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County Hall update

June 6, 2016 11:10 PM
By Joan Tebbutt

Northumberland County Council have issued a press release regarding the sale of their assets in various market towns, including Morpeth. They will be "testing the market" in relation to various key sites in Morpeth, including the County Hall site, so that they can ascertain not only the true value of the sites but encourage innovative and forward thinking proposals to meet the needs of the town.

Liberal Democrats on Morpeth Town Council pressed the County Council to set up a Morpeth Forum on NCC's assets and were instrumental in persuading them to set up two consultation events in the Town Hall. This has enabled the Forum to gather useful information about the community's views of what those needs are.

Liberal Democrats very much welcome the announcement that County will be working with Morpeth First School (Goosehill) as regards a new build on the County Hall site. We are interested to see what other proposals for the site will be.

However, the press release is wrong in one particular aspect. The King Edward VI Foundation Trust owns only part of the KEVI site and no part of either Middle School site. The decision not to move the High School and Middle Schools to the "superschool" on the County Hall site was made by the Directors (Governors) of the Three Rivers Learning Trust last November, as all parents/carers of their pupils know from the letters sent to them last week. This decision was made on educational grounds. The Foundation Trustees are landowners, not decision makers re the best educational interests of pupils.