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County Hall, the “Superschool” & County Council Assets in Morpeth

February 1, 2016 10:00 AM

Having concluded that the final decision was taken some months ago about the move of County Hall to Ashington, the Labour Leadership of NCC has now referred the proposal for examination by external auditors. In the meantime, the planning application for the new building in Ashington has been submitted.

Morpeth Town Council is unanimously against the move, but wrote a report exploring potential uses for the site, in order to ensure a "win win" situation that benefits both NCC and Morpeth. We concluded that any suggestion of moving large schools to the site was "perverse" - why do that when the focus of development for the town is to the north? Despite this, Labour went ahead with an expensive feasibility study for a "superschool" on the site but, at the NCC consultation day in the Town Hall in November, the people of Morpeth made it clear that the idea was not acceptable. We now believe they are considering other options for the site.

The Town Council has been working with NCC staff to prepare two public consultation days in relation to the County Council's various assets in Morpeth town centre. These will take place in the Town Hall, the first being on Saturday 20th February about services, and the second in April about sites. Individuals and organisations will be welcome to come along to put their point of view and learn about the possibilities and limitations. Hopefully, together we will be able to come up with an informed and effective plan for how and where.