Public should express view

Together, with a few other invited guests, mainly residents of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, I attended a meeting to discuss the future of the former site of the Windsor School.

My interest in this development is that I am a native of Newbiggin who attended the Windsor School and sent his children there.

The meeting was arranged by Arch a company owned by Northumberland County Council with responsibility for economic regeneration by investing in the communities in the county.

Newbiggin has made remarkable progress over recent years and is attracting private investment which is a complete turnaround from where we were a few years ago.

The more private investment we attract, the greater is the potential value of our homes and properties.

If the Windsor site is thoughtfully developed, this can benefit everyone.

Newbiggin has always produced many talented and successful people, but one of the reasons that they tend to leave the town is because of the lack of suitable up-market family accommodation, little of which has been built in the last 80 years.

Providing modern family homes for our successful children and grandchildren would help everyone because they would bring their talents, their expertise, their disposable income and their commitment to the community.

There is also a need for attractive private apartments, enabling older members of the community who do not want to leave Newbiggin to downsize, thus bringing larger family homes into the market.

The Windsor School site is probably the most attractive coastal site anywhere in Northumberland and with some imagination and understanding of what our community needs, we can improve the well being of everyone.

It is imperative that the people of Newbiggin are not shy in expressing their views when Arch present their plans for public scrutiny.

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