MASTER PLAN: Hope traffic is considered

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When Goosehill School relocates to Loansdean and takes the inevitable school-run traffic to and from the vicinity of the new school, it will reduce traffic flow at the traditional times in the Castle Square area of Morpeth.

It will be interesting to see what impact the long-awaited residential development on the former garage site at Castle Square has.

No doubt this has been looked into at County Hall, given that Telford Bridge has a big role in traffic flow in and out of the town.

It has long been a debate where an alternative bridge over the River Wansbeck would be built, particularly for times when there are delays in Dark Lane, which do happen.

Hopefully, the need for infrastructure investment is a part of the recent Morpeth master plan.

Given the way the library service in the county has been ‘run down’ in recent years, with reductions in funding, changes in building use and the loss of valuable staff, for those people who have expressed concerns about this, there is the temptation to say, “I told you so”, when concerns about how Active Northumberland has been run are expressed by Northumberland County Council, particularly in light of its impact on the service’s management and budget.

As with the review of Arch’s management approach, leading to a review of its approach to doing business, it will be interesting to see if the county council considers it still necessary to run the library service as an arms-length concern or whether it’s more cost effective to bring it back under central control.

Robert Pollard

Northbourne Avenue

Morpeth