Doing all it can in bad weather

MORPETH Town Council has insisted that it is doing all it can to create a safe passage to its community centres in bad winter weather.

Resident Susan Starkie wrote to the authority to raise concerns about people finding it difficult to get into Storey Park Community Centre from the car park when it was covered with snow and ice earlier this year.

At a meeting of its Property and Asset Management Committee, Deputy Clerk Angela Logan said: “When it snows, the caretaker will create a path through to the centre from the car park.

“However, he is also responsible for the St James’s Centre and does not have the time or resources to grit the whole car park.

“We could put in a grit box, but the issue would be that someone will need to lay it down.”

Committee Chairman Ken Brown said: “In our response, we will say that we do make a safe route to the centre in snowy weather.

“An arrangement is in place with the county council, which has the resources to clear the car park, but it has to give it a lower priority than clearing the highways.”

The committee also agreed to write to the county council to remind it about the arrangement and ask that the car park be cleared of snow and ice as soon as possible in the future.