Talks on town square plans are extended

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.

Consultation on controversial plans to pave over a village square is to be extended.

Cramlington Town Council is looking to improve the area around the war memorial.

The plans include removing the raised flower beds and extending the paved area so residents and community groups can enjoy more public events and activities.

Officials at the council say previous events in the square have raised health and safety issues, which could impact the number of people able to attend future events, including Remembrance Sunday.

They also say the proposals have received support from Northumbria Police.

Council chairman Jean Whisson said: “Cramlington has expanded rapidly in recent years and with a growing community, it’s felt we need to have a place to bring people together and also attract visitors.

“Without improvements to the Village Square we are in danger of not being able to hold even the small number of events we have in the past.

“We are listening to the issues raised, as well as the supportive feedback we have had.

“We will now extend the consultation period, develop amended plans that take into account any concerns and we will have an open event for people to come along to.”

Opponents have criticised the plans, with more than 1,000 people signing a petition calling for the plans to be scrapped or amended.

They have hit out at the proposals to pave over the green space around the memorial, saying it will have a negative impact on the town square.

For more information on the council visit www.cramlingtontowncouncil.gov.uk