Important works to be carried out at a community facility in Morpeth have been identified by Northumberland County Council.
Areas of concern at Storey Park Community Centre – including the deterioration of roof coverings, high levels of damp and flooring issues – were found in a condition survey that was carried out for Morpeth Town Council, which has managed the main building since 1998.
The authority has been in discussions with the county council for some time about the possibility of taking over the freehold and full management of the site. The Northumberland authority is also in talks with the Rector of Morpeth, Rev Simon White, as to the surrender of the lease for the side of the centre belonging to the church (Morpeth Parish).
Now the town council has received a spreadsheet put together by officers at County Hall detailing the actions required at Storey Park
Gillian Turner, Morpeth Town Council clerk, said: “Most of the points raised on the spreadsheet were flagged up by our surveyor so there is a level of agreement about what needs to be done.
“We are arranging a meeting with the county council officers to discuss the relevant issues as a matter of urgency.”
Meanwhile, the town council has decided to move to a Hyprolyser water treatment system for the paddling pool in Carlisle Park. It will be installed for the start of the 2016 season.
The system converts ordinary salt into chemicals and so it will be safer for the operative, who currently has to handle barrels containing the required sodium hypochlorite. In addition, as salt will be fed into the machine, the authority will no longer have to wait for the chemicals to be transported to Morpeth.