The three chosen for 2014/15

Narrowgate, Alnwick
Narrowgate, Alnwick

Pavements and pedestrian priority are among the bids to go in for funding from the county council’s 2014/15 Local Transport Plan.

Each town and parish council can submit three priorities for transport-related capital projects each year for consideration for the county council’s LTP budget.

The public toilets in The Shambles in Alnwick town centre.

The public toilets in The Shambles in Alnwick town centre.

The decision was made to keep pedestrian priority for Narrowgate and works to South Road in the bid, while adding a new request for repairs to pavements in the town centre.

Two other key concerns regarding roads in Alnwick were discussed at last Thursday’s meeting of the town council, but were not put forward to the plan because schemes are in progress already.

One related to Wagonway Road and Victoria Terrace and worries over problems for pedestrians, particularly near the Co-op, due to parked cars.

But town and county councillor Gordon Castle explained that while the road would not be suitable for a pedestrian crossing, county council officers were in the process of developing a scheme.

Coun Castle also told members that a feasibility study was underway regarding the War Memorial junction of South Road, Wagonway Road and Prudhoe Street and the possibility of installing mini-roundabouts.

However, while an interim conclusion suggested that the scheme would not justify its expense, the final decision has now been delayed until after a new high school is built at Greensfield, as this would affect the traffic flow at the junction.

Coun Pat Holt said that she had fears over pedestrian safety on Canongate and backed a request made by a resident for double-yellow lines.

Coun Castle said he would be prepared to fund this from his members’ small schemes allowance rather than wasting the ‘ammunition’ of the Local Transport Plan on this relatively minor scheme.

He also explained that further road resurfacing in the town was already booked in.