Old library site set to provide new parking for Christmas shoppers

02 Nov 2017

Morpeth’s old library site is set to provide some festive cheer for people visiting the town in the run up to Christmas.

The council’s planning team is due to determine an application to demolish the derelict building and clear the site this week - with the cleared area then being made available for temporary car parking.

Subject to planning approval, the old flat roofed former library building will be demolished, with work lined up to start from the week beginning 6th November. The mature trees on the site will be retained, with the exception of two trees both of which are dead or dying and which will be felled for safety reasons as part of the works.

It will take several weeks to clear the buildings and leave a hardstanding area that will be left open so it can be used for informal car parking.  When the work is complete it will be made available for immediate use, to support the town during the busy pre-Christmas period.  

Cllr Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said,  “The old library site forms part of the riverside development area which is currently being considered as part of the wider Morpeth masterplanning exercise.  This exercise will look at how best to redevelop key sites around the town to meet local needs and boost the local economy.

“Whilst this work is progressing we are pleased to put the site to some positive use - supporting businesses in the very important pre-Christmas period.”  

Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council said:“This now derelict building is in very poor condition so demolishing it will both make the area safe and ready for future development for the benefit of the town, but also provide short term support by way of some extra informal parking capacity.”

Councillor David Bawn, local ward member said:  “I think it’s a great idea to make some positive use of the site, so we aim to complete the work and make the site available by the beginning of December.”

The Willows and Beechfield will not be affected by this work.