Castlegate toilets reopen after power cut

A Berwick café owner has called for improved public toilet facilities for the town.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 1:58 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:47 am
Castlegate public toilets

Lizzie Middlemiss, owner of Deyn’s Deli, was speaking following the temporary closure of the Castlegate toilets last week due to a problem with the lights.

“At Deyn’s Deli we have had a constant stream of people asking us where the nearest toilets are,” she said. “It is embarrassing to say next to the Maltings or the railway station.”

She was dismayed that Northumberland County Council took several days to fix the problem.

“It makes me so angry that Berwick has become such a forgotten run-down town centre,” said Ms Middlemiss. “Can’t they see that clean nice toilets at the entrance to our biggest car park is a basic need?”

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She even said she would consider looking after the Castlegate facility herself if the council allowed it.

“Give the toilets to me and I will run them,” she said. “That way the general public wouldn’t have to wait a week to put some lights on.”

She feels it is an issue on which county and town councillors should be taking a stronger stance.

“I cannot emphasise enough that retail business in Berwick have struggled through the winter counting the days till the holiday camps re-open,” she said.

A county council spokesman said there had been a power cut to the toilet block which property maintenance looked at as a matter of urgency to get the facilities reopened as soon as possible.