Castlegate unit bought by council

Berwick Town Council has bought the vacant retail unit at the entrance to Castlegate car park with a view to providing a tourism offer.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 22 March, 2018, 08:22
Berwick Town Council has bought a vacant retail unit at the entrance to Castlegate car park.

The unit, vacated by Deyn’s Deli last autumn, has been a tourist information centre in the past.

The town’s current tourist information centre is currently provided by Northumberland County Council on Walkergate alongside the library but concerns have been raised that it is in area of low footfall and is not particularly visible to tourists.

As a result, the town council had been exploring possible locations for an improved tourist information offer and the Castlegate site next to the town’s biggest car park is seen as ideal.

Town council officers are still are talking to the county council and to the Coastal Communities Team about what the future offer should be, including a possible bid for Coastal Communities funding.

A town council spokesman said: “At the time that we were having those conversations, the unit became vacant and it was the one location everyone had mentioned as being ideal for a TIC if that was what was required.

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“The town council decided to secure the property for the future by buying it, on the basis that the worst that could happen was, if there was no future TIC, we could let it out.”

The county council is currently carrying out a complete review of all tourism services.

It is understood the town council is now waiting for the county council to decide what kind of tourism offer it can provide in Berwick in the future.

In the meantime, it remains keen to work with all its partners to make things happen.