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Wednesday 29 April – Two sides of the same coin

tesco2Yesterday I made another visit to Bedlington Market Place, and it has occurred to me that it may be worth trying to put into pictures the difficulties in the town centre, for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t made a recent visit.

So as is well known Tesco closed their prime centre of Front Street / Market Place store, and this is what it now looks like. As you can see, Tesco did a much smarter job of removing their logos and any indication of their existence than when they were trying to attract business into the shop. This is right in the centre of the town.

On the other side of the same Market Place is this eyesore. Known as the Barry Elliott building, it was the site of a garage and it was intended to be some sort of care home. But there has been a long running dispute between Mr. Elliott (who it should be said is well known in UKIP circles) and ┬áNCC planning – and various other issues too. In the mean time the poor residents of Bedlington have to walk past this mess day in, day out.

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By way of contrast, today I had to quickly grab some printer ink catridges, elections certainly burn though them. I was able to park outside WH Smith in Morpeth, nip in, nip out, well within the allowed 30 minutes on the parking restrictions right in front of the store. It will take a while before I am able to do that in Bedlington.

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