Talks with council result in decision to cut grass banks

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Grasscutting concerns in parts of Berwick have been raised at a meeting with officers from Northumberland County Council.

Representatives from the Berwick Deserves Better (BDB) interest group got the chance to put their points across after a meeting arranged by Councillor Gavin Jones.

Julie Bell from BDB said: “The site meeting at Highcliffe Hill was very successful. Officers were open to discussing the issues raised and BDB representative Gordon McLean campaigned strongly for the residents’ concerns to be addressed, not only in this area but other areas in the town.

“Council officers apologised for the lack of proper communication and explained that the area had been left uncut for a “grow wild” project which is also being implemented in Morpeth and Alnwick.

“After some discussion council officers agreed that they would heed residents’ concerns and cut back the majority of the grass banks whilst retaining a small part of the hill adjacent to the railway arch to implement the wild flower project.

“Council officers are keen to liaise with BDB and other interested groups about possible sites for wild flower projects. These were positive steps for both the BDB group and the county council who have pledged they would like to work together with the group and will meet again in the near future to address further local issues.”

BDB’s facebook page has been inundated with comments about the state of the town in recent weeks. Areas of concern included Highcliffe Hill, Billendean Road and the grassed area next to Berwick train station. BDB collated the concerns and reported the issues to the council.

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