Traders pledge to fight hard for town business

A MORPETH traders’ group is preparing to fight harder for town businesses.

And its re-elected Chairman John Beynon is confident of building on what he believes was good progress in 2010.

He was the only nomination for the role at the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade AGM, receiving 19 votes for and five abstentions.

During the meeting, he said: “Because of what has been going on in Morpeth in the last couple of years, we have been seen by some residents as more of a community organisation, but with the difficult economic times continuing, we have to work even harder to help Morpeth businesses as that’s who we represent first and foremost.

“This means we have to be stronger in saying this is our main aim as an organisation.

“We will also continue the drive to recruit more members and get more members along to our meetings and actively involved with our activities.”

Mr Beynon listed the Chamber’s achievements last year, including efforts to secure funding for improvements to the T&G Allan alleyway.

Work will start soon on installing artwork to accompany the new lighting and talks are on-going about having illuminated signage directing people to Newgate Street.

He said progress has been made with taxi drivers, Newgate Street traders and promoting Morpeth, and closer relationships have been formed with Morpeth Town Council and the Greater Morpeth Development Trust.

“I think we have managed to move the Chamber forward in the past year, but I have always seen this as a two-year term to carry out all the things I want to do. Some really good ideas have been put forward by members and I hope this year will be a successful one for us,” he added.

Sanderson Arcade Centre Manager Debbie Anderson was elected Vice Chairman. She was the only nomination and received 19 votes for and five abstentions.

Mr Beynon said: “Debbie is full of energy and has some fantastic ideas. She will push very hard to get things done for the benefit of the Chamber.”