Tuesday, 15 December 2015

“It’s time local Conservatives like Councillor Bawn explained why they don’t want to see new schools and leisure facilities for Morpeth along with new jobs and services spread across our market towns? It’s a fair question that he keeps ducking

LABOUR SLAM TORY ‘DESPERATE TACTICS’ OVER NEW COUNTY HALL DECISION
Local Tory Councillor Bawn who has led the way on two failed ‘call ins’ on County Hall Decision urged to back new plans for KEVI and Leisure Centre for Morpeth on site

Morpeth Conservative Councillor David Bawn has been urged to stop playing politics with the decision to relocate County Hall from the current Morpeth site to a new location in Ashington and explain why he’s trying to block ambitious plans to build a new purpose built school for KEVI and a state of the art Leisure Centre. It also emerged that Councillor Bawn is a board member of the Trust that currently owns the land KEVI is situated on.  

Northumberland Tories have tried to block the Labour administration plans twice by ‘calling in’ the decision to relocate from the current site saving council tax payers £16.3m over the next 25 years and to relocate services and jobs back in the county market towns like Hexham, Alnwick, Berwick and Blyth. Both times the Conservatives have failed in their attempts to derail the ambitious plans for market town which will see hundreds of council jobs located closer to residents.



Councillor Grant Davey, leader of the Council and the Labour group said

“It’s time local Conservatives like Councillor Bawn explained why they don’t want to see new schools and leisure facilities for Morpeth along with new jobs and services spread across our market towns? It’s a fair question that he keeps ducking. We want to live within our means after savage cuts by Councillor Bawn’s Tory government – we’re seeing 36% chopped from our budget this year alone, yet Northumberland Tories whom we thought were led by Councillor Peter Jackson but seemingly are being led by Councillor Bawn are in denial. They’re opposing for opposition sake and it’s time they explained how they would tackle their own government’s cuts. We think moving out of County Hall which is too big for our plans to move jobs to our market towns, is a sensible approach yet local Tories seem to be intent on derailing plans to both save money and support our communities economically”.   
Notes for editors
  • The new smaller more cost efficient headquarters, which is financed on an invest to save basis, is set to save the council £630,000 each year, accommodate over 900 workstations over five storeys and bring in staff already based in seven different buildings in Ashington.
  • It will also enable more council staff to be based in towns across the county in one-stop shops, improving services for residents
  • The regeneration programme is ultimately aimed at generating around £365million into the regional economy
  • It will protect frontline services, transforming town centres, attract new jobs and accelerate the development of new infrastructure and quality housing.

  • It is an ‘invest to save’, project with the overall costs to the council over the next 25 years of a new build in Ashington £38.54million,
  • This compares to the £54.25million it would cost to stay at County Hall in Morpeth, which has had years of no or very little investment.”
  • The cost of the new building will be financed through the sale of the Morpeth site, savings from disposing of several buildings in Ashington and the reduced running costs of the new site.

We want to live within our means after savage cuts by Councillor Bawn’s Tory government – we’re seeing 36% chopped from our budget this year alone, yet Northumberland Tories whom we thought were led by Councillor Peter Jackson but seemingly are being led by Councillor Bawn are in denial. They’re opposing for opposition sake and it’s time they explained how they would tackle their own government’s cuts. We think moving out of County Hall which is too big for our plans to move jobs to our market towns, is a sensible approach yet local Tories seem to be intent on derailing plans to both save money and support our communities economically”.   
Notes for editors
  • The new smaller more cost efficient headquarters, which is financed on an invest to save basis, is set to save the council £630,000 each year, accommodate over 900 workstations over five storeys and bring in staff already based in seven different buildings in Ashington.
  • It will also enable more council staff to be based in towns across the county in one-stop shops, improving services for residents
  • The regeneration programme is ultimately aimed at generating around £365million into the regional economy
  • It will protect frontline services, transforming town centres, attract new jobs and accelerate the development of new infrastructure and quality housing.

  • It is an ‘invest to save’, project with the overall costs to the council over the next 25 years of a new build in Ashington £38.54million,
  • This compares to the £54.25million it would cost to stay at County Hall in Morpeth, which has had years of no or very little investment.”
  • The cost of the new building will be financed through the sale of the Morpeth site, savings from disposing of several buildings in Ashington and the reduced running costs of the new site.



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