Council review of options for town buildings

An authority is looking into the possibility of fully taking on a community asset in Morpeth.

There have been discussions between Morpeth Town Council and Northumberland County Council about the former getting the freehold of the whole Storey Park Community Centre building.

And now, as part of the base budget review, the town council’s property and asset management committee will give detailed consideration to taking over responsibility for the playing field and changing rooms in the park.

This would involve discussing a comprehensive plan with the county council, including a financial provision for upgrading the facilities.

Town council clerk Gillian Turner said: “It’s important to look into these matters in detail because the costs of taking on the playing field and changing rooms could be significant.”

As for the Town Hall, the committee will give further consideration as to whether the building could be a venue for conferences by developing a business plan that would include the issue of car parking.

If these proposals are progressed, discussions would take place with the county council to provide some reserved (or at least not time-constrained) parking when such an appropriate event is held.

Management of the space could be maintained by the provision of a car park pass valid for one day only to pre-booked delegates.

In addition, the town council currently employs external contractors to provide a number of services and a review will take place to find out if this is the most cost-effective way of delivering those services.