The South Morpeth Collation states in its objection to the County Hall plans that it strongly supports the need to provide an alternative site for Morpeth First School (Goose Hill).
It also objects to the suitability of the council’s plan to use the land at County Hall for this purpose.
I totally agree with both points in the objection.
However, I felt even more opposition to this plan when I read the excellent report from Tom Smith, of the Morpeth Flood Action Group, highlighting the drainage problems that would result from it.
The applicant states that as part of the works, the existing foul water sewer will need to be diverted around the proposed building. The proposed foul water sewer will connect into the existing diverted sewer.
Mr Smith says this means the existing 225m foul sewer serving homes in Southgate Wood, Southgate Mews and Somerly Wood being diverted and replaced by a smaller sewer, 150mm in diameter. The smaller sewer is specified to carry the existing waste, with the additional waste from the proposed school.
This system is currently working at maximum capacity, even before more waste would be added. I fear that this will result in sewage surcharging next to the proposed school. This plan could cause drainage and raw sewage problems if implemented.
As a local resident I’m extremely concerned about this, and I’m sure the parents of the children who would go to the school will share my concerns.