Alnwick Town Council

Town’s friends in Canada

Members agreed to forge a relationship with another Alnwick across the Atlantic.

The town council was contacted by Coun Jim Fell, from Alnwick/Haldimand, a rural municipality in Northumberland County, Canada.

It is located between Lake Ontario in the south and Rice Lake in the north and shares more than just a name and county with our Alnwick.

As Coun Fell wrote in his email: “We are a farm-based economy with a large tourist industry centered around the many fishing/hunting and holiday camps on Rice Lake.

“We have similar populations although our township covers a considerable area.”

Coun Fell had suggested and members of the town agreed that no full twinning was needed, more a ‘cultural’ relationship.

Coun Gordon Castle said it would be foolish to dismiss it.

Coun Alan Symmonds agreed and suggested photos of events could be shared by email.

HOPE FOR PROGRESS ON ROAD SAFETY

Coun Ken Moore provided members with an update from the latest meeting of the Local Multi-Agency Problem Solving group meeting. He said progress is being made on a number of issues of road safety in the town, although nothing concrete yet. He hopes to have further news at next month’s meeting.

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR ARTS CENTRE

Playhouse manager Jo Potts spoke to members about the developments at the venue since she took over two years ago, including the digital projector, the refurbishment and installation of the café and the online booking system. Looking to the future, she wants to ensure young people are at the heart of the venue.

A SUCCESSOR TO THE DEFUNCT TRUST

Mayor Bill Grisdale proposed holding a visioning and priorities day to discuss issues for the future with county council officers, in particular, exploring the options for some kind of successor to the defunct development trust. Coun Alan Symmonds said it was about having a partner body that has access to funding.

RESPONDING TO CORRESPONDENCE

Councillors still want to clear up a few issues with regards to replying to correspondence from the public. The clerk contacted NALC in the light of emails that were sent to all members. Councillors are able to respond to personal emails to voice opinions, but if a council response is needed, it should go to the clerk.