Town square plans are put on hold

An artist's impression of what the new Cramlington Town Square could look like.
An artist's impression of what the new Cramlington Town Square could look like.

Plans to transform an open space in Cramlington have been put on hold.

Cramlington Town Council had drawn up proposals to create a space for public events and activities around the war memorial in the village square.

The aim was to improve the square so residents and community groups could enjoy more events as well as bring more people into the heart of the village.

However, following consultation with residents, the plans have been put on hold while alternative options are considered.

Chairman of Cramlington Town Council Jean Whisson said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to feed back to us.

“We’ve taken into account both the supportive views and those who say they do not support the idea.

“Given concerns raised, we are going to withdraw the plans but we will be looking at alternative options.

“Cramlington has expanded rapidly in recent years and with a growing community, it’s only natural to have a place to bring people together.

“Despite looking at other locations none offer a real practical alternative.

“We know from events held last year there is limited space, and won’t be able to hold anything in the square as it currently is.”

Mark Swinburn, who saw 2,000 people sign his petition against the plans, said: “Whilst I am very pleased they have put the plans on hold, the fact they claim not to be able to find any other practical alternatives is deeply worrying.”

“We need the Council to confirm that this area is to remain as the commemorative gardens and memorial area that were gifted by Lord Ridley in 1922 and that they will not become another ‘development area’.

“We need them to actually listen, and act on, what the people want.”