'˜Groundhog Day' scenario is unhelpful

A Berwick councillor has stressed the importance of the planned Kwik Save redevelopment in light of the looming Jus-Rol closure.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 12 February, 2016, 11:15
The former Kwik Save site

Councillor Gavin Jones has also reaffirmed his support for the planned coach park on Chapel Street.

Both schemes have planning permission despite significant local opposition.

On the plan for offices on Walkergate, Cllr Jones said: “My focus as ward councillor is to take a balanced view to achieve the best outcome for the town. I will not be chasing Arch away without a fully funded better alternative opportunity.

“When I spoke at the planning committee where members voted unanimously to approve this application, I acknowledged sympathy for some of the ideas for the site.”

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At the time, he called on opponents to bring forward a fully-funded alternative.

Responding to an open letter from David Blackburn, one of the main protesters, he added: “Assuming that you have no fully funded alternative use for the site, I hope that you can join me in welcoming the fact that the Kwik Save site regeneration represents: 1. the end to one of Berwick’s derelict sites; and now; 2. a retention, with opportunity for growth, of 100+ jobs in Berwick, at a very challenging time for us.”

Responding to the views of tour guide Derek Sharman (page 13), he added: “I am disappointed the delivery of the Chapel Street coach park has been subject to delay. Without it, we will struggle to market our town as coach friendly. Coach park Groundhog Day is unhelpful. My focus is to deliver a coach park this year.”