The refurbishment is mainly funded by £3million from the Government as part of a £64million infrastructure programme, but the project has been managed by Northumberland County Council.
Like many local residents I have been frustrated by delays to the project. Worringly the Council recently issues an order which allows for the closure of the bridge until the end of February 2016.
However, the Council promises that this is just a fall back measure against ‘unforeseen events.’
According to the Courant a County Council spokesman said: “The local community can be reassured work is still expected to conclude in November.”
I am writing to the County Council's Chief Executive this week to urge them to prioritise the works and ensure the November deadline is one they actually meet.