Displays aim to keep visitors informed

Digital information boards to let visitors to Berwick know what is happening in and around the town should be in place soon.

Sunday, 13th March 2016, 10:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 10:28 am
The new digital information board to be put up in Berwick.

The poles have already been placed outside the former Berwick Advertiser office on Marygate.

Scottish Power has indicated that it will take up to six weeks for the power supply to be connected.

Councillor Gordon McLean told Berwick Town Council: “We’re hoping the scheme will be pushed forward and get done as soon as possible.”

The digital boards have been paid for with Berwick’s Portas funding at the instigation of community group Berwick Deserves Better (BDB).

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A post from BDB said: “Berwick Deserves Better is happy to say that at long last and a tough battle (almost 2 years) the digital community noticeboards awarded by Portas funding should be in place by Easter (fingers crossed).”

It is thought the boards could be used to put out notices of forthcoming events and tourist information.

BDB has noted that this role could become more important if the tourist information centre is relocated from Marygate into a revamped library building on Walkergate as is proposed by Northumberland County Council.

Mayor Hazel Bettison said: “I look forward to them starting. At least people will know where to look if they’re not sure where the TIC is.”

Up to three operatives will be trained on the use of the boards.

The only stipulation on their use is that they must advertise community events and anything else that benefits the town.

An exception may be guided walks which would be of benefit to tourists.

Important messages could also be relayed, such as weather warnings, while key events such as Riding of the Bounds and Minden Day would be highlighted.

Town councillors were also told that the amber lights can be dimmed or put on a timer if it is felt they are too garish.