Petition extended on County Hall closure proposal

THE deadline has been extended to sign a petition over the proposed closure of County Hall.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Northumberland County Council’s Administration was proposing to sell the authority’s Loansdean headquarters and move staff into smaller town centre bases across the county.

Morpeth Town Council warned there would be serious consequences of such a move and set up a petition seeking clarifications and assurances.

It had been expected to be discussed at next month’s county Petitions Committee, but officers say they need more time to consider the issues and it will not go to the committee until July.

As a result, the petition will remain open until May 31. To date, 457 people have added their names.

Coun David Parker told members of Morpeth Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee: “The county council has realised that it is unable to respond to the petition at the committee in April because it needs to do a lot more work. I find that quite interesting.

“This means we can encourage more people to sign because I’m quite sure that there are people out there who still aren’t aware of it.”

The petition calls on the council to publish all evidence that closing County Hall would be in the best interests of residents, undertake a full business case assessment, include the site in local development plans, meet key stakeholders to mitigate the impact and discuss the proposal with the Morpeth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

It can be found online at