Toilets in centre of town set for improvements

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

Renovation work to spruce up the public toilets in the centre of Alnwick is set to take place before the start of the school summer holidays.

A budget of £12,700 is available, made up of £3,000 each from the town council and county councillors Heather Cairns and Gordon Castle as well as £3,700 from the county council itself.

But at the June meeting of Alnwick Town Council, members were warned that the money will not stretch to a full refurbishment.

Coun Gordon Castle said that items such as new toilets, a complete re-tiling or new fittings are not on the cards.

It is more likely to include things such as new cubicles, new hand-dryers, a deep clean and tidy and other cosmetic improvements.

A list of costs and options is being drawn up by the county council and its contractors and a decision will be made by the council before the work starts, hopefully in early July.

Coun Alan Symmonds said that he hoped that it would be obvious where the money was spent so that the town council could be sure it was getting what it paid for.

Coun Ken Moore said it was disappointing that work was only taking place in the toilets in The Shambles, as the Greenwell Lane facilities are also well-used.