Town-centre toilets and car park on chamber’s agenda

The Roxbro Place car park.
The Roxbro Place car park.

The recent refurbishment of the public toilets in the centre of Alnwick and the state of one of its car parks were on the agenda at the latest meeting of the town’s Chamber of Trade (Act).

On Monday, one of the business group’s main issues for discussion was the recent work carried out in the toilets in The Shambles.

Act chairman, Carlo Biagioni, told the Gazette that he was not very impressed with the outcome of renovations which cost almost £13,000.

Members of the chamber agreed to ask the county council, which carried out the work, for a breakdown of the costs and how the money was spent.

Alnwick Town Council has also expressed dissatisfaction, including at its last meeting.

The £12,700 refurbishment was funded by £3,700 from the county council and £3,000 each from the town council and county councillors Heather Cairns and Gordon Castle.

Another concern being raised is the state of the Roxbrough Place car park, off Green Batt, to the back of the town centre, especially during periods of rainfall.

While that area may be improved permanently if the Wetherspoon’s development at the Corn Exchange goes ahead, Mr Biagioni questioned whether there was a solution to be found using, for example, materials left from roads planing.

Traders in Alnwick are also building up to Small Business Saturday, which takes place on December 6 this year.

Like last year, shops in the town will be putting on a number of special offers and discounts.