Town does deserve more

Berwick certainly does deserve better than the existing facilities it still has.

Friday, 8th July 2016, 08:00 am
Updated Thursday, 7th July 2016, 10:21 am

Many are attracted to some lovely gardens, carefully tended by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic ‘green fingered’ horticulturists. This was evident on Saturday, June 18 when Castle Vale, aka The Lily Pond, became something of a focal point.

However, on my return from Duns by bus, a bystander asked “can you tell me where the nearest public facility is please?” I suggested the rail station only a few yards away.

The old expression ‘first looks always count’ sprang to mind as I made my way to my nearby house.

Two bench-type seats placed each side of the rail station entrance would be a welcome boon for visitors arriving at Berwick before boarding a bus to the Border country or North Northumberland.

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At a time when new LED (Light Emitting Diode) street lighting is to be phased in, or so I’m told by a councillor, I doubt that two substantial seats would “break” the Bank of Northumberland.

However, on Monday, June 20, in between rain showers, I went to a Castlegate shop. Very noticeable was a puddle of water concealing a three inch drop due to a missing ‘toby’ (utility inspection pipe cover) outside a property in Railway Street.

Sadly, it’s been missing for almost two years. Councillors walk past it on a daily basis.

What does one do? Life still goes on in Berwick.

Eric Allen

Berwick upon Tweed