Toilets are to get a makeover in Alnwick

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

Public toilets in Alnwick, which have been described as a ‘mess’ are to be upgraded.

The town council and Couns Heather Cairns and Gordon Castle have all contributed £3,000 to have work done on the facilities in the Shambles, underneath the Northumberland Hall.

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Alnwick Chamber of Trade, raised his concerns about the lack of action on the toilets at Monday’s North Area meeting.

He said: “This has been going on for two years now and nothing seems to have been done about it. We have another season starting and they are a mess, they need to be sorted.”

But Terry Garnick, neighbourhood environment action team manager for the north, for Northumberland County Council, said: “I am delighted to report that the county council has worked closely with Alnwick Town Council to raise funds and look for solutions for the toilets in Alnwick.

“They suffer dreadfully from ventilation problems.”

Coun Castle added: “Alnwick Town Council is taking the lead on this and we are going to look at how the money can best be spent.

“I appreciate and understand that we need to get this done in a timely fashion.”

Coun Jeff Watson raised concerns about public loos in Amble and Warkworth.

“In Warkworth they have been raised because of the state of them,” he said.

“And in Amble we have the new harbour village plans but there is no extra provision for toilets.

“There are a couple in the town but they close at 5pm.”

Mr Garnick said the council is looking at ways of keeping toilets open for longer during peak holiday seasons. However, he said trials of toilets being open longer in Wooler and Amble led to vandalism.