Bringing a dash of colour to town

A team set up to spend money given to improve the high street in Alnwick have decided to bring a bit of colour to the town.

And one of the projects will focus on the bus station, long a source of criticism.

Alnwick Town Team, established to develop and implement Alnwick’s response to the Mary Portas recommendations, has voted to proceed with lamp-post banners and a frieze to decorate the bus station.

The lamp-post banners will be designed in four colours to designate the four quarters of the town proposed by Alnwick Chamber of Trade: Bondgate Without, Bondgate Within, the Market Quarter and the Castle Quarter.

Designs are to be prepared and Northumberland County Council asked to approve the lamp-posts from which the banners will be hung. The banners will recycle the fixings purchased last year for the Olympic Torch relay route.

The frieze to decorate the bus station is the brainchild of the Gallery Youth Project.

Young people working under the direction of graffiti artist John Craggs will design and paint six large panels, which will be erected along the inside walls.

Funding for this artwork has already been pledged by LMAPS (the local multi-agency problem solving group) and Arriva.

The Town Team has also agreed to take part in an exercise, funded by the county council, to benchmark economic performance along with the county’s other major market towns.

Other initiatives still being discussed include improvements to signage in the town and consideration about how the Town Team should respond to the action priorities emerging from the Alnwick and Denwick Neighbourhood Plan.

The Town Team brings together representatives of the town and county council with business and community interests including the Chamber of Trade, Alnwick Tourism Association, Northumberland Estates, Alnwick Markets, Alnwick Civic Society and Gallery Youth Project.