Conservatives welcome County Council "cave in to pressure" over Berwick Portas funds


Conservatives in Northumberland have welcomed the commitment made by Steve Mason, the Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council, that Berwick will receive the remaining Portas funding of just short of £70,000.

Peter Jackson, the Leader of Northumberland Conservatives and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed had both called on the Labour administration at the County Council to ensure that the funds were not lost to the Town, after they pulled the plug on the troubled project last month. Now, it is understood that Steve Mason and the Leader of Northumberland County Council, Grant Davey will meet with Berwick Town Council to discuss and agree to fund a project of the Council's choosing. 

Peter Jackson said; "I am delighted that the County Council has caved in to pressure from ourselves and the public to ensure that Berwick will receive the remaining Portas money.  Perhaps, even they, could see how spectacularly unfair it would be to deny this to residents of the town given the tens of millions of pounds being poured into Labour's heartlands of Blyth and Ashington.  I now hope that no unreasonable deadlines are placed and that every penny is guaranteed and the people of Berwick are consulted on the best use of this money"