We are one community

Much is being said about the lack of investment in Bedlington at the moment and the Make a Noise for Bedlington group is getting a great deal of support from the local residents.

I have always said that Bedlington is one of the prettiest towns of its size in the county, the town centre and most of the approaches are something we should be proud of.

But that is where it ends.

There is a lot of talk as to what is to be done with the former Tesco store, the gap site, the old Village Infant School etc.

What about Bedlington Station? We are the forgotten part of NE22.

Bedlington is an affluent area yet Bedlington station is among the bottom ten per cent of the most deprived areas of the country.

East Bedlington Parish Council is doing its bit to breathe a little life into the area with its plans for the community centre in the old Co-op hall.

Our very own ‘gap site’, where the former Matty Robinson’s shop once stood, has been made into a pleasant rest area and walk through from the car park to the shops in Station Street, with the help of a local businessman.

The social landlord Bernicia is investing millions in tidying and improving its properties in the area.

The Burnside Estate Residents’ Group is doing its bit for the estate, with help from Bernicia, East Bedlington Parish Council, Northumbria Police and the Crime Commissioners Fund.

Bedlington Station is the ‘takeaway Mecca’ of Northumberland. Empty shop? Stick a takeaway in there.

There is talk of the railway station being re-opened, Wow! Yes, public transport links to neighbouring towns and Newcastle, but who will actually come to Bedlington Station? No one, people will leave to go to work or to go shopping etc and people will pass through ... period.

Bedlington Station will then get a large car park, if we are lucky.

Bedlington Station is long overdue a face-lift, derelict buildings need taken down and more must be done to tidy the place up and to give the children something to do.

NE22 should be as one community, not Bedlington and ‘the Station’.

Keith Scantlebury