Just a few days left to sign Willows petition

The Willows and Beechfield House in Gas House Lane, Morpeth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

The Willows and Beechfield House in Gas House Lane, Morpeth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

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Time is running out to back a campaign to save two cherished Morpeth buildings from the bulldozer.

Fears have grown for the future of The Willows, along with its neighbour Beechfield House, in Gas House Lane, after Northumberland County Council announced plans for a ‘landmark riverside development’ on the land.

No detailed proposals have been unveiled, but Morpeth town councillor David Clark set up an online petition so residents could back efforts to save the frontage of these buildings.

The petition closes on Sunday. There are 294 signatories as of July 31.

Coun Clark said: “I recognise the financial considerations for the council, but the public interest must also be taken into account.

“There’s no reason that with a bit of vision, the facades of these buildings could be incorporated into a design for new community facilities such as a museum and arts hub.

“We’re also concerned at the prospect of the library being relocated to the much smaller premises of what is currently the Chantry craft centre.”

To read the petition in full and sign it, go to the Councillors and Democracy section at www.northumberland.gov.uk and click on Get Involved.