Improving ways of getting round town are key

The Cobbles in the centre of Alnwick are the number one concern for Alnwick Town Council.
The Cobbles in the centre of Alnwick are the number one concern for Alnwick Town Council.

The Cobbles, getting to and from the new high school and pedestrian crossings are the key priorities for Alnwick Town Council.

The authority has submitted its three priorities for funding from the county council’s Local Transport Plan 2016/17.

They were agreed at last Thursday’s meeting after the issues were thrashed out by a working group.

But as Coun David Farrar said, there’s no guarantee that the county council will fund any, so it’s ‘a bit like bald men fighting over a comb’.

The first priority is the poor state of the Cobbles in the town centre, followed by safe routes to the new high-school site at Greensfield and the need for safe crossings on a number of key routes into the town (full details below).

While discussing the need for a crossing on South Road, the issue of traffic backing up while getting into and out of the new Aldi site was raised.

It was pointed out that a pedestrian crossing can help with traffic flow as occurs to allow vehicles in and out of Lidl further down South Road.

Coun Martin Swinbank reminded members that the Aldi planning permission contains a requirement for the firm to review the traffic situation after six months.

Priority one: Poor condition of the Cobbles in the town centre, including the access from them which is causing serious issues for pedestrians (especially wheelchair users and people with disabilities) and cyclists.

Priority two: Lack of safe pedestrian and cycle routes through the town, particularly in the light of the new high-school location.

Priority three: Lack of safe crossings in the following locations: Victoria Road; Clayport Bank; Alnmouth Road; South Road (again referring to new high school).