Assets are the envy of all

MORPETH is the envy of Northumberland for its public assets, a councillor has said.

Members of Morpeth Town Council’s Property and Asset Management Committee were told that the authority currently holds assets to the value of £1.2million, including public facilities such as playgrounds and halls, as well as historic articles, paintings and civic treasures.

The committee was presented with a spreadsheet detailing all of the items, along with estimated replacement and refurbishment dates where necessary.

Members said that it was down to investment and good management that the council boasted such a strong register.

Committee Chairman Andrew Tebbutt said: “We have consistently followed a policy that has been non-political for many years that ensures our assets are about adding value to Morpeth.

“We should be proud that we are handing over to whoever forms the new council an asset register that is properly managed and has the proper level of funding behind it so that if we do have problems we know we can find the money. That is very important.

“All of the councillors deserve some credit for sticking to some very good policies.

“Undoubtedly, we are the envy of just about every other medium sized town in Northumberland.They could, over so many years, have been like Morpeth. We have spent a long time getting to where we are now and there have been various people involved over the years.”

The register will be reviewed annually.