Alnwick Town Council round-up

The Council Chamber, Clayport Street, Alnwick
The Council Chamber, Clayport Street, Alnwick

Last week’s meeting of the town council could be the last to be held in the council chamber in Alnwick.

Northumberland County Council has confirmed that the building, which needs costly work to bring it up to scratch, including a new boiler, will be shuttered from mid-August.

The next meeting of the council is due to take place on August 14, so the clerk is requesting that the venue is available for that meeting. If not, the Mechanics Institute is available.

In terms of future meetings, the town council is about to take on a lease for an office in the Centre on Fenkle Street from August 1 and the Northumberland Room would be a good setting for committee meetings. However, while the room charge is £10 an hour, after 6pm, an additional charge to cover the caretaker’s costs is set at £26 an hour.

Councillors felt this was unreasonable bearing in mind that they will be able to use the office after 6pm without additional charges.

In terms of full-council meetings, the preferred option is St James’ Church Centre as the Mechanics Institute has bookings on a Thursday night and the cricket club is only available off-season.

• Councillors are to discuss priorities for the 2015/16 Local Transport Plan. The three for 2014/15 were investigation of pedestrian priority in Narrowgate, road widening and right-turn lane at the service station on South Road and pavement repairs to Green Batt, St Michael’s Lane and the Market Place.

• Following a Local Multi-Agency Crime Prevention Initiative meeting, Coun Moore reported that speed-monitoring wires could be used and suggested doing it in Lisburn Street. Also of concern were Clayport Bank and Alnmouth Road.

• Coun Allcroft passed on concerns raised by a member of the public about the scaffolding outside one of the buildings on Bondgate Without oppostite The Plough, which has been up for a significant length of time.

• Coun Moore said that the police should look at the junction of The Peth and Bailiffgate as it’s ‘very dangerous’ and no-waiting signs would be appropriate to remedy the issue.

• Grass-cutting has improved dramatically at the Column Field since complaints at last month’s meeting. Coun Sue Allcroft, who raised the issue, said: “It’s made such a difference.”

• Members agreed a new paragraph for the constitution relating to the procedure for co-opting councillors.