'It’s a right dog’s dinner' - call or action over Alnwick markings

Calls have been made for road markings in Alnwick town centre to be repainted before an accident happens.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 4:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 2:35 pm
Hotspur Tower, Alnwick

Alnwick Town Council agreed to make the request to Northumberland County Council after the issue was raised by Coun Martin Harrington.

“The white lines within the town, either side of the Hotspur Tower and along at the war memorial, are non-existent,” he said.

He highlighted the lack of white lines for traffic turning left at The Fleece Inn on the east side of the Hotspur Tower.

“It’s a right dog’s dinner,” he said. “There is going to be an accident there sometime.”

Mayor Lynda Wearn agreed: “The arrow is there but it’s faint and you don’t see it until you are right on it.”

She also gave feedback on a design session on plans to refurbish the cobbles at Bondgate Within.

“It was a very productive meeting,” she said. “We gave some thoughts on three options to be worked up which will then be consulted on.

“We looked at how we might manage the parking and improve the visual aspect of it all.

“It’s likely that it will be one way in and one way out,” she revealed.

Coun Wearn also called for an extension of double yellow lines at the junction of Fenkle Street with Clayport Street to prevent inconsiderate parking.

She also said traffic calming measures were needed on Alnmouth Road at the junction with the new Peter’s Mill road where a new housing development is under construction.

“There is nothing to slow traffic down going east out of the town and that is the most dangerous area because the traffic is speeding up,” she said.

Coun Martin Swinbank said the box on South Road turning into Prudhoe Street also needed to be repainted.

On a positive note, Coun John Humphries said that white markings had been painted on a bend at Weavers Way.

“It’s something we’ve been asking for for 15 years,” he said. “There could have been more but let’s be thankful for what we’ve got.”