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On Wednesday, May 23 Coun Richard Wearmouth, chairman of Arch, the arms-length development corporation attached to Northumberland County Council, gave a wide-ranging talk to members of the society on its performance since a change to the council administration and how Arch has changed.
He began with a potted history of how he came from a position in the private sector to becoming chairman of Arch. He stated that he and other councillors discovered issues that needed resolution when the new administration took over.
The proposed move to Ashington from Morpeth for County Hall was cancelled and a whole host of other issues were addressed, like the restoration of free travel for 16-18-year-olds in education, something that would benefit Berwick-based students.
Coun Wearmouth said that a programme of activities is being implemented, for example the selling off of properties outwith Northumberland, the provision of affordable housing, and the link-up with other councils in appointing a mayor for the new North Of Tyne grouping.
Arch now embraces the Berwick regeneration activities, welcomes the link-up of the various groups established in the town, and embraces the Neighbourhood Plan. Coun Wearmouth also made reference to the proposed leisure centre/hospital building.
He fielded several questions from the audience on Arch and the council’s previous activities in Berwick-upon-Tweed as questioners had, in the past, had less than positive experiences when approaching these bodies in consultation on projects. He sought to reassure the audience on these matters.
Zoreen, Lady Hill, chairman of the civic society, gave the vote of thanks.