Alnwick Town Council round-up

The Council Chamber, Clayport Street, Alnwick
The Council Chamber, Clayport Street, Alnwick

The August meeting was the last council meeting held in Alnwick’s council chamber, which needs costly work to bring it up to scratch and has now been shuttered.

Full meetings of the council will now take place in St James’ Church Centre, on Pottergate, with committee meetings yet to be confirmed.

• Alnwick and Denwick’s draft neighbourhood plan is now complete and a consultation is running until the end of next month.

A neighbourhood plan is a new type of planning document that gives local people more say and what happens in their area. Earlier consultation has shaped the draft plan, which covers the period up until 2031, and there’s now an opportunity for people to have their say on issues such as housing, jobs, the enivornment and culture.

The consultation runs until September 29, either via postal forms which residents should have received or online. Representatives will also be in the Market Place on August 30 and September 16.

The first in a series of articles by the team, setting out some of the proposals in the draft plan, will appear in Thursday’s Gazette.

• As previously reported in the Gazette, Wagonway Road and Willowburn Avenue are set to be closed for resurfacing work from September 29 to October 10. Coun Gordon Castle said that during that period, it is hoped that work can take place near the Co-op to improve safety for pedestrians crossing the road.

• Volunteers are being sought to assist the county council in its responsibility for public rights of way in the town.

Due to financial pressures on the authority, it is hoped that volunteers can be found to carry out a survey of the rights of way in Alnwick and potentially to manage any work that needs doing.

• The town council has been consulted by the county council on the Local Flood Risk Stategy. It was agreed to respond with information which forms part of the draft neighbourhood plan for the town as well as pointing out that detailed work was carried out following major flooding on Thunder Thursday, in 2012.