Landmark buildings on the market

Allerburn House and grounds in Alnwick
Allerburn House and grounds in Alnwick

Two landmark buildings in Alnwick are up for sale as the county council faces up to swingeing budget cuts, it was confirmed this week.

Allerburn House, on Denwick Lane, and Alnwick Council Chamber, on Market Street, are both deemed as surplus to requirement by Northumberland County Council, which took over ownership of both assets following the demise of Alnwick District Council.

Alnwick Council Chamber

Alnwick Council Chamber

A spokesman for the county council said the sales are ‘part of our ongoing strategy to rationalise the council’s accommodation across the county and help protect vital frontline services’.

Allerburn House has been closed for a number of months, while the council chamber was shuttered in August due to it needing costly work to bring it up to scratch, forcing Alnwick Town Council to find a new venue for meetings.

One local authority-owned building in the town centre that isn’t up for sale is the Northumberland Hall, with a spokeswoman telling the Gazette ‘there are no current plans to sell the building’.

However, repairs are due to be carried out following a ceiling collapse in the stairwell earlier this month.

The roof leak which caused the collapse was fixed the following day and bird guano cleared from the roof by specialists, but full repairs will take place when the hall is not booked.