A Willows revival?

Old derelict buildings could be given a new lease of life as a base for council staff.

Last week the Herald reported on a residents’ campaign to save The Willows and Beechfield House in Morpeth.

The buildings have been described as a rare example of early Victorian architecture in the town, but in recent years they have fallen into disrepair.

A group has been formed to try to secure listed status for the properties in a bid to protect them from possible future demolition.

But Northumberland County Council, which owns the buildings, has confirmed it is considering bringing the premises back into use by staff.

A spokeswoman for the authority said: “We are currently exploring the options to develop The Willows and Beechfield buildings for use by staff.

“If an application to get the building listed progresses, we would need to look at the reasons and the implications for the council’s emerging plan.”