Dismay over half a job on pavements

Wooler. Picture by Jane Coltman
Wooler. Picture by Jane Coltman

Wooler’s county councillor has expressed his dismay after discovering that work to relay pavements in the town centre will only be half a job.

Last week, we reported how Northumberland County Council is working on a scheme to renew footpaths on High Street and Market Place which have become uneven, and a trip hazard, particularly for the many elderly people who shop in the town.

But yesterday, Coun Anthony Murray said: “I’m desperately sorry about what the county council is doing in Wooler. They are making a superb job of what they are doing, but they are not going to do the whole job.”

He explained that on Tuesday, he found out that the section of High Street to be relaid only runs from Market Place up to Butler Court on one side and Glendale Road on the other, leaving a long stretch untouched, which he says has been suffering anyway since the Co-op moved to the other end of the town centre.

Coun Murray continued: “I know it’s a costly exercise, but I think they could have done the whole lot in one go.

“I hope as many people as possible will get in touch with the county council and tell them what they think about it.

“The lads working on it are doing a fantastic job, creating as little disruption as possible for people. They are doing it really well but it’s awful to think they are only going to do a part of it.”

A spokeswoman for the county council said the authority intends to do the whole job – but in two phases.

She said: “The work to renew footpaths in Wooler town centre is taking place in two phases with phase one taking place at present.

“It is our intention to renew the rest of the footpath on the High Street during phase two of the work, which will take place in the next financial year.”