Alnwick Town Council: Late-night drinkers mar popular beauty spot

This photo taken on the morning of Saturday 14th January shows the aftermath of a Friday nights drinking session on the summer seats path above Alnwick
This photo taken on the morning of Saturday 14th January shows the aftermath of a Friday nights drinking session on the summer seats path above Alnwick

A TOWN councillor is threatening to call for seats on a popular walk to be removed, because they have become a haunt for late-night drinkers.

Coun Ken Moore visited the Summer Seats, near The Dunterns, on Saturday morning, to find it strewn with beer bottles, cider cans, empty drinks boxes and plastic bags. It followed a complaint from a member of the public over the state of the spot, which was received by the town council at its monthly meeting on Thursday night.

Coun Moore took photographs, which have now been passed on to the police.

He said: “The pictures show the aftermath of a Friday night drinking session caused by whoever. On Sunday morning I was informed that they had been there again on Saturday night and that the mess left was worse than the photo shows.

“This has been going on for a long time now and it is about time it stopped. I would ask parents to be aware of where their children are and what they are doing at nights. If they have been drinking, it has got to be obvious.”

And he added: “Unless there is very strong representation I intend to urge the town council to have the three seats removed, thus taking away the temptation and comfort for drinking there. Far too much time and effort has been spent by the police and local authority trying to resolve this problem.”

At the town council, members suggested contacting the police to see whether the area was covered by the public drinking bylaw, but Coun Gordon Castle said: “It’s a bridleway on private land so it’s difficult to say whether the restrictions would apply there.

“This is one of those issues which won’t seem to go away and I think it is a police matter, to be perfectly honest.”

Coun Eileen Blakey added: “This has been a long-term problem and there’s nothing we as a council can really do because it is private land.”

Coun Sue Patience said it was ‘unfair’ to blame the problems on youths, but was rebutted by Coun Castle who said it was well-known that under-age drinkers use it as a gathering place.

It was agreed to inform local police of the issue.