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Newark Advertiser letter: Urgent life-saving surgery needed

I have just seen the video of David Lloyd talking about the Newark High Street Action Zone project.

I was brought up in Newark, and although I live in Aberdeenshire, Newark is still my home. I try to visit as often as I can. I try to be positive about the town, but I find it very difficult to be.

The town centre has gone beyond the state of decay, but it can still be revived.


The Market Place is vastly under used. Two years ago, when I was down, there was a vintage car rally held at the grounds of Newark Rugby Club. Why? What was wrong with the town centre?

Why is Northgate Retail Park more busier than the town centre?

Why are there no buses on a Sunday?

Why do business’s find it difficult to trade in the town centre? Businesses are being given parking tickets ­— absolute nonsense.

The present town council needs to shoulder the blame, but the decay has been going on for years.

I grew up in Newark and back in the Fifties and Sixties it was safer to go out at night than it is now.

Newark is not dead, but it really needs emergency surgery.

It still has potential, but that potential needs to be realised. ­— Edward Frank Bartlett, via email.

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