New call for Berwick to be part of AONB

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Councillors in Berwick have made fresh calls for the town to be included within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The boundary of the AONB currently stops just south of Spittal.

Councillor John Robertson, chairman of Berwick Town Council’s environment and regeneration committee, said: “It should be extended to Berwick and as far as the border.”

He was backed by Councillor Gavin Jones but he pointed out that it was a decision that could only be made by central government, not by the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership.

“I am pushing for the boundary to be extended because I think it would be fantastic for our community to be recognised. We need to press for Berwick and its hinterland to be included.”

Councillor John Stephenson felt it made sense given the huge influence that the River Tweed has on the coastline.

The Northumberland Coast AONB has asked the council for feedback as part of the consultation for its required five-yearly management plan review.

Joining the Northumberland Coast AONB could be hugely beneficial for Berwick, with AONB partnerships able to use small sums of public money to draw extra money and resources into rural communities.

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