A sad state of vacancies

Looking around Berwick, particularly the high street, I find it sad that there are so many empty shops.

Friday, 21st October 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:57 pm

It is particularly sad that some of them have been empty for years – Happit/the Calendar Club has been closed since 2008, Clinton Cards since about 2012.

And in recent years Greenwoods, The Money Shop, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and the Tourist Information Centre have all suffered the same fate.

One particularly depressing sight is the former Clinton Cards shop, with its peeling paint, dirty windows and the untidy state of the interior.

Do the owners of these buildings not care about the state of their properties?

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Surely, there can be steps taken by the powers that be to ensure that property owners keep their buildings in good condition, even if they are not currently occupied.

Something needs to be done about the pitiful state of some buildings in the town, especially with Berwick being a popular tourist destination, an industry that should be taken seriously with the current local economic climate.

Alan Brown

Middle Street

Spittal