25 years ago this week: Friday, April 4, 1986

TWO schemes are now before local planners to establish new supermarkets in Alnwick.

As well as the Fenkle Street project, proposed by Argyll Stores, another developer is seeking permission to build a supermarket on a site off Bondgate Without.

The identity of the latest contender has not yet been revealed but town councillors gave the project the “thumbs down” when the plans came before them. The new site, behind Blackshaw’s Garage, is unsuitable for a number of reasons, in the opinion of the local planning committee.

While in favour of the Fenkle Street project, they are not convinced that the town could support two new supermarkets.

They are also concerned about access to the site which could result in serious traffic congestion and the detrimental visual effect a large building would have in this area if allowed to proceed on this elevated site. Coun Ken Grey suggested that the old brewery building in Alnwick would be a more appropriate site for such a store.

However not all the councillors were against the project. Coun John Seaton said: “It would clear up some dereliction and although it might create traffic problems I would still like it to go ahead.”