BUSINESS: Waiting to hear some new ideas

A few weeks back, the letters page carried a proposal that Morpeth needs a plan for retail following the rejection at ballot of a Business Improvement District (BID) for the town, (Morpeth Herald, August 30).

Thursday, 27th September 2018, 9:00 am
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2018, 6:02 pm

Six months have now passed since the rejection of a BID for Morpeth.

In that time, a few projects have been delivered, such as the Chamber of Trade’s Fair Day and Golf Day, Northumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom.

A two-day Food and Drink Festival will go ahead in October, and Christmas Lights will be switched on in November.

Some events, such as Summer Music in the Market Place, the annual Economy Health Check, and a few others will, however, not take place due to a lack of funds and resources.

The Morpeth Business Awards, which normally take place in October, have been deferred until spring 2019 and their scope may be revised.

There are a number of ideas for new events that would help to improve our local economy, but again these will not be delivered because of a lack of funding and resources.

Throughout the lead up to the BID Ballot, Vote No To BID campaigners promised to come forward with ideas for raising funds for projects in the town.

We are still eagerly waiting to hear what those ideas might be.

In the meantime, the ‘usual suspects’ will continue to do what they can to help with our local economy with their limited finance and resources.

Ken Brown

Chairman, Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade