Fury over town centre toilets

The public toilets in The Shambles in Alnwick town centre.
The public toilets in The Shambles in Alnwick town centre.

Anger has erupted over the state of toilets in Alnwick ahead of the weekend’s music festival.

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Alnwick Chamber of Trade, has raised concerns about the facilities at the Shambles, under the Northumberland Hall.

They are due to be upgraded by Northumberland County Council after funds were found for the work.

However, Mr Biagionsays this is yet to start and the toilets give visitors to the town a poor impression.

“We have thousands of people coming here for the music festival next week and they are horrendous,” he said.

“We were walking near the Northumberland Hall and the smell under the arches of the Shambles just beggars belief.

“They should have done the work by now. We have been going on about this for the last two years.

“They said it would start at the beginning of July and it hasn’t.

“The first thing they need to do is sort out the smell.”

He also raised an issue about the toilets being closed early during the tourist season.

Mr Biagioni said in previous years he has written to the county council asking for them to be kept open late, but had not done so this year.

“We have noticed they are being closed at 4.30pm or 5pm, but the town is still full of people at that time,” he added.

“They should know by now that they need to be open later in the summer.”

However the county has said that work has started at the toilets.

A spokesman for the authority said: “The council is carrying out a programme of refurbishment of toilet blocks around the county.

“The toilets in the Shambles have had minor fixtures, fittings and grouting carried out. The cubicles are waiting to be delivered and all the works should be complete by the end of August.”

The authority added that the loos should be open until between 6pm and 6.30pm but doors may have been closed while workmen were inside.