COURT: Move it to County Hall

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Further to your article regarding the closure of Morpeth County Court, (Morpeth Herald, September 24), I can wholeheartedly endorse Coun Davey’s views that the County Court should remain in Morpeth.

Northumberland needs access to justice.

He points out that one of the major users of the court is Northumberland County Council for housing and child protection cases, and travel and officer time costs utilising the courts in Newcastle will be a burden on the council taxpayer.

Perhaps I can humbly suggest a solution that kills two birds with one stone.

Coun Davey is aware of a large under-utilised building in Morpeth which the court can occupy.

If we moved the County Court to the County Hall building we could deliver cost savings to the court system, provide access to justice in Morpeth, and make further use of the existing County Hall building, thus strengthening the business case for keeping County Hall operational and saving the council taxpayer the spiralling costs of the Ashington white elephant HQ.

Coun David Bawn

Morpeth North