Floral gateways could be improved in Berwick

Ways of improving gateways to Berwick with changes to floral and plant displays are to be explored.

Friday, 16th November 2018, 12:09 pm

The entry points via Scremerston and the Ramparts roundabout have been described by clerk Gareth Davies as ‘either aesthetically nor practically pleasing’.

Mr Davies, in a report to Berwick Town Council’s neighbourhood services committee, stated: ‘Part of the image of any town is established by the first impressions visitors form, which can be a combination of the aesthetic and the practical.

‘The principal entry points to Berwick are via Scremerston and via the roundabout at the Ramparts (the Northern Gateway), along with the two entry points off the A1 to the west of the town.

‘These gateways are neither aesthetically nor practically pleasing. Whilst welcome signs are haphazardly deployed, they are not well presented or well decorated.

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‘In an ideal world these gateways would provide both a warm and pleasing welcome to Berwick, and useful up to date information about (for instance) parking availability or forthcoming events. In reality, even simple changes to planting and floral displays would be better than the current arrangements.’

Councillors agreed to authorise officers to discuss it with Northumberland County Council officers and report back on the options.