FURTHER FUNDING SUCCESS
A bid for an extra grant for the work carried out to Alnwick war memorial has been successful.
An additional £1,105 was given by the War Memorials Trust for the work carried out to the lantern at the top of the memorial, taking the total received in grant funding to £8,270. This means that Alnwick Town Council’s contribution falls to £3,738. Members thanked Janet Pibworth for all her work on accessing the funding.
CYCLE-TRACK LEASE DELAYED FOR NOW
The clerk reported that the lease for the land on which the proposed cycle track is to be built to the east of Allerburn Lea has not yet been signed.
There is an agricultural tenant on the site and the Northumberland Estates will serve notice once the planning application has been submitted.
CONCERNS OVER PHARMACY OVERLAP
In response to the county council’s pharmacy needs assessment, the town council is to highlight that while the three town pharmacies are open a total of 57 hours and there is a seven-day service, there is a high degree of overlap between the three.
NEW CEMETERY CHARGES
The new list of charges for Alnwick Cemetery from April 2015 have been agreed. Burial rights for an adult for up to 100 years, including the right to erect a headstone, will cost £470, burial will cost £275 for a depth of four foot or £410 for a depth of five foot. For children up to the age of 12, there will be no charge. Burial rights for cremated remains will cost £250 with a burial charge of £140. For the full list of current charges, see www.alnwick-tc.gov.uk
PHONEBOX COULD BE PUT TO A NEW USE
Members agreed to a BT proposal to remove the phonebox opposite the Shepherds Rest as part of its drive to remove 65 across the county. In the last 12 months, 14 calls have been made.
However, the council is to investigate taking the box on to house a public-access defibrillator.