Alley will be finished by New Year

ALLEYWAY works in Morpeth town centre should be completed for the New Year, traders have been told.

Improvements have already been made to the alley next to T&G Allan, between Newgate Street and Sanderson Arcade, with funding by county councillors and the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade.

But while a painting, new lighting and a new ceiling has been installed, there is still more work to come.

Six more paintings have been commissioned by artist Ivan Webley, a map will be erected and there will be illuminated signs at either end of the corridor to promote Newgate Street and the chamber.

Business leaders were also told that more lighting can be installed if necessary following comments from chamber member Geoff Proudlock that the alley is still too dark.

Chairman John Beynon said: “We didn’t want to put a lot of new lighting in and then find we didn’t need it, but all of the cables are in so whenever we want to put more lighting in the facility is there.”

Member Les Sage said there may be no need for additional lighting and warned that extra lights may make the paintings more difficult to see due to reflections.

The work is expected to be completed by January and the illuminated signs should be up in time for the Christmas shopping period.