Council looks back on memorable year

MORPETH’S local authority is looking forward to another busy year following a successful 2012/13.

In his annual report, outgoing Mayor Mark Horton looked back on the many events and activities involving the town council, including some memorable one-offs.

It had its most successful year to date in the Northumbria in Bloom competition and despite the backdrop of public austerity across the country, it delivered all planned projects and services within its budget.

Coun Horton said: “This has been an especially enjoyable year for me, particularly when the town shared in the nation’s celebrations for the 2012 Olympics, including our leg of the Torch Relay, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“Locally, we have also celebrated the lives of Admiral Lord Collingwood, with the official unveiling of the Collingwood Bust in the Town Hall, and Emily Wilding Davison.

“Working with our partner organisations, Morpeth excelled again this year in Northumbria in Bloom by winning a Gold Award for the Best Town for the seventh year running. We even won the Best Overall Entry prize.

“We were also entered into Britain in Bloom and came away with a Silver Gilt. Although it was not the Gold, this was still an excellent result and we look forward to competing in it next year.”

He added that the council receives many compliments from residents about its organisation of the Remembrance Day parade and services and the town’s Christmas Lights.

And one of its most important activities in the next 12 months is further developing the neighbourhood plan, which will include asking the public for their suggestions.