Benefits of new super depot
Northumberland’s chief fire officer Alex Bennett told members that Alnwick would benefit as a community from the scheme for a new fire station for the next 25 to 30 years.
The council was briefed on the proposals for a new super depot, including a new fire station, at Lionheart Enterprise Park.
While the new site, alongside the existing household waste recovery centre, will cost around £5million, a new fire station to replace the outdated South Road facility would cost around £3.5/4million on its own. And members were reassured that this will not affect the fire-service budget.
Bringing in the local services team, responsible for waste, highways and neighbourhood services, as well as the fire service, will allow the county council to get as much value as possible from the facility.
The existing depot site at Willowburn will be closed, while the depot at Powburn will be retained, but the footprint reduced.
ALLOTMENT FEES TO INCREASE NEXT YEAR
Allotment fees in Alnwick are set to go up across the board, the first rises for two years. The prices will be: Ratten Row – £40 full plot with water, £35 full plot without, £30 half -plot with water, £25 without; St James’ – £35 full, £25 half; St George’s – £30 full, £20 half; Cawledge View – £30 full, £20 half.
NOBODY WANTS TO HOLD THE LOLLIPOP
The town is still without a school crossing patrol officer for the busy area on Swansfield Park Road, which is close to Alnwick South First School and Lindisfarne and The Duke’s middle schools.
County Coun Heather Cairns said that the county council had advertised the post several times, but with no success.
DISCUSSIONS ON PARKING DISCS
In response to the town’s community parking plan, the county council responded to say the implementation of a ‘disc zone’ would incur significant costs so could not be done on a temporary basis for the 12-month trial. The county council will supply the time discs, but there will be a nominal charge (no more than £1).
2013 FOOD FESTIVAL WAS THE BEST YET
The town council heard that this year’s Alnwick Food Festival was the most successful yet with an estimated footfall of 30,000. Some concerns were raised, but when asked why the festival took place, chairman Carys Thomas said: “The whole point is to make the town a better place and bring some liveliness.”