The Partnership has been working with the Town Council and local traders on long term plans to help Front St change with the times. Compared to other high streets in Northumberland, Front Street is thriving with lots of good independent shops but..

All the forecasts suggest that the number of retail outlets will decline over the next 10 years due to competition from online shopping. Some will buck the trend with a really distinctive offer or a personal service( you cant yet get a haircut online) and others will retain customer loyalty through really good service.

But it is likely that Front Street in 10 years time will have more cafes and leisure amenities, perhaps some offices and some more housing too. It needs to be a really great open space for people to meet up at all hours of the day and night.

Read more about how Front Street might change and let us have your views.

Read the working party’s ideas of what to do next, currently being consulted with shop keepers and others.

And come to hear Alan Wann, Director, Designe on his vision for Front St at our AGM on July 16th.