The derelict former Playhouse cinema site on Sandgate could be the latest improvement project taken on by Berwick’s town team.
It is keen to explore the idea of a pop-up park on a site which is regarded as one of the town’s biggest eyesores.
Chris Hardie, acting town team chairman, said: “While this site is destined to be redeveloped as housing in the near future the town team are still sympathetic to the idea at improving its appearance in the short term by creating a pop up park, following on from the success of creating a pop up shop.”
The town team aim to achieve this at zero cost by engaging the business and town communities in the project, with the aim that all the materials should be able to be reused on other derelict sites in the future.
“The town team have already received pledges of top soil, gravel, wood and machinery and are working with various local groups to establish a community working group for the site,” revealed Mr Hardie.
Planning permission for 14 two-bedroom flats and six one-bedroom flats was secured by Park Portfolios from the former Berwick Borough Council in 2008.
The building was demolished in 2011 because of safety concerns but the site has been neglected since then with unsightly weeds left to prosper.
It has also been marketed for sale with an asking price of £250,000.
Berwick Town Council believes conditions should be inserted in any new planning permission to ensure the Nottingham-based developer keeps the site tidy.
Councillor John Robertson has previously called for the site to be turned into extra car parking until the developers are ready to proceed.
The town team, set up in the wake of a successful bid for £100,000 Portas funding, has already been behind several regeneration initiatives such as the reintroduction of boat trips on the River Tweed, the creation of pop-up shop Serendipity and work to improve the charter market.
However, it has recently been left in limbo after having its funding withdrawn by Northumberland County Council because of concerns it was not being spent fast enough.
The town team are contacting all local organisations to find out their ideas for improving the economic viability of the town centre. Any group which wishes to submit their ideas to the town team can make contact and receive the relevant submission forms by e mailing email@example.com