County Council announce plans for Cramlington
February 7, 2022
New Northumberland County Council plans are set to be developed looking at a range of improvements for Cramlington including the town centre.
An initial pump priming sum of around £50,000 is planned to be invested, subject to full county council budget approval, to create a range of masterplan design options, with a particular focus on development opportunities around the Manor Walks shopping complex.
It will also explore some wider ideas about creating the UK’s first ‘Green Town’ which incorporates improvements to the existing cycle network and confirm the second biggest town in the county as the greenest and most healthy.
The shopping centre in the middle of the town dates back to the 1970s, although it has expanded considerably over the years, most recently in 2013.
However, the county council and partners feels more could be made of land to the south of the centre and is set to commission architects to revisit some ideas to “re-imagine” the area, with suggestions including environmental improvements, a performance area or a market square.
Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, Cabinet Member for Business, said: “Cramlington is a bustling town with a popular shopping offer but the infrastructure was built in the 1970s and we’re keen to develop a blueprint of how the town centre and wider area could look in the future.”
Cramlington Village County Councillor Mark Swinburn, speaking on behalf of the Cramlington members of Northumberland Count Council, added: “Our town has so much to offer both residents and visitors but we’re always striving to see how things could be improved further.
“Having a fresh perspective on what could be achieved here and wider in the town will help us develop a blue-print for the long-term prosperity and environment of Cramlington.”
Cramlington Town Council welcomed Northumberland County Council’s commitment with this initial investment that they hope will lead to the implementation of further proposals to improve Cramlington’s retail offering and re-enforce the Town Councils ‘clean and green’ ethos.
Town Clerk Bob Baker added “Cramlington is the second largest town in Northumberland in terms of population but by far the largest contributor to the County Council’s finances in respect of the level of council tax and business rates it generates.”
“We hope the funding for feasibility studies will lead to substantial investment in the town centre and the wider public realm which we believe has been underfunded for too long in comparison to other Northumberland towns.”
Attached photo shows Cramlington county councillors outside Manor Walks shopping centre