Bridge Street market proposal is backed

Plans for a two-day Christmas market on Bridge Street in Berwick have been revealed.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 01 May, 2019, 13:39
Bridge Street in Berwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

Berwick Town Council has agreed to work alongside a group of Bridge Street traders on the project.

It is envisaged the market would coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights.

Coun Karin Graham said: “I am all for hosting the market.”

The council has indicated that it may have to spend up to £5,000 on a road closure order, setting up the stalls, waste collection, street cleaning and other infrastructure costs.

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Town clerk Gareth Davies, speaking at last week’s full council meeting, said: “Our view as officers is that we should provide the initial support to get the market up and running and that it should become self-sufficient in future years but, as things stand, all we have is a small group of traders who would like it to happen.”

The plan will be further developed by the budget and administration committee.

The council is also involved in plans to improve the May Fair.

Discussions have taken place with event organisers and local market traders and it is proposed that the May Fair market be re-focussed on local food and produce with support from Northumberland County Council and local traders. Councillors were told that costs of no more than £1,000 may be incurred.