Ignore public at huge cost

In my opinion, the consultation meetings regarding the new Berwick Infirmary were a complete waste of time and money.

Saturday, 15th September 2018, 9:00 am

I believe they were simply window dressing and that the decision had been taken long before the first meeting was held.

I would remind Northumberland County Council that the last time it ignored the public, a considerable sum of public money was wasted. I refer, of course, to the Chapel Street coach park.

The people have made it quite clear that we want two separate units.

It is my view that unless the infirmary is equipped with a minimum of 30 beds and an A&E department, it is a complete waste of time and money building it.

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However, if the powers-that-be go ahead and build a combined leisure centre and infirmary, and when it is completed it is found to be a complete shambles, are they prepared to refund the money out of their own pockets?

If they are not then they should abide by our wishes.

In closing, I would suggest that at the next General Election, every adult should abstain from voting. I am sure our MP would make the Government aware of the situation and it would want to know why.

The answer is simple. In my opinion, north Northumberland is not a democracy and the powers-that-be run roughshod over us, giving us what they want to give us, not what we want.

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