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Getting best deal for Alnwick from Borderlands

Delegates at the Borderlands event at The Alnwick Garden Pavilion.
Delegates at the Borderlands event at The Alnwick Garden Pavilion.

A brainstorming event has been held to explore opportunities and address the key themes within the Borderlands Growth Deal and which could benefit Alnwick in the longer term.

The event at the Alnwick Garden last week attracted more than 40 participants from 18 different organisations, along with residents, traders and town council members.

Delegates at the Borderlands event at The Alnwick Garden Pavilion.

Delegates at the Borderlands event at The Alnwick Garden Pavilion.

Ideas have also been flooding in from people in the Chamber of Trade and others who could not attend the event. In total, more than 100 people contributed ideas that will make a real difference to business growth, productivity, quality of place, innovation and skills, broadband, energy and transport in Alnwick and the Borders.

Linda Wood-Mitchell, representing event joint-organisers Loving Alnwick, said: “It far exceeded our expectations and some excellent ideas have been flagged up. Now we need to present these ideas to Northumberland County Council to demonstrate that Alnwick does not want to be left on the side-lines of the deal.

“We want to be key players going forward to help to bring transformational change to Alnwick for its residents, traders and visitors.”

The organisers are currently co-ordinating a report which sets out the ideas discussed. It will be available on the Loving Alnwick website in due course http://www.lovingalnwick.btck.co.uk

If you missed out on this event but want to be included in any future events, leave your details in an email to lovingalnwick@gmail.com.

Anyone wanting to learn more about Borderlands can visit www.borderlandsgrowth.com.