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SHELTER: Listening to common sense

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Well done to David Mash and all of the other Stobhill residents for lobbying to have the bus shelter just down from the turn off to Grange Road in Morpeth relocated, (Morpeth Herald, July 19).

The whole exercise will have cost a fair amount of money, from installing the shelter in the wrong place and then having to move it.

But at least, after a period of time, the decision makers at County Hall listened to the local residents’ concerns, which were common sense.

I agree with David Mash and his concerns about the Stobhill cycle path, but given the funds invested in the cycle path — I believe £650,00 was quoted — creating a new vision for Stobhill Bank to deal with issues caused by the cycle path may take some years to see the light of day.

To a victim of a crime, the reality of the crime is what they have to deal with.

To a significant percentage of people who may never be a victim of a crime, there is still the fear of a crime that might potentially happen to them.

Reporting a rise in reported crime in this area doesn’t help the people who have a fear of crime.

The statistics need to be matched with statistics on crime clear-up rates and conviction rates, as well as the numbers of crimes committed against the population numbers.

This is necessary to give a more balanced picture of how the police are doing in their fight against crime.

It could also determine whether the recent statistics should be leading the decision makers in areas of legal and social policy in this area to reflect on the decisions they made.

The idea of moving Morpeth Library to the Chantry has been considered more than once.

Before the move to Manchester Street and dividing up a collection or two, there were doubts raised about whether there would be enough space in the Chantry for the books to be both displayed and be accessible to members of the public.

Given the mistakes that I believe were made in the running of Morpeth Library in the past, for the sake of the library staff and customers alike, whenever the library moves from Manchester Street, I hope it is well planned.

There has to be a clear purpose and vision for the library, not for one year, but for five years and beyond.

The staff that are missed who left the library service can’t be brought back, but what made the old library a popular facility can be incorporated into a new plan for the next Morpeth Library.

It will be good news for the residents of Berwick that there are plans to build a new hospital.

The challenges for Berwick residents of visiting family in Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington and The Northumbria Hospital in Cramlington dwarf problems that Morpeth residents have for doing the same thing.

However, it will be interesting to see if the new Berwick hospital is far from the railway station.

If you had to be admitted to the hospital in Berwick and lived in these parts, given the nature of the bus service past Alnwick, if you hadn’t got a car available, you would be better off using the train.

We will see if the accessibility lessons that I believe were not picked up on after the Cramlington hospital was built are picked up with any new facility built in Berwick.

Robert Pollard

Northbourne Avenue

Morpeth