POLITICS: Masterplan would begin

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For a number of years Morpeth residents have felt increasingly ignored, and even disrespected, by their own county council.

The council has made sudden major announcements affecting the future of Morpeth apparently without a moment’s thought given to properly consulting the community.

One prime example has been the proposed relocation of County Hall and replacing it the with yet more houses and a retail park that I believe would cause severe damage to the town centre.

Under a Conservative leadership that would change.

If elected on May 5 we would immediately start work on a Morpeth Masterplan, a detailed plan of what the council will prioritise delivering on council-owned sites in the town. These include The Willows library site, the former fire station, leisure centre, Goose Hill School (if relocated) and car parks.

The little noticed Morpeth Forum, which is supposed to promote links between the town’s representatives and the council, would be given a full and proper role as a strategic partner in the Masterplan exercise.

In the spirit of “localism”, the plan would be produced in partnership with the people of Morpeth, not without them.

Well publicised consultations would present the feasible options for each site and residents invited to say what they want where.

We hope that Morpeth residents and other parties will support us in our pledge.

Richard Wearmouth

Conservative Candidate for Kirkhill