Need for bridge ‘can’t be ignored’

Coun Bob Robertson.
Coun Bob Robertson.

Northumberland County Council should take into account the future need for a second Morpeth bridge when it comes to its future plans for a key site, according to a Morpeth councillor.

Earlier this summer, the administration at County Hall announced that was testing the market for the Riverside in the town centre.

This includes the former library, the Willows, Beechfield and Bungalows buildings and the Terrace car park.

Coun Bob Robertson believes the only feasible plan for the county council when the time comes, given that the Chantry building is on the other side of Telford Bridge, is to construct a bridge that would start from the northern edge of the former police station site and run parallel to the McCarthy and Stone retirement accommodation currently being built.

At a meeting of Morpeth Town Council, he said: “As Morpeth will have hundreds of new residents over the next decade with all the new homes being built, a second bridge will be needed at some point and it will have to go through the Terrace car park.

“Therefore, the county council must keep this in mind when making decisions on the future of the Riverside site.”