Drainage renovation starts

A major project has started to renovate drainage systems in a north Northumberland town.

Northumberland Estates is embarking on the scheme for the Willowburn area of Alnwick.

The work started recently and is expected to last for 15 weeks.

A spokesman for the Estates said that contractors working on behalf of the company will do everything possible to reduce the impact of the work on the local community.

But he did add that access may be temporarily restricted.

The Estates has applied for a temporary closure of public footpath number 14, north of East Cawledge Road.

But he said that everything will be done to complete works as quickly as possible to ensure that access is restored.

The spokesman added that the works are not expected to have an impact on retailers in the area.

He told the Gazette that on completion, drainage in the area will be significantly improved.

The spokesman said that the area in question is the Alnwick side of the A1, but away from retail and housing developments.

Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle said: “If this is a consequence of the surveys done following the downpours last year then it has got to be welcome and to everybody’s benefit.”