Delight as town status is set to be recognised

A COUNCILLOR who has battled to get Newbiggin recognised as a town once again, has welcomed a decision to return it to its original status.

Newbiggin has been officially recognised in a key document produced by Northumberland County Council.

Coun Alan Thompson has been campaigning for almost two decades to have his town’s former status within Northumberland restored after a 1994 decision by the local authority to downgrade it to a ‘secondary settlement’.

He said the downgrade of Newbiggin was a real hammer blow to the residents of the town almost 20 years ago.

“We’ve been campaigning for two decades but at last ... Newbiggin has been given the direction and future it deserves,” he said.

“The brilliant new beach is testament to what can be done in the town if the political will and imagination is there.

“We have real community spirit here and it’s helping to make the town a desirable place to live.

“Having the council backing the town can only be good news and will hopefully see further investment for tourism, homes and jobs.”

The county council’s core strategy document promises support for development in Newbiggin, which allows the town’s role as a hub for services to be maintained and strengthened.

The strategy also refers to the town as an important community and contributor to the local economy.