Town’s roads in for major facelift

A major programme to give Alnwick’s roads a smart, uniform resurfacing has been agreed and will start next month.

County councillor Gordon Castle said a number of key improvements had been outlined in discussions with highways officers.

He said: “The town centre will be resurfaced from Bondgate Tower to Narrowgate beginning on November 26, subject to suitable weather. At my request, and in keeping with the town centre’s Conservation Area status, it will be done using red Biddlestone asphalt – a much more expensive process than normal.

“Utility companies which need to dig up the road surface will be required to reinstate in the same material, something that has never been properly enforced in the past. I have also requested that plans to resurface Fenkle Street in similar material next year are brought forward to the same period to avoid two periods of disruption.”

Work will be paused in the run-up to Christmas and resume early in the new year.

Coun Castle will give a full report to Alnwick Town Council tonight.