Councillors will take a fresh look at move project

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PLANS for a local authority to move to a new location have been put on hold for a few months.

Ponteland Town Council is looking to re-locate from the Meadowfield Industrial Estate because many residents face a long walk to the building and parking is limited for those who travel by car.

It has received planning permission to build an extension to the Memorial Hall off Darras Road so it can provide offices and meeting rooms and at its latest meeting, approval was required to obtain firm prices from a quantity surveyor in order to find out how much the project would cost and to carry out a cost benefit analysis.

But given that it would cost thousands to progress the scheme, some of the councillors elected in May asked to look at it in detail for themselves.

Coun Richard Dodd said he wanted to be absolutely sure that the Memorial Hall option is the best one for the authority.

It was agreed to defer the decisions regarding the current project until September. In the meantime, councillors will examine a few other premises to find out if they are now available and whether any of them could be a viable alternative.

The Memorial Hall plans would involve demolishing the existing single-storey rear extension and constructing a new two-storey extension with toilet facilities. The increase in floor area would be in the region of 220 square metres.

If the council decides to go ahead with the scheme, it would need approval from the Northumberland Association of Local Councils. The final stage would be applying to borrow the bulk of the funding from the Government through its Public Works Loan Board.