Bare land ‘needs action’

CONCERNS have been raised about a bare piece of land in Morpeth town centre.

And there are calls for some planting to be carried out at the former Davidsons of Morpeth site in Goosehill in time for the summer.

The company moved to new premises in Coopies Lane at the end of 2008 and subsequently its old facility was demolished.

Since then, the amount of rubbish and weeds has been building up and now moves are underway to find a temporary solution before major events such as the Olympic Torch Relay and Britain in Bloom judging take place.

At a meeting of Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee, members were told by Deputy Clerk Angela Logan that a Northumberland County Council enforcement officer is trying to bring about the implementation of improvements to the site via contact with the landowners, even though it may not be compulsory for works to be carried out.

The unitary authority’s regeneration department is also involved in the efforts.

The committee agreed to put forward its preferred action to the county council, which is that the site is cleared, some topsoil is put down and wildflowers are planted.