Northumberland County Council

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Vinson Lord Vinson Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to Northumberland County Council about that authority’s plans to relocate its headquarters from Morpeth to Ashington, and in particular the impact of the move on residents of remoter urban and rural areas of that county; and, if so, in what terms.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

We have made no such representations as such decisions are for Councils themselves. If Northumberland County Council have decided to relocate their Headquarters, they will have to answer through the ballot box for the decision and the impacts it will have on the people of Northumberland.

Councils should consider the potential savings to taxpayers from better property management, whilst also carefully considering the public's access to frontline services.

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