splendour after the town’s community council enlisted the help of safety experts to inspect hooks and buildings used to put up Christmas lights in the town.
Plans for the lights had been thrown into disarray by new legislation from East Lothian Council which required all hooks used to hold the lights – and the buildings that they were attached to – to be thoroughly tested and signed off by a qualified structural engineer.
However, community councillors Ian Watson and Bill MacNair refused to give up and managed to enlist the services of David Grubb – of Edinburgh-based Scorpio Safety Systems – to carry out the tests, together with a structural engineer from Selkirk. This process began last Thursday.
Community councillor Jake Scott expressed his gratitude to Mr Grubb at a meeting of the community council last Tuesday, saying: “He has been extremely helpful and supportive. He’s already had a look on High Street and he doesn’t foresee any problems.
“If the tests fail there will be no lights but if they are successful we can immediately send the results and an application to East Lothian Council.
“Hopefully they can be persuaded to get a move on and speed up their rather lengthy six-week approval process so they can be erected later on this month.”
Mr Scott added he would talk to the North Berwick and District Business Association to make sure it was still willing to provide the money it raised for the lights through a charity golf day in the summer.
He also stressed that, to keep costs down, the lights would only cover two blocks this year, from the bottom of Law Road to the end of Church Road, with decorations on the lampposts at Westgate and the Christmas tree outside the Abbey Church. This way costs could be further reduced by using bulbs from the unused excess lights to replace any faulty ones.
However, Mr Scott did add: “Next year will be very different and we’re going to
require a major fundraising effort, starting at the beginning of the year.”
Chair Pat Burton thanked Cllrs Scott, Watson and MacNair for their efforts in rescuing the situation.
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A NEW development of council houses is to be built near North Berwick Law.
The plans for a mixture of 44 properties on an arable field behind Lochbridge Road were outlined to local community councillors on Tuesday evening.
Wendy Maguire, senior development officer in housing strategy with East Lothian Council, said: “The delivery of affordable housing is one of the council’s core priorities. North Berwick itself is one of the areas showing the highest level of need for affordable housing. At the moment we have over 4,500 people on our waiting list.”
Architect Steve Marshall said there would be one and two bedroom flats of a cottage style and two storeys in height, two storey family houses and four properties for disabled people.
For full story see East Lothian News, November 5, 2010.
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CCTV introduced to North Berwick
North Berwick Community Council was keen to see the council's network expand into the town to alleviate concerns about late night antisocial behaviour and dedicated £50,000 towards achieving this aim. The council included the cameras as part of its £400,000 programme of works to expand the network across the county. This meant that the town has benefited from three additional cameras, as opposed to the single unit that the community council's investment would have covered. It also means that monitoring and maintenance will be carried out by the council.
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