Northumberland County Council to close Morpeth HQ

Northumberland County Hall County Hall was built in 1981

Related Stories

Northumberland County Council's headquarters in Morpeth is to close and the land will be sold off in a bid to cut costs.

The leader of the labour-led council said the building is "extremely expensive to run" and the authority needs to save £130m over four years.

Its 1,000 staff will be dispersed to nine other offices around the county.

There are fears businesses in Morpeth will suffer when workers move away.

Councillor David Parker, from Morpeth Town Council, said: "The 1,000 staff are known to shop in Morpeth, at least occasionally if not regularly.

"The town is inevitably going to be affected by this, there's no way it can't be."

The council said there will be not be a consultation on the issue.

The sale will be gradual and the money saved will safeguard jobs, the council said.

Councillor Grant Davey, leader of the county council, said the building uses about £450,000 a year in energy costs.

He added: "The internal renovation to bring it to a decent standard for people to work in would be over £10m, according to our property portfolio people.

"We will be taking advice as to whether the best option would be [selling it for] commerce or housing."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Tyne & Wear

Weather

Newcastle upon Tyne

16 °C 14 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Delays on Metro 09:12:
  2.  
    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

     
  3.  
    Patchy light rain 08:43: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A murky start, with extensive hill fog, low-level mistiness and perhaps some patchy light rain. Although most areas will then become dry and brighten up, it will stay rather cool and cloudy throughout.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F). Check today's forecast near you.

     
  4.  
    Scottish referendum 08:30: Charlie Charlton BBC Newcastle

    We're at Newcastle Central Station this morning discussing tomorrow's vote on the Scottish referendum.

    I'm with Fergus Hewison, our political reporter, looking at what both sides of the campaign have been saying.

    Fergus Hewison and Charlie Charlton
     
  5.  
    Gutierrez thanks fans 08:13:

    Jonas Gutierrez has thanked fans for their support after revealing he's being treated for testicular cancer.

    The Newcastle midfielder says he has had an operation in Argentina to remove his left testicle after the discovery of a tumour.

    Jonas Gutierrez

    The 31-year-old is now undergoing chemotherapy. Gutierrez tweeted: "Thanks for all the messages. Always looking forward."

     
  6.  
    Top headlines
     
  7.  
    Traffic building 08:07:

    The A1032 in Middlesbrough over the Newport Bridge is closed in both directions between Cannon Park Interchange and the A1046 Haverton Hill Road junction because of the continuing bridge repainting.

    There's also heavy traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound between the Hexham turn off in Blaydon and the Dunston Interchange in Gateshead. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
  8.  
    Good morning 08:00: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.