DEVELOPMENT: There's much to consider
Town buildings should be in use and not empty, so long-time residents of the town can continue to see the name of the business that operated there decades before as it is the local tradition.
Now we are faced with continued threats of out-of-town retail development to the north and south of the town.
I do hope that the Chamber of Trade and the town’s councillors continue to remind County Hall that there is more to retail in Morpeth than you can see when you get out of your car at Next and go in for a coffee after a busy day.
In an ideal world, you could keep Goosehill School in a central location, for example by using the existing school site and the old police station site to build a new school.
If the new school is to be built on the County Hall site, it will be interesting to see how the local authority and the developer can work together to reduce car reliance for parents to take their children to school as that new school would equate to a significant number of car journeys.
Yes, they would be to an area that would not have county council staff, but given the attention given to the health and fitness of the young, some thought is needed before the photo opportunities at a newly opened school.
Some time in 2017 the new road linking the Pegswood bypass with the A1 will be completed.
Given the cost of the project and the sacrifice of valuable greenfield land, I hope the road becomes popular and well used.
When you travel through Morpeth by road from the entrance to County Hall in the south of the town over the Telford Bridge, through the town, up to Lancaster Park and to Fairmoor, you end up passing quite a number of junctions and areas of road where increased traffic demand will require further investment to make needed improvements.
Hopefully, our county councillors reflect on this as they sit from time to time in their cars in traffic in Morpeth.