Have your say on location for proposed big project in Berwick

The three Northumberland county councillors covering Berwick-upon-Tweed are seeking residents’ views on potential sites for the new Maltings.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 5:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 4:01 pm
From left, Coun Georgina Hill, Coun Gregah Roughead and Coun Catherine Seymour.

Catherine Seymour, Georgina Hill and Gregah Roughead have lobbied for the town to be selected for major investment for a new theatre, cinema and conference centre as part of the emerging Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.

The £394.5million initiative is backed by both Westminster and the Scottish Government.

The Borderlands Partnership area is made up of Northumberland County Council, Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council,.

Each local authority area has been asked to put forward one major project for the first round of funding.

In Northumberland, The Alnwick Garden will receive £5million for the Lilidorei Play Village project, but the main bid is for in excess of £15million to create a new theatre, cinema and conference centre in Berwick.

The town’s county councillors are now seeking opinions.

County councillor for Berwick North Catherine Seymour, on behalf of the trio, said: “We are optimistic that our bid will be successful and are delighted that Berwick, which for over 40 years under previous administrations has been neglected and starved of investment, has been identified as the main potential beneficiary of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal in Northumberland.

“We would like to hear residents’ views on where they would like this new theatre and conference centre to be built to feed into the process and for our business plan.

“Would residents like the current Maltings site to be refurbished and expanded, to enhance the whole look of the town centre, or prefer a brand new site?”

Contact the county councillors by email as follows: [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]