10 years ago
There was a further blow to the region’s beleaguered transport infrastructure last week when the Strategic Rail Authority announced that improvements to the East Coast Main Line are to be put back due to a lack of funds.
In a review of the current integrated transport plan, the proposed £3-4bn upgrade of the line has been reduced to less than £1bn, most of which will be spent in the south. Plans to increase train frequency in rural areas have also been put on hold.
25 years ago
Rents of council houses in Berwick are to rise by 50p per week, the first increase in three years.
But, with their hands tied by Government restraints on building new houses, the Borough Council are determined to carry on with an ambitious programme of improvements to raise standards in their existing stock of homes. And the modest increase will maintain the authority’s position of having the lowest rents in Northumberland.
50 years ago
Berwick’s water undertaking has lost money in the last three years.
The disclosure was made by the Borough Treasurer, Mr W H White, at the inquiry into Berwick Town Council’s objection to a Ministry of Housing order which would see their water supply transferred to the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company.
The Ministry view is that however efficient small undertakings are, they can not meet modern demands.
100 years ago
The annual meeting of Berwick Benefit Building Society was held in the Long Room of the Corn Exchange.
Inspector, Mr A L Miller, said it had been a very satisfactory year for the society.
“I think there are indications the real property market is clearing and the prospects are looking brighter,” he said. “All building societies feel the same. The wave may be a little longer in coming to Berwick but it will come in good time.”
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