MP calls for A697 closure crisis talks

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP

Residents and the business community in north Northumberland have reacted angrily to a two-week closure of the A697 at Milfield.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP and county councillor Anthony Murray, who represents Wooler, have called on Northumberland County Council to meet locals to discuss the concerns they have over the roadworks which started on Monday.

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The daytime closure of the road has led to considerable upheaval and expense for businesses along the route, with diversions via Doddington and Ford. They had expected fair warning of the closure in order to make plans and many have contacted Mrs Trevelyan and Coun Murray in frustration that there was no liaison.

Mrs Trevelyan said: “I am calling on the council to meet urgently local residents and business-owners to find out what went wrong and how the situation can be improved. These upgrade works need to go ahead, but we had all hoped they would cause minimal disruption to the community.”

Coun Murray, who is also a Wooler Parish councillor, said: “If the new wider machinery being used means that single-file traffic is not possible, highway repairs will have to take place at night.”