Investment shows town is '˜on the up'

Berwick residents have been urged to get behind mulit-million pound investment plans for the town.

Thursday, 5th January 2017, 09:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th January 2017, 02:49 am
Cllr Gavin Jones

The appeal was made by Cllr Gavin Jones and follows Northumberland County Council’s recent announcement of a proposed new leisure centre to replace the Swan Centre.

Cllr Jones, who represents Berwick North, said: “The new centre, coupled with a new hospital for Berwick, will see investment commitment in the town top £50million over the past three years.

“Our town has had its fair share of knocks over the years, but things are on the up and we need to rally around the positives.

“We’ve seen over £7million of investment in regenerating some of the difficult sites in the town over the past three years – Youngman’s Corner, City Electrical Factors, Kwik Save, Cowe Buildings, the Bingo Hall and most recently the announcement of St Aidan’s.

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“Whilst some people have campaigned against the regeneration, they cannot ignore the fact that new jobs and new economic opportunities are being created for Berwick residents and that surely has to be a good thing.

“With the council’s Market Town Initiative, which will see over 100 jobs and 30 services transferred back to Berwick, it’s clear that this investment has secured and will create hundreds of jobs for our town.”

He has also welcomed the start of work on a coach park on Chapel Street.

He said: “This coach park will provide additional tourist spend in the town centre, and represents action - the town has spent over 20 years talking about, but not delivering on a coach park.

“If the Chapel Street site is outgrown, then it’s a great problem for the town to face, as it will mean both the economic bonus of many more tourists, along with a business case for a bigger solution.”

However, he is urging Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust to ‘remove the pause on the redevelopment of Berwick Infirmary in 2017’.