Business as usual for Wooler as footpath scheme starts

Wooler High Street
Wooler High Street

Pedestrian access to shops and businesses in Wooler will be maintained at all times while work is undertaken to relay pavements in the town centre.

Northumberland County Council is keen to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that it is business as usual for the shops on High Street and Market Place where the work is taking place.

The authority is working on a scheme to renew footpaths on these streets which have become uneven, and a trip hazard, particularly for the many elderly people who shop in the town.

A short stretch of High Street, between the Black Bull Inn and Glendale Pharmacy was closed to traffic on Monday and will remain so for the duration of the works which is expected to take four weeks. Barriers have also been erected for health and safety reasons, however shoppers will still be able to safely access shops, businesses and through fares on this stretch of the street at all times.

Once work to High Street is complete, a small section of work will take place to paving on Market Place. The road will remain open and temporary traffic lights will be put in place.

Northumberland County Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services said: “Every effort is being made to minimise the effects and duration of the work however there will inevitably be some disruption for local people. It is a necessary piece of work. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank the community of Wooler for their cooperation during this time.”