Time for the council to act

I read with interest Coun Seymour’s call for the public to contact her regarding the future use of the public land adjacent to the GWA offices (Berwick Advertiser, April 11).

Friday, 19th April 2019, 9:00 am

I have done so and thank her for putting the question to the public.

In 2011, Northumberland County Council drew up plans for a six-bay coach park on the site.

In 2013, the chairman of the chamber of trade stood side by side with the then Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate Scott Dickinson and declared it to be an ideal site for a coach park.

In 2013, my campaign petition for the land to become available for community use, with a preference for it to include a coach park, attracted over 1,000 signatures from members of the public, including the then Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

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A further 105 town centre retail businesses, including 15 national chains, representing 95 per cent of all town centre businesses (some now closed) wanted the same.

The answer to this simple question has been given comprehensively.

I thank Coun Seymour for kicking the important question of a coach park out of the long grass.

I suggest that private enterprise has done well out of this town in recent years and that it is time for Northumberland County Council to do something that costs very little for the community at large and for town centre businesses.

David Blackburn

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