Council HQ move debate rumbles on

County Hall in Morpeth.
County Hall in Morpeth.

Labour county councillors in Ashington are calling on Tory politicians to follow the lead of one of their high-profile supporters and back the potential move of the authority’s HQ.

Earlier this month, we reported that a decision on the relocation of County Hall from Morpeth to Ashington has been put on hold, with a new report due later in the year. Conservative Group leader Peter Jackson described the situation as ‘a disaster from start to finish’.

But with well-known Tory supporter and businessman Sir John Hall backing it in his role as chair of the Ashington Town Team, Brian Gallacher, councillor for the town’s Haydon ward, said: “Sir John Hall knows when to leave politics at the door for the good of communities and it’s a pity his passion for economic change isn’t matched by the county’s Tories.”