Councillors back investment at school

Berwick’s three county councillors have welcomed plans to invest £15million in a new high school for the town.

Friday, 1st March 2019, 11:26 am
Berwick county councillors Catherine Seymour, Georgina Hill and Gregah Roughead. Picture by Tony Forbes.

Coun Georgina Hill, who represents Berwick East, said: “I completely understand why people are cynical about politics but you need to give credit where it is due and this Northumberland County Council administration have listened and acted, making this change to their final budget.

“There is a long way to go for Berwick Academy but this provides much more reason for optimism.”

Earlier this month, Coun Hill had expressed disappointment that investment for education and new schools in the draft budget was concentrated in the south and west of Northumberland, describing it as a north-south divide.

She had added: “Regarding Berwick Academy in my patch there could scarcely be a school in the country let alone the county in more need of investment.”

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Coun Gregah Roughead, member for Berwick West with Ord, said: “It is no big secret that Berwick Academy has has had problems over the years, so the pledge to build a new high school is very much welcomed and is something that has been long overdue.”

The former Academy student added: “Ensuring that Berwick’s young people receive a quality education to equip them with the necessary skills and qualifications they require for whatever it is they wish to go on and pursue in life is essential, and I am glad to hear that this is a vision the deputy leader of the council, Coun Wayne Daley has for education across all areas of Northumberland.”

Coun Catherine Seymour, member for Berwick North, added: “I am pleased that the council has budgeted for at last the long awaited funding for Berwick.”