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Alnwick Town Council now has a town-centre presence and the office will be open to members of the public twice a week.

The council has taken on a first-floor office at 27 Fenkle Street in the building which houses a number of county-council functions, including the registrar.

It is proposed that once fully up and running, members of the public will be able to drop in between 10.30am and 3pm on Tuesday and Thursday to raise issues, pay allotment rents or ask questions.

The opening hours will be reviewed as necessary.

Residents will also be able to ring up and make an appointment, while councillors may also use the office for meetings that they arrange.

Coun Alan Symmonds, chairing the meeting in the Mayor’s absence, said: “We have been seeking a town-centre presence for a long time. I would want to shout it from the rooftops that we want to engage with the public.”

• All of the contracts are signed off and the work to repair the war memorial is due to take place this month. Members heard that the scaffolding was expected to be put up in the next 10 days and, weather-permitting, the work will be completed by the end of the month, ahead of the Remembrance services.

• A number of members of the town council are to go on a walk around Alnwick with the county council’s new north area manager for neighbourhood services, Bob Hodgson, later this month. Areas suggested to focus on include Swansfield Park, the bus station, the toilets, Glovers Green play areas and the Bullfield orchard.

• Northumberland County Council has received a petition calling for street lighting in Abbeylands. It was pointed out that the road is in fact within Denwick parish and councillors agreed to allow the petition process to take its course. It will go before the November meeting of the north area committee.

• County and town councillor Gordon Castle, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident at the end of August, was back at the meeting last Thursday as he eases his way back into his duties. Coun Alan Symmonds said: “We’re really pleased to see you here and marvel at the medical recovery.”