New body set up for town

A development trust has been launched to help boost Newbiggin.

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 8:47 am
Updated Thursday, 11th August 2016, 9:49 am
Site of the former pubs The Railway Inn and The New Dolphin, Front Street, Newbiggin

The new body has been formed to further the ‘ambitions for the town’ in partnership with the Town Council.

The Newbiggin Development Trust Ltd is the brainchild of the Chair and the Vice Chair of Newbiggin Town Council, Stuart Todd and Malcolm Peddon.

The trust will look to work with organisations and businesses interested in helping develop pockets of the town to ensure it is a better place to live, work and visit.

A spokesperson for the newly-formed Trust said: “We think the creation of a body that can concentrate solely on developing and promoting the interests of Newbiggin is a much needed next step in pursuing the interests of our town.

“It will focus on working in partnership with all interested parties who want to see the town thrive both economically and socially.

“In the first instance both Stuart and Malcolm have agreed to act in official positions until new officers have been appointed and a range of local persons appointed.

“Several local business men and women have expressed their interest in joining the Trust.

“No remuneration will be paid to any director and our focus will be purely ‘not for profit’ with our focus on the economic and social ‘profit’ for our residents and businesses alike.”

The new body has already identified a number of projects which it says would generate new opportunities for residents and businesses. One may be the creation of a 250 acre wetlands to encourage migratory birds around the site of the old Woodhorn Church.

Newbiggin is the second busiest place on the flightpath of hundreds of different breeds of birds and the Trust believe that a wetlands site could create an environmental haven which would attract thousands of visitors to the town.

The vision would see 250 acres of land which were formerly part of the redundant power station site returned to high environmental standards and new facilities added to allow thousands of new visitors to the town.