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Community Governance Review – Morpeth Parish Boundaries

Morpeth Town Council has requested that a community governance review be carried out to consider whether four areas of land should be moved from neighbouring parishes into its jurisdiction for the following reasons:-

  • ‘it believes that current parish boundaries are out of date and do not reflect the current development of the town
  • Morpeth is a hub and provides services enjoyed in full or part by a wider population. It should, therefore, seek to ensure that in so far as is practical and sensible it recovers the cost of providing these services by those who use them.
  • It is appropriate that those living in what all disinterested parties would regard as the Town of Morpeth should pay precept to the Town Council of Morpeth.
  • It is appropriate that those living in what all disinterested parties would regard as the Town of Morpeth should have political representation in being able to vote for Town Councillors who are responsible for those services.
  • The Town Council of Morpeth is in a position to provide the services to the new estates at a better cost to the taxpayer by utilising economies of scale and the NEAT Team.
  • By divesting the rural parishes of the burden of maintaining the services to the new estates there would be less budgetary pressure on the parishes and less requirement for them to raise their precept.
  • The fundamental injustice of one section of the town’s inhabitants paying less for the services used by (in some cases their immediate) neighbours through the accident of a Victorian field line would be resolved.’

Comments to be submitted in writing by 28 February 2020 to: –
Community Governance Reviews, Democratic Services, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF or by e-mail: cgreviews@northumberland.gov.uk

Please see documents linked below:
Community Governance Review
Terms of Reference
Map 1 – Morpeth Proposed Changes – Hebron and Mitford
Map 2 – Morpeth Proposed Changes – Hepscott
Map 3 – Morpeth Proposed Changes – County Divisions