Town’s former council chamber has been sold

Alnwick Council Chamber
Alnwick Council Chamber

The former Alnwick Council Chambers has been sold, it has emerged.

The building on Clayport Street was put up for sale in November 2014 when it was deemed as surplus to requirement by Northumberland County Council, which took over ownership of the building following the demise of Alnwick District Council.

There was some speculation that it had been bought by JD Wetherspoon following the collapse of its £2million proposal to convert the town’s Corn Exchange back in January.

Coun Gordon Castle was quick to respond, saying that ‘to his knowledge’ this was not true, adding ‘I would like to see it [the chambers] go to a good home’.

A county council spokesman said: “The county council marketed The Old Post Office, in Clayport Street, Alnwick, with local agents George F White.

“An informal tender process was followed and a tender selected. The county council are now proceeding with the sale of the property subject to contract.”

It did not wish to comment on who had taken up the tender as documents were still being processed.

However, a spokesman for Wetherspoon said it was ‘aware of the site’ but is ‘not progressing with that at present’.

The council chamber was one of two landmark buildings in Alnwick put up for sale as the county council faced swingeing budget cuts. The other was Allerburn House, on Denwick Lane.