Council HQ move debate rumbles on

County Hall in Morpeth.
County Hall in Morpeth.
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Labour county councillors in Ashington are calling on Tory politicians to follow the lead of one of their high-profile supporters and back the potential move of the authority’s HQ.

Earlier this month, we reported that a decision on the relocation of County Hall from Morpeth to Ashington has been put on hold, with a new report due later in the year. Conservative Group leader Peter Jackson described the situation as ‘a disaster from start to finish’.

But with well-known Tory supporter and businessman Sir John Hall backing it in his role as chair of the Ashington Town Team, Brian Gallacher, councillor for the town’s Haydon ward, said: “Sir John Hall knows when to leave politics at the door for the good of communities and it’s a pity his passion for economic change isn’t matched by the county’s Tories.”