Parking problems will not be solved

PARKING problems in Alnwick Market Place will not be solved when Northumberland County Council takes over enforcement controls.

Alnwick Town Council clerk Bill Batey told members at a meeting last week that parking in the town square would be a police issue as they deal with moving traffic offences.

He added: “They did say they are looking at options for the Market Place and when they are ready they will come to the March or April meeting.”

Coun Sue Patience said that she had spoken to a police officer in the Market Place who said that it would be the council’s responsibility.

Coun Rachael Roberts suggested that police and the county council were invited to a meeting.

MEMORIAL SEAT: A memorial seat is to be installed near the Hotspur statue in tribute to a member of the Christmas Lights committee who died last year.

Family and friends of Davey Hume have raised £700 towards the seat, which will be put on Pottergate.

An old timber seat will be taken away to make space for the new one.

The council unanimously agreed to contribute the rest of the costs for the seat, including a plaque.

HAVING A BALL: A civic ball is to be held in October in aid of Alnwick Playhouse.

Coun Symmonds told the council that the event will not cost the authority anything.

He said: “Someone came to me and said they wanted to support the council in this charitable event.

“It was decided to support the Playhouse, which is also the Gazette’s Jam Jar Army charity for this year, so a great number of people have shown they would like to support it.”

He said it would be similar to dances held by Alnwick District Council.

Coun Walton raised concerns about it not being affordable to everyone, but Coun Symmonds said they would establish a balance between good quality and a realistic price.

He said that the last district council ball was £40 a ticket and this would be ‘nowhere near that’.

NOISE PROBLEMS: Anti-social behaviour is causing problems on Howling Lane, members heard.

A letter was sent to the council about noise and disturbance near a bus shelter on the street.

Mr Batey said: “I have sent it to the police and Neville Wharrier (sergeant for Alnwick) has confirmed that they do get a number of calls, late at night, about disorder.

“Few are specific to the bus shelter but in the vicinity and it is the main thoroughfare to the estate.

“They are going to look at it more closely over the coming weeks and give us a report back.”

Coun Graeme Knox suggested removing the bus shelter but it was decided to speak to the police and the bus company.

Coun Patience asked if a letter could be sent back to the person who raised concerns, saying that the police were dealing with it.

COME ALONG: Members of Alnwick Food Festival committee are to be invited to the town council after Philip Angier stood down as chairman, to discuss this year’s event.