Fight goes on for services

A reply to the open letter from Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, (Berwick Advertiser, October 4).

Friday, 12th October 2018, 9:00 am

Further to your open letter to us, we are grateful to you and the chief executive Daljit Lally for listening to us and residents of Berwick and are delighted that the new hospital will now be built on a separate site to the new leisure centre.

In your letter, you refer to how we have been persistent in making representations and lobbying for investment in Berwick since our election in May 2017.

You, too, have been clear in your recognition that Berwick has been neglected for far too long and has received next to no investment for over 40 years before that point.

We hope that you and your administration will continue to work with us as we strive to usher in a new era of delivery for Berwick.

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As well as the new hospital, we are delighted that Berwick is getting a £20million new state-of-the-art leisure centre and a 3G pitch.

Funding has recently been won for other projects, including those which will boost tourism in the town, and there are other exciting and positive developments in the pipeline.

We are also particularly grateful for your backing for our current bid, through the Borderlands Growth Deal, for major funding for a new theatre, cinema and conference centre for Berwick.

In terms of the new hospital, we would also appreciate your further help in our continuing fight for better healthcare services for our residents, and in our representations to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust to:

• Look again at the number of beds planned at the new hospital.

• Consider what additional services and extra care facilities could be now provided at the new site.

• Consider what extra funding could now be released in addition to the £25million.

• Urgently review the distances residents have to travel for a range of healthcare facilities, much of which would seem entirely unnecessary and routine and for matters which should be dealt with at our local hospital or GP surgeries.

Coun Georgina Hill

Coun Gregah Roughead

Coun Catherine Seymour