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Town Councillors support recommendation for permanent pedestrianisation of Narrowgate

Alnwick Town Council has supported the recommendation by Northumberland County Council officers to progress with the permanent pedestrianisation of Narrowgate, following a 30-month trial period. At Thursday’s Full Council meeting a majority vote backed the County Council’s plans but with the proviso that certain issues would be addressed.

 

Following the Town Council’s decision Alnwick Town Mayor Councillor Lynda Wearn said: “We recognise that the pedestrianisation scheme has split local opinion, but we have to form a view based on the consultation and comments gathered.

 

“My fellow councillors have raised very relevant concerns and I am pleased that there was a Northumberland County Council Highways Officer present this evening to hear them.”

 

Councillors wanted assurances that signage would be improved, enquired about Fenkle Street becoming one-way as well as availability of parking for residents of Bondgate Within and improvement of the signage for the parking spaces on Greenwell Lane.

 

The question of timescale for the project was also raised and councillors heard that it was hoped that all the design criteria would be complete by the end of the 2022/23 financial year and that the scheme would be ready to progress in the following year.

 

Northumberland County Council’s recommendations acknowledge that two main areas of concern, the Bondgate Within turning area and the Fenkle Street/Market Street junction, will be addressed. Richard McKenzie, NCC’s Highways Programmes Team reported that:

 

“At the last consultation, which took place from September to November 2021, there was a clear majority (62%) to the question ‘Should Narrowgate be pedestrianised permanently? Interestingly most respondents with an Alnwick Town Centre address were in favour of the scheme (64%). The majority of those with a Narrowgate address were in favour (83%) and the majority with a Bondgate Within address were against (78%)”.

 

The Town Council is expecting a high-quality streetscape design which will recognise that Alnwick is a major tourist destination and will enhance the links between the town centre, car parks, the castle and Alnwick Gardens.

 

The final decision about the Narrowgate pedestrianisation will be taken by Northumberland County Council.

Alnwick Cemetery reopens

Alnwick Cemetery is now open to the public and Alnwick Town Council would like to thank its staff and its contractors for their efforts over the last few weeks to make this possible.

 

Members of the public are advised to take extra care when visiting the cemetery and remain on the paths as much as possible. Visitors are also reminded that access is only permitted in daylight hours.

 

A few areas are still closed so if the grave you wish to visit cannot be reached please find the Cemetery Superintendent who can lay flowers or a wreath for you.

Alnwick Cemetery update

Alnwick Town Council have closed the cemetery on a temporary basis due to damage caused by Storm Arwen.

 

There are a number of fallen trees and other trees which are in an unstable condition and require professional input from tree surgeons and council workforce to ensure public safety. The team is working constantly to deal with the consequences of an unprecedented storm and the cemetery will be opened as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

Thankfully it appears that the majority of the damage is to the trees and the vast majority of the headstones in the cemetery remain undamaged.

 

Funerals will still take place with access via the Cawledge View pedestrian entrance.

 

 

Peter Hately

Chief Officer/Town Clerk

Alnwick Town Council

 

Town Council Grant Scheme is now open

Alnwick Town Council has announced that its grant scheme is now open with application forms due in by October 17th.

 

Voluntary and community organisations, who are based in, or predominantly serve Alnwick are encouraged to apply for financial assistance for 2022, by completing and returning the relevant form. The aim of the grants is to provide some financial support to help local organisations and groups to carry on providing the valuable services to the town.

 

Mayor, Councillor Lynda Wearn said “The Town Council know how important these groups and organisations are to the town, so I am pleased that we have a grants budget of £35,000, including £2,000 for Environmental Grant applications for groups or organisations wishing to undertake planting schemes in the town”.

 

The Town Council also has an Events grant budget for organisations or groups wishing to apply for a grant towards the cost of an event in Alnwick. Applications for Events should be sent in 3 months before the event is planned.

 

The Town Council are always pleased to receive applications from groups and organisations who have not applied for a grant before.

 

The grant criteria and application forms are available by clicking on the links below:

 

Grant Applications - General Grants 2021

Environmental Grant Applications - Environment Grants 2021

Event Grant Application - Event Grants 2021

 

Anyone who needs the from posted should phone 01665 602574 and leave their name and address.

Alnwick Heritage Open Day September 11th 2021

As part of national Heritage Days a number of locations in Alnwick will be open on September 11th. Begin in the Market Place where Alnwick Civic Society members will help you to plan your day.

 

  • Aln Valley Railway: guided tours which will include visits to the engine shed, workshops and signal box, all of which are normally closed to the public. Full details <here>.
  • Alnwick Cemetery: a guided tour with the history of the cemetery, and stories of some of Alnwick’s most eminent and notorious residents. We hope to include access to memorials inside one of the two chapels. Full details <here>. Book <here>.
  • Alnwick Playhouse: staff & volunteers will lead backstage tours. See behind the scenes of the newly renovated small scale theatre in a prominent historic building. Full details <here>. Book through Playhouse Web site – www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk
  • Bailiffgate Museum: Experience 10,000 years of history and a fantastic Viking exhibition. Full details <here>
  • Heritage guided tour: join members of the Civic Society on a walk that explores a thousand years of Alnwick’s Built Heritage. Full details <here>. Book <here>
  • Town Hall: built for the Alnwick Freemen in 1736, with clock tower added in 1767. Information panels record the different companies: Cordwainers, Tanners, Black Smiths, White Smiths, Merchants, Skinners & Glovers, Butchers and Carpenters & Joiners. Full details <here>.
  • Youth Hostel: Once Alnwick’s 19th Century House of Correction where Alnwick’s wrongdoers were imprisoned. Enjoy Folk Music sessions in the former Exercise Yard, with original wall, windows and bars (still in use for hostel guests – who may come and go as they please). Full details <here>.
  • Alnwick Masonic Centre including the Masonic Meeting Room, unique historical artefacts and giant oak sideboard depicting the Battle of Chevy Chase. Details <here>.
  • Alnwick Baptist Church was built in the 1830s as a Presbyterian Chapel and has been a vital home of worship for over 180 years. Full details <here>.
  • Alnwick Methodist Church spans over 200 years of Methodist Heritage. The church still displays the John Wesley 18th Century pulpit. Full details <here>.
  • St. James’s Centre: the home of Alnwick’s United Reformed Church was built in 1894 by well known church architects Hicks and Charlewood in the revived Free Perpendicular style of the time. Full details <here>.
  • St. Paul’s Church was designed in the Decorated Gothic style by the renowned architect Anthony Salvin. Opened as an Anglican church in 1846, it has served as Alnwick’s Roman Catholic church since 1982. The East Window is one of only three of its kind in Europe. Full details <here>.
  • Parish Church of St. Michael has a story that spans the history of Alnwick and the Dukes of Northumberland. See the medieval bells, which are giving way to a new ring of ten bells Full details <here>.

Vacancy for Councillors in the Alnwick Clayport & Castle Wards

Vacancies exists on Alnwick Town Council for 2 councillors. One in the Clayport Ward and one in the Castle Ward. The council are looking to fill the vacancies by co-option.

 

The criteria for being an Alnwick Town councillor are available by clicking on the link below:

Councillor Co-option Criteria.

 

Anyone interested in being considered for the vacancies is requested to make an application in writing, setting out why they would like to be a councillor, in not more than 500 words.

 

Applications must be submitted to Peter Hately, Chief Officer and Town Clerk, via e-mail to Peter.Hately@alnwick-tc.gov.uk

 

Anyone wishing to find out more about what is involved in being a councillor and how the Town Council operates is asked to contact Peter to arrange an informal discussion.