Alnwick Town Council

Broom wants a clean town

A spring clean for Alnwick is set to take place ahead of Easter, at the start of the school holidays, following a request by Coun Peter Broom.

The town council is taking the lead on the proposed tidy-up, to take place on Sunday, April 6, but will be supported by a number of other organisations such as Alnwick Chamber of Trade and Alnwick in Bloom.

The county council will be contacted to provide equipment as well as ensure that any regulations for volunteers are adhered to.

Coun Broom said: “I think we need to get as many people involved as possible, certainly those organisations that we provide funding to, especially in terms of promoting it, if not joining in.”

Coun Ken Moore said that the town council should encourage all residents and business owners to ‘get outside their properties and clean up what’s outside their doors’.

Members agreed that the town council should progress the plans for the clean-up.


Coun Gordon Castle told members that the CRB process (which allows people to work with children) was under way on the applicants for the vacant school-crossing patrol posts in Alnwick.

Coun Pat Holt said that the council needed to keep an eye on it, as the issue has been rumbling on since August last year.


The county council has now introduced a local contact number for getting in touch.

Residents in Alnwick, as well as Alnmouth, Amble, Charlton Mires, Chathill, Embleton, Longframlington, Longhoughton, Powburn, Seahouses, Shilbottle and Whittingham, can now ring 01665 660733.


Four councillors, the clerk and a representative of Alnwick Chamber of Trade are to meet with county-council officers next week for a progress report on the introduction of free, but time-limited parking in the town.

The county council’s policy board officially approved free car parking from April 1 this month.


Following references to glass in the play area off Swansfield Park Road in last week’s Gazette, clerk Bill Batey emphasised that it is checked once a week and that glass was found on Monday last week and cleared up.

Coun Martin Harrington questioned why people make an issue of it, instead of just picking it up.