Ness Gate shelter receives a makeover

Repair work on Ness Gate shelter, a popular spot near Berwick's town walls, has been completed by Northumberland County Council.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 13 May, 2016, 07:54
Community groups and councillors unveil the refurbished Ness Gate shelter

The matter of disrepair was raised by Cllr Alex Gibson of Berwick Town Council, citing a derelict roof, peeling paint work, graffiti and vandalism.

The shelter is a feature of the Lowry trail that runs through the town. It allows visitors to experience some of the hidden gems of the town, which the artist discovered on his many holidays in Berwick.

With views looking out across the river to the sea and towards Holy Island, the shelter is an important feature for the local community – often used as a spot for painters, sightseers, and bird watchers.

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Cllr Valerie Tyler of the county council, said: “We want to support our town and parish councils to maintain and further improve the quality and distinctive vitality of our market towns. Berwick is a town with important historic legacy and we believe it is important to protect that heritage by maintaining buildings and features such as the Ness Gate shelter, a site of both local and historic importance.”

Cllr Gibson added: “I am delighted that repairs to Ness Gate shelter have been completed. The feature is part the distinctive character of the town itself, much valued by the residents of Berwick. Its renovation ensures that locals and visitors can continue to enjoy the spot and its fantastic views for years to come.”

The repairs were funded and managed by the county council and the works were undertaken by Tweed Landscapes.