Event organiser seeks Town Hall improvements

NEW short-stay parking provision could be considered for users of Morpeth Town Hall.

A request has been made for a drop-off bay to be provided outside the landmark building to be used by event organisers.

Members of Morpeth Town Council’s Property and Asset Management Committee backed the call and will pass it on to Northumberland County Council, which owns the building and is responsible for on-street parking.

Committee Chairman Andrew Tebbutt said: “I’m quite sure that most of us would agree with that request. There is a problem, but it is not within our powers to resolve it. However, it is a matter that we can refer to the county council.

“The obvious thing is to make provision for a loading bay and a disabled bay to the side of the Town Hall, but the taxi drivers might have to compromise in relation to that.”

Members said a space opposite the building could also be considered.

The call for a bay came in a list of suggested improvements for the venue from the organiser of a ceilidh.

The committee rejected a suggestion to change the roundabout between Bridge Street, Oldgate, Newgate Street and New Market, and members also said it would not be feasible to install an extension for a new kitchen.

“The cost of an extension to this building has been debated in the past and it would be colossal,” said Coun Tebbutt.

“We are aware that the refurbished building does not include a kitchen that is capable of creating hot meals.

“However, many other organisations have appointed caterers to bring in hot food.

“We had the Hollon Tea and the Mayor’s Ball where 100 people were fed with hot food with no problem at all.

“Naturally, we would love to have a fully-equipped kitchen, but we haven’t got one.”

The committee agreed to pass on the letter to the county council and express its support for a drop-off bay.