Councillors expressed dismay and anger that vandals had targeted one of the town’s play parks.
The clerk reported that someone had damaged the tunnel slide at the park off Swansfield Park Road.
Despite managing to source an ex-demonstration replacement part at a 45 per cent discount, the repairs cost in the region of £1,500. That total did include a couple of minor repairs to other play parks.
The council was informed of the damage on Monday morning and the part was ordered and the slide repaired by the Friday ahead of the bank-holiday weekend.
The clerk added that it was the second incident of vandalism over the past three or four months and that the police have said that they will keep an eye on it.
Coun Chris Goodfellow said that in the evenings, there are often groups of youths – 15, 16, 17-year-olds – hanging around in the park.
• The town council has previously expressed a desire to have a town-centre presence in Alnwick, which would be accessible to the public, and £5,000 was set aside in the budget. Earlier this month, the county council informed the town clerk that room five in The Centre, Fenkle Street, was becoming available. Rent would be in the region of £120-£150 pcm, with business rates at a maximum of £300, although probably zero. There would also be costs for broadband/phone line, etc.
• Coun Bill Grisdale was re-elected as Mayor of Alnwick for a second year of office, while Coun Sue Allcroft was re-elected as Deputy Mayor. The committees will be chaired as follows: Finance – Coun Alan Symonds; planning – Coun Rachael Roberts; cemetery – Coun David Farrar; recreation/amenities – Coun Sue Patience.
• Northumberland County Council has added £3,700 to the budget for works to revamp the toilets in The Shambles in the town centre. It takes the total available to £12,700, which includes £3,000 each from the town council and county councillors Gordon Castle and Heather Cairns’s small schemes allowances.
• The county council has said that it does not have the resources to empty any more bins in the town. Coun Allccroft suggested reviewing the current bins and, if any are rarely used, moving them to locations where they are needed. It was agreed to carry out a survey of bin locations and how well they are used.
• The clerk said that the county council had confirmed that parking discs would be used to monitor the half-hour limits for the bays in in the Market Place, part of the new parking regime which is still due to start on June 2. A meeting with contractors about the lines to mark bays is taking place this week.