Cash not needed for new policies

NEW policies to improve the Morpeth environment should not need financial contributions, councillors have been told.

Morpeth Town Council agreed earlier this year to try to reduce litter, dog fouling and chewing gum mess in the area, as well as encourage moves towards becoming a plastic bag-free town.

However, when members of its Finance and General Purposes Committee met to discuss the financial implications of the decisions, they said it would be impossible without seeing detailed action plans.

Now the communications group has been tasked with considering the policies to make recommendations to the committee.

But council Clerk Gillian Turner advised that the policies are based on promotion, rather than direct action, and the only costs expected are for lobbying and letter-writing to encourage other organisations to take them up.