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Community Space at Storey Park

The Town Council are calling on any interested parties to join them in finding ways to continue to provide community space at the Storey Park site in Kirkhill which currently is home to the Storey Park Community Centre.

The building which is owned by the County Council but run by the Town Council on a long term lease has seen estimates as high as £800 for refurbishment works and £1.2m for a rebuild. The costs meant that we are having to consider demolition of the building, some parts of which are condemned, and a reconfiguration of their community space offer across the town.

That reconfiguration includes plans to refurbish the St James Community Centre and create a community café and function room at the Bowls Pavilion in Carlisle Park. Those works will commence early in 2020 and be complete in time for the summer.

The plans for Carlisle Park and St James have been well received and we are pleased to be progressing to the next stages so that we can offer community space in Morpeth that is fit for the 21st century.

The Council remains keen to find a way to continue to provide community space at the Storey Park site. We feel we can potentially find funds to provide some form of changing facilities for sports teams using the site however anything more substantial than that is incredibly challenging after failing in our attempts to attract Heritage lottery or Leader funding for the centre.

A number of parties have commented to say they would be interested in helping to take on the site but we are yet to receive a formal approach. We are now calling on anyone who is keen to do so to formally express interest in the building by 29th February 2020 so that we can have more detailed discussions on the building and its future. Those interested should complete the attached form and return it to info@morpeth-tc.gov.uk

Expression of Interest Form