Wheelbarrow plan raises safety concern

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Berwick Inner Wheel Club wants to gift an iron wheelbarrow planter to the town to mark the 90th birthday of the organisation.

However, the club’s plan to site the wheelbarrow on the Morrison’s roundabout has met with concern from town councillors.

The town council would have had to take on the cost and responsibility of planting it up and maintaining it.

Northumberland County Council neighbourhood services also expressed reservations about the safety of the location if staff had to carry out regular watering there.

Councillor John Robertson, chairman of the environment and regeneration committee, said: “I don’t think they can have it on that roundabout because of the safety aspect. It’s not practical to maintain it there.”

Instead, members have suggested the wheelbarrow could be placed next to the Welcome to Berwick sign on North Road where it would still be prominent at the northern entry to the town.

“That would be a better site,” said Councillor Phil Elliott.

Councillor Alex Gibson called for the wheelbarrow to be put in the town centre, perhaps next to Job Centre Plus on Walkergate ‘where more people would see it’.

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