Chamber concern over vacant hotel

Morpeth street views.'Queens Head Hotel
Morpeth street views.'Queens Head Hotel

THE community has been urged to pull together to try to bring a derelict town centre site back into use.

Concerns have been raised at Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade about the vacant Queen’s Head Hotel in Bridge Street.

The historic coaching inn occupies a prominent site in the town centre, but has been closed for some time, with no sign of re-opening.

Chamber member Ken Stait said: “It might be good to try to put together a community-led initiative to try to oil the wheels a bit.

“We can also see if there is anything we can do as a chamber, and maybe get the town council involved and the county council to see if there is any way to get this open.

“It is really sad that we have got this great building in the town centre that is not currently being used as a hotel.

“It is a real shame.”

A recent workshop focusing on the town centre as part of the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan development process also identified the need to bring the building back into use as soon as possible.

Participants in the session, which included business representatives and local residents, were keen to see more high quality visitor accommodation in the area and also identified a need for a value family hotel.

Chamber member Charles Sellers said: “The Neighbourhood Plan workshop did identify that tourism accommodation in Morpeth is pretty limited. We have a strong B&B side to it, but as far as hotels go there is a strong need in the town.

“It is frustrating to see the Queen’s Head Hotel standing empty and not getting developed at all.”