Alnwick Town Council

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BUS passengers are being urged to complete a questionnaire issued by Northumberland County Council as part of its review into public transport services, with town councillors describing public input as vital.

At Alnwick Town Council on Thursday night, members heard that the deadline for comments had been extended until April 30 and they had been asked to consult with as many sections of the community as possible.

The county’s review is part of planning Arriva’s bus services with effect from September, although a letter from the authority to the town council says the starting position is not to reduce the overall number of resources in the area.

Coun Sara Walton said: “I feel that this is a really important issue for a lot of people in my ward and we should try to get the information out to them.”

Mayor Eileen Blakey suggested getting copies of the questionnaire placed in libraries, while Coun Graeme Knox added: “If the county council is looking for feedback from bus users, would it not be handy to actually have these forms on the buses?

“I don’t know if they have already done that.”

THIRTEEN guests will visit Alnwick as part of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of twinning links with the French town of Lagny sur Marne.

Mayor Eileen Blakey said nine delegates from France were attending the event, which starts on May 13, with a further four travelling from Time Kommune in Norway.

A programme has been finalised for the weekend, including a civic reception at the Bailiffgate Museum, visits to the Alnwick Garden and castle, a coach tour of the town and a church service at St Michael’s.

TWO bursaries have been presented to American students living and studying in Alnwick by town mayor, Coun Eileen Blakey.

Bethany Fuller and Larissa Smerer, who are from St Cloud State University in Minnesota, received the award from the town council to help them with their studies while at Alnwick Castle.

Coun Blakey said: “St Cloud has a long history with Alnwick – its students have been coming here for over 30 years and it has been a great pleasure and an honour for the residents and community to welcome them. The work they undertake in our voluntary sector has been of great benefit to the organisations, as well as the students.”

The bursary system was introduced by the former Alnwick District Council and was taken over by the town following local government reform in 2008.

ADDITIONAL grass cuts have been agreed by Alnwick Town Council, above the normal service provided by the county council.

Councillors agreed to pay for an extra three this year, which has been included in the 2011 budget.

l A NEW compact tractor is being bought by Alnwick Town Council.

The machinery, which costs just under £13,000, will replace the existing tractor which is nine years old.