An erosion of our heritage

It is with sadness that I read in your newspaper that yet another temple to the past is to be redeveloped, (Berwick Advertiser, July 26).

Friday, 3rd August 2018, 9:00 am

Berwick is a unique town with a gentle, historical ambience that attracts many tourists who like it just so.

The former waterworks building standing in Dock Road is just such a reminder of times gone by.

However, it appears it is to be another municipal building to bite the dust.

This chipping away at Berwick’s heritage bodes ill for the future, but as usual ‘short-termism’ is king.

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An atmosphere of gentle neglect sometimes pervades our town’s heritage and only adds to the delicate beauty that seems to protect us from the vulgarity of the new and squeaky clean.

Perhaps the planners should consider that they may be biting the hand that feeds them, and maintaining old buildings, however humble, adds to the unique atmosphere in an ancient fortress town.

Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder.

Well, I say the people in control need glasses with strong lenses.

With a nostalgic tear in my eye, and a fervent wish for sensible conservation.

Joanna Cavagin