UNIT: Decision may prove costly

In 1970 my wife and I briefly met with the then Prime Minister Ted Heath for drinks.

Sunday, 14th April 2019, 6:22 am

An unyielding supporter of the Common Market, as the European Union (EU) was then called, Ted Heath seemed not to be able to smile when I told him of my humble opinion that the vastly experienced French President Charles de Gaulle was correct when he insisted that the United Kingdom should stay out of Europe.

And here is the UK today, and what a mess the UK and its Parliament are now in.

And what a mess Berwick’s town council is in for exactly the same reason, namely, that it made a decision not based upon experience, reality and commonsense, but based upon naïveté and a vague hope that it could rely upon other people.

“Council decides to sell unused retail unit”, stated the Berwick Advertiser (April 4). Why? Because our town council and its decision makers, when deciding to buy the roof-damaged Castlegate unit, entered a market about which they new little or nothing; and they entered the market, as the UK did many years ago with the EU, full of wind about how successful they would be.

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If the town council does not make an overall profit, taking into account legal and other conveyancing fees, advertising and other costs, and rates and water rates, etc, when it sells the unit, who is to pick up the loss?

Why, of course, not those who decided to gamble with other people’s hard-earned money to make the decision to purchase this, as Coun Karin Graham called it, ‘white elephant’, but the unfortunate council taxpayers.

“It’s not what we thought it was going to be,” said Coun Anne Forbes.

How right you are Madam. How right you are.

It’s an interesting money-raising proposal that some town councillors are now suggesting, namely to charge an entry fee for those who want to take a dip in the sea at Spittal on Boxing Day, (Berwick Advertiser, April 4).

As doubtless our learned councillors and their clerk know, the sea, of course, is a tidal water and thus the foreshore in that area belongs to the Crown, in effect, HM Government.

Doubtless, therefore, Berwick’s town council can evidence the official correspondence running between it and the Crown whereby permission to charge people to go into the sea has been granted by the Crown

E Sutherland-Loveday

Bridge Street