Shops urged to work together to make a stronger community

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A NEW sense of community is being encouraged in Morpeth’s main shopping streets.

The Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade will be appointing ‘lead members’ for areas of the town to encourage all business to have a say in what’s going on.

Representatives will be chosen in Oldgate, Newgate Street, Newmarket and Bridge Street to discuss concerns and observations with other businesses in their area, regardless of whether they are chamber members or not.

Reports will then be given to the chamber’s monthly meetings to highlight any issues for attention.

Chamber member John Beynon said: “It is trying to have little communities around the town.

“We know that Newgate Street has a very strong community, Oldgate is expanding and there are a lot of things going on there, and it will be the same in Newmarket and Bridge Street.

“There will be somebody from the chamber in each area who businesses can talk to about their problems, or positive things going on, and they can be brought back to the chamber.”

Chairman George Williams added: “We don’t like gripes, but if any business has them and tells us what they are, we will try to resolve them. It might be that we are banging our head against a brick wall and can’t improve the situation, but we will try.”

The initiative follows a successful arrangement between the chamber and a Newgate Street Traders group a few years ago to work together, even though some businesses were not members of the chamber.