Works at hall going ‘too slow’

Morpeth Town councillors have urged County Hall to speed up some essential works at the Town Hall.

At a meeting of the town authority’s Property and Asset Management Committee, members were updated about the progress of a few schemes that are set to take place in the building after information was supplied by Northumberland County Council officers.

Faithful+Gould has been commissioned to produce a design to try and solve the problem of blockages in the toilets.

This will require the ceiling to be lowered and all associated consents. In the meantime, drain rodding every four to six weeks will take place.

A new design for the glass entrance door has been proposed because a safety issue has been identified and it is under discussion with the conservation officer.

In addition, updated costs are being sought for some new external lighting after the town council said it would be willing to fund them.

But Property and Asset Management Committee chairman Andrew Tebbutt said: “The process for these schemes needs to be speeded up because these items have been on the agenda for at least six months.”

Coun Les Cassie added: “It’s frustrating that we have meeting after meeting with the county council and nothing concrete is being done, particularly with the glass door as it has been identified as a safety hazard.”