Issues are perplexing

The sad decline of Berwick appears to escalate and I fear it will be permitted to continue without assistance from a central government-led team.

Saturday, 7th January 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:00 pm

This situation could prove effective if it were to be initiated and backed by its indigenous populace, who are wearied over the requests for transparency by a single councillor, who should be treated with a lot more credit than has been given in the many demands for more transparency, not that I condone the attitude of the councillor.

With regard to a letter by Mr R White (Berwick Advertiser, December 8), I can empathise as I was one of several who were opposed to a change of purpose application in respect of property in Castlegate.

Not only was the objection lodged in writing, but I paid a personal visit to the planning officer.

Surprise, surprise, the planning permission was given – retrospectively, of course. If that is an example of bureaucracy and/or transparency, I and others will never know.

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Way back in 2013, after an unfortunate situation relating to my humble abode, I made an application to Berwick’s Four Housing and enclosed my birth certificate, parents’ marriage certificate and baptism certificate.

Another shock came in the form of a reply from Homefinder, unsigned of course, stating: “As you have no connection with Berwick-upon-Tweed you are not eligible for such accommodation.”

I was born in Coxon’s Lane, roughly this town’s centre.

I have been made aware of other local people who have been subjected to the same treatment. No one in County Hall or elsewhere can explain.

A repetition of ‘The Border Wars’ such as Flodden cannot be ignored as much accommodation is allocated to occupants who have no connection with Berwick, nor in some cases Great Britain.

I emphatically state that I am not a racist, but such issues perplex many.

Eric Allen

Berwick-upon-Tweed