Berwick’s town team has pledged to continue initiating and running projects despite the loss of its lead role in the Portas scheme.
The town team was removed from the Portas lead by Arch and Northumberland County Council following criticism of its slow progress in spending its £200,000 prize.
But it is still working on improvement schemes such as a ground breaking community refurbishment project to the Palace Green Pavilion.
To date the town team have had the building repainted inside and out with the help of Longcross Construction.
The next phase of the project is to build an extension which has been designed and submitted for planning approval by Bain Swan and Thomas Stewart Architects. The construction of the extension is to be undertaken by apprentices training at the Berwick Construction Training Centre. With the assistance of pledges of support from local builders merchants and construction firms it is anticipated the project will be completed without the need to draw upon public money.
Chris Hardie, acting chairman, said: “This project is a great example of how the wider Berwick community can come together to undertake a major task that has been under discussion for over a decade.”