Alnwick Town Council

ACTION NEEDED ON FOULING

Councillors want to find out more about how the county council deals with dog fouling and prosecutions following another complaint about it.

Coun Gordon Castle raisedthe issue after a member of the public complained about dog dirt in the area between Alnwick South First School and Lindisfarne Middle School, adding that the area was well-equipped with bins.

He suggested that the dog warden should be invited to a future meeting to answer questions about how she follows up concerns raised by residents.

But Coun David Farrar was anxious to find out more about how the county council deals with complaints, why there aren’t more prosecutions and whether evidence collected by the public, such as mobile-phone photos of offenders, is sufficient.

It was agreed that the county council officer responsible should be invited to a meeting along with the warden, so that councillors can clear up all of the issues they have.

FUNDING FOR ROOF MAINTENANCE

The Bailiffgate Museum has called on the council to assist with the costs of essential repairs to the roof. Members agreed in principle to the donation, but wanted more information on how much money was needed, after claiming back some as a listed building, other sources of funding and the building’s ownership.

THE LIMES BY ANY OTHER NAME

Following last month’s discussion on the names for the new houses at Willoughby’s Bank, clerk Bill Batey told the meeting that the county council has requested a list of options from the developers, which will then be shared with the town council before any decision is made on the name, currently The Limes.

COUNCIL ASKED TO TAKE ON ARMILLARY

To commemorate Sir George Biddell Airy, born in Alnwick in 1801, who went on to become the seventh Astronomer Royal, a project is in progress to place an armillary in Green Batt Gardens.

The council has provisionally agreed to take on the monument, subject to checking the impact on the insurance premiums.

MODERN MAYOR LAUNCHES BLOG

New Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale has set up a blog to keep residents up to date with what he and the council are up to.

The blog is alnwickmayor.wordpress.com

At the meeting,former Mayor Alan Symmonds congratulated ‘the new Mayor for going down this new route’, which ‘shows a lot of promise’.