A campaign set up for residents to make their opinions heard about the declining state of their home saw almost 2,000 people join a demonstration.
Residents gathered in Bedlington market place on Saturday for the ‘Make a Noise for Bedlington’ campaign, that is protesting at the decline of the town through a lack of investment by Northumberland County Council over the last two decades.
We feel totally overwhelmed and humbled by the support we had from the people of our town however we really shouldn’t be surprised by it. Bedlington people are proud and passionate about our townMake a Noise for Bedlington founder Wendy Reed
The campaign group, formed on social media only three weeks ago by local residents Wendy Reed and Brian Goodfellow, has gained overwhelming support from the community.
Concerned about the lack of investment in the historic Northumberland market town, the residents feel that for years their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.
Wendy said: “Residents have watched helplessly as the county council has invested in much needed new leisure, retail and tourist facilities in surrounding towns but failed to provide such support to Bedlington.
“In an attempt to make their voices heard once and for all, the residents gathered together in an overwhelming show of community spirit and as the bells of historic St Cuthbert’s Church chimed noon they released a cacophony of noise which it was hoped could be heard in the County Council chambers at Morpeth.”
She has now made an appeal to the county council to hold an open and frank meeting with the town’s residents in order to listen to their concerns and also their ideas on how the community see the future of the town.
“We ask Northumberland County Council to openly share with us the plans being drawn up by their development company Arch,” she added.
“We ask them to carry out full, public consultations with this community before decisions are made about the future of our town so that together we can regenerate and revitalise Bedlington.
“We feel totally overwhelmed and humbled by the support we had from the people of our town, however, we really shouldn’t be surprised by it.
“Bedlington people are proud and passionate about our town.”
For more details of the Make a Noise for Bedlington campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.facebook.com/MAN4Bedlington @MAN4Bedlington