Residents have their say on new Morpeth leisure plans

Residents were out in force to have their say on plans for a brand new leisure centre in the heart of Morpeth.

The state-of-the-art complex will also house council library and customer services - with a high-quality hotel and restaurant potentially completing the prestige riverside site.

Well over 100 members of the public called into the current leisure centre in Newmarket to talk about what facilities they may like at the centre and complete a survey on leisure provision in the town.

Council leader Grant Davey said: “This exciting development will give even more reasons for people to enjoy the vibrant shopping, leisure and cultural attractions of this historic market town and I’m glad so many people were able to attend and have their say.

“A lot of people were positive about the planned new facilities while there were also views expressed on everything from car parking to detailed questions on future library and leisure  provision in the town.”

Morpeth is also one of four Northumberland towns earmarked for new multi-storey car parks to make shopping and business even easier for the growing numbers of locals and visitors.

Cllr Davey added: "This administration is committed to reinvigorating all the market towns across Northumberland, via sound investments and creative use of restricted finances.

“For this Morpeth development we were determined to pursue proposals which were in the best long-term interests of not just Morpeth but of all Northumberland's residents - not necessarily plans which might have offered the most money immediately.”

People who were unable to attend the drop-in event can still complete an online survey via  and see more about the proposals here.
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