Residents slam pothole repairs ahead of wedding

Pothole in Alnwick on the Denwick Road.
Pothole in Alnwick on the Denwick Road.

Alnwick residents have hit out at the state of the roads, saying that Lady Melissa’s wedding sparked repairs to potholes near the Castle, while the rest of the town languishes.

But the claims that the arrival of Royalty and celebrities led to the work on The Peth was rubbished once again by town and county councillor Gordon Castle.

On Friday, Yvonne Donkin posted a comment on the Gazette’s Facebook page, saying: “It takes a wedding to get some of the potholes in Alnwick filled. This council should be ashamed, we have driven around these roads for months ruining our cars!!!”

And the post sparked 36 further comments, many of them agreeing, including one from Russell Cooke, which said: “Roads have been an absolute disgrace until ‘royalty’ pays a visit!!!”

But Coun Castle responded, saying: “There were 36,000 potholes reported after this winter and extra money was provided by central government to help with the repairs.

“I sent an email to county highways in May asking that the Peth be fixed quickly, because it was a hazard.

“Repairs not just to The Peth, but to several streets in Alnwick were completed in early June, because that is when the contractor got to them on the schedule.”

To report a pothole, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk and click on ‘Pothole in Road’.