Police target litter-hit walk

LITTER along a popular walk in Alnwick is still causing a headache for councillors.

Last month, the Gazette reported that town councillors were calling for the Summer Seats, near the Dunterns, to be removed because of the mess left by late-night revellers.

And on Thursday, Coun Ken Moore reiterated his concerns at Alnwick Town Council.

He told the meeting that police were making the area a priority and the weekend after it was first raised, he had been told that there was a slight improvement.

“There were half a dozen no-litter notices up along the fence and along the path,” he said. “On the Saturday morning there were no problems, but on the Sunday morning I was told that the notices had been ripped off and the problem was as bad as it had been before.”

He added that there was loose wood by the seats which he was ‘fearful’ could be set alight.

“If you remove the seats, they won’t be able to do it,” he said. “I’m not convinced they are used by the general public.”

Coun Sara Walton said she no longer takes her children there because of anti-social behaviour, but said removing the seats would displace the problem.

Clerk Bill Batey said that it was raised as a concern at the Local Multi-Agency Problem Solving group and police would be keeping an eye on it.

Deputy Mayor, Coun Geoff Watson, said: “I would hate to see a facility used by the public removed because of a small minority of people who behave badly.”

It was decided to let police look at the situation before making any decisions on the future of the seats.