COUNTY HALL: A key issue for local elections

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The Government has announced a ‘holding direction’ on Northumberland County Council’s decision to allow the demolition of County Hall.

The news was met with massive celebration countywide as so many people see the moving of County Hall as a Labour political project and a huge waste of money.

The council has more or less admitted the project will cost £80million, ten times what it would cost to refurbish the current building.

The Government’s announcement is likely to make the elections on May 4 a proxy referendum on the County Hall move, with the Conservatives’ pledge to stop the move and all other parties supporting the move in one way or another.

And how apt would it be if by trying to shore up support in the south east of the county, Labour ended up handing the Tories their first majority in the history of the council?

Jack Gebhard

Sylvan Close,

Morpeth