Berwick urged to get behind new partnership

Berwick has been urged to forget its troubles with partnership working in the past and get behind the new Coastal Community Team.

Thursday, 26th January 2017, 6:30 am
Julien Lake, chief executive of Berwick Community Trust.

The call was made by Julien Lake, chief executive of Berwick Community Trust, which led the successful bid to Government for the creation of a Coastal Community Team.

It will receive an initial £10,000 to develop a blueprint for economic growth but it is thought it could lever in far bigger figures if all goes well.

Mr Lake said: “As a town, we have had some issues over the last few years and working together has not worked smoothly,” he said, in reference to the disastrous Portas project which caused so many ructions.

“But if we are going to have a serious go at delivering economic growth in the next five to 10 years then we have to give it another shot.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

“Having lots of people doing their own little things without talking to each other or knowing what the other people’s aspirations are will lead to people getting in each other’s way, it will lead to confusion and aggravation and people will be left disappointed again.

“We’re not going into this blind to the challenges we face but it’s a great opportunity for Berwick to come together and really achieve something.”

He is especially keen for private firms to get involved.

“If we are to produce an economic plan for the town then the private sector’s input is vital,” he said.