Further work may need to be carried out to Alnwick’s war memorial, but extra grants should be available to help cover the costs.
Refurbishment and conservation work, made possible thanks to a grant from the War Memorials Trust, was completed in time for Remebrance Sunday, which was a key concern.
At the meeting, members heard that the estimated cost of £9,500 had become an overall total of £12,000 excluding VAT.
However, some of this was due to work needed to the lantern, which was not part of the original quotation, while other additions became necessary as the work progressed.
The grant is for around £7,000, leaving the town council with a bill of around £4,800, but an application has already been made to try to recoup some of the costs of the extra work to the lantern.
Meanwhile, there are some concerns over the ‘wobble’ to the monument and an engineer is carrying out a survey of the structure, which may or may not require remedying. Another grant from the War Memorials Trust could be obtained for this work too.
One of the conditions of the grant is that a maintenance plan is drawn up.
• The council is looking to co-opt a new member for the Clayport ward following the resignation of Coun Chris Goodfellow. Anyone interested is asked to explain why they would like to become a councillor, in not more than 500 words. Applications must be submitted to Bill Batey, Room 5, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, NE66 1HW, or firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Thursday, December 4. To find out more about what is involved, contact Bill on 01665 602574/07971 810267 or attend a drop-in session in the Mechanics’ Institute, Percy Street, at 7pm on Monday, November 24.
• The town council agreed to take on the lease for the land to be used for a bike track, as well as being the named body on the planning application and funding bid. This will enable the long-delayed scheme, to be managed by Gallery Youth, to progress. The lease, for land east of Allerburn Lea, will cost £100 per acre from Northumberland Estates over a 20-year period.
• Chris Friend, coordinator of the Alnwick District Food Bank, spoke to the council to explain what the project was all about. He emphasised that the scheme was still developing and that it was important to raise awareness about the service and how people can help.
Last week, the Gazette ran a feature on the area’s food banks. Visit www.alnwickdistrictfoodbank.co.uk
• Speed-monitoring wires have been requested for five sites in Alnwick: Two on Clayport Bank; South Road, down from the Oaks roundabout; Alnmouth Road and Swansfield Park Road.
• The town council has agreed to coordinate the effort by volunteers to survey the condition of the rights of way in the town.