Alnwick Town Council in brief: Remembrance, referendum and routes

Alnwick Remembrance parade 2015'Picture by Jane Coltman
Alnwick Remembrance parade 2015'Picture by Jane Coltman

Alnwick’s Remembrance Sunday service will take place in St Paul’s Church on Sunday, November 13, at 2.30pm.

After the service, there will be a march to the War Memorial for the laying of wreaths which will be followed by refreshments for guests in the Northumberland Hall.

• The Deputy Mayor, Coun George Mavin, pointed out that all of the housing estates built in Alnwick, from Allerburn Lea onwards, are culs-de-sac, meaning they cannot act as through-routes for buses to connect the homes to the town centre and other facilities. Following discussion with officers, he proposed – and members agreed – to write to the county council to suggest that a desire for buses to access new developments is included in a supplementary planning document.

• Coun Mavin submitted a proposal for a relaunched community forum, which would hold meetings once or twice a year for a wide range of clubs, groups and other organisations in the town to encourage more engagement. Members were happy with the principle, but felt that the mechanism needed a bit more work, so it will be discussed further.

• Following independent examination, the amendments to the Alnwick and Denwick Neighbourhood Plan submission draft have now been agreed by county council officers and the document design has been completed.

The document will now go through the county council’s approval process and the referendum is anticipated to be in mid-January.