Leaking roof at Castlegate unit preventing its use
Repairs still need to be carried out before a retail unit bought by Berwick Town Council earlier this year can be used.
The unit at the entrance to Castlegate car park, vacated by Deyn’s Deli last autumn, has been a tourist information centre in the past.
It was purchased by the town council in March with a view to potentially providing a tourism offer.
Local resident Michael Stewart had asked Berwick Regeneration Commission if the building would be occupied in the current tourist season.
Gareth Davies, town clerk, replied: “The building is still under repair because it leaks like a sieve and smells of damp.
“It is difficult to get a building contractor to complete all the work. It’s a busy season for them and it’s a small scale job.
“As soon as it is finished, we will be in a place to continue our discussions with Northumberland County Council about what tourism provision looks like in Berwick. The building is available if it is required – once its roof doesn’t leak – but we’re not going to pre-judge the conversations.”
He added: “If it’s decided it’s not for needed for tourist informsation it will go back on the open market.”
The town’s current tourist information centre is currently provided by Northumberland County Council on Walkergate alongside the library but concerns have been raised that it is in area of low footfall and is not particularly visible to tourists.
In addition, the Coastal Communities Team are working on what the future offer should be.