Friends put forward their vision for park

A preliminary vision for the future of a Tweedmouth park has been prepared by the Friends of Five Arches.

Thursday, 12th April 2018, 15:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th April 2018, 12:39 pm
5 arches, home of Tweedmouth Amateurs

The future of the park has been a matter of controversy over the past 12 months with the Friends opposing Tweedmouth Community Football Club’s redevelopment plans.

Friends chairman Denise Shearer said: “Its inherent features are different but Five Arches public park has the potential to become as integral to the south of the Tweed as Castle Vale and Coronation Park are to the north.

Coun Robert Bruce, centre, with concerned residents at Five Arches in Tweedmouth.

“There is a long-standing feeling that Berwick itself tends to be overlooked within the county, possibly because of its distance from other centres of population.

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“This kind of general disgruntlement can be reflected within the town –Tweedmouth and Spittal are peripheral and somehow less important than areas north of the river.

“Overall, an opportunity is surely presented at the present time to provide Five Arches public park with a clear identity and purpose, and to ensire its long term viability for the people of Tweedmouth and beyond.”

The Friends’ vision calls for the park to remain in full public ownership and for sports or other facilities to be freely available to everyone except where a licence or short-term lease is granted for exclusive use on specified days.

Coun Robert Bruce, centre, with concerned residents at Five Arches in Tweedmouth.

Last year, plans to redevelop the Five Arches playing field received the backing of Berwick Town Council. Councillors believed Tweedmouth Community Football Club’s plans offered a great opportunity to improve sports facilities in the town.

The club, currently playing in the Border Amateur League, wants to redevelop the pitches it leases from Northumberland County Council.