Have your say on how Morpeth develops

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Have your say

A reminder regarding the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan.

The letters page of the Herald always makes for interesting reading with the variety of opinions that are expressed on a wide range of issues.

The ‘headline’ letters of the editions of February 28, from Dr Jared Johnson, ‘No New Homes to the south of Morpeth’ and, March 7, from Paul Walker, ‘Car users are to blame for the traffic problems’, are no exception.

They both make contributions to the debates and discussions that are taking place in the preparation of the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan.

By way of explanation, or reminder, this exercise has been initiated by Morpeth Town Council who were awarded ‘front-runner’ pilot status and have teamed up with the adjoining parishes of Pegswood, Mitford, Hebron and Hepscott to draw up a neighbourhood plan, under the Localism Act, which will effectively define how Morpeth and the surrounding parishes develop over the next 15 to 20 years.

Topic groups have been formed to look at housing, the local economy, heritage and environment and additional ‘cross-cutting’ themes have been identified of transport, infrastructure, education and sports and leisure as they are all interlinked with any proposed development.

A huge amount of work has already been done by volunteer members of the groups after the launch of the plan last October, but there is still a long way to go.

If you would like to find out more about the plan and/or contribute to any of the topic groups/themes (particularly if you have an interest or expertise in sports/leisure, transport or infrastructure) then please visit the plan website at www.themorpethneighbourhoodplan.org.uk or get in touch with me directly.

My contact details are available from Morpeth Town Council or on the website www.morpeth-tc.gov.uk

All opinions, contributions and feedback are welcome because this is our ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to develop our own plan.

Let’s not leave it to the developers!

GRAEME TROTTER,

Morpeth Town Councillor,

Vice-Chairman, Morpeth

Neighbourhood Plan

Steering Group