Portland Park Site Ashington

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

I write to you under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would be grateful if you could furnish me with the following information;

1. How much has been spent by Northumberland County Council and Arch to date 12th March 2018 on the Ashington town centre site?

2. Following the cancellation of the HQ move from Morpeth to Ashington has an agreement been made with the principle contractor Galiford Try to alter the contract? If so how much has been spent by Northumberland County Council and Arch on altering the contract?

3. How much money has been made available to fund the new vision for the site as consulted upon in September 2017?

Yours faithfully,
S Black

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 3851  

Dear Enquirer,

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

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Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 3851   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to spend on
Ashington Town Centre.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

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The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
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Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.

Q.1 How much has been spent by Northumberland County Council and Arch
to date 12th March 2018 on the Ashington town centre site?

A.1 As at the end of February 2018, £9.7m  has been spent on Portland
Park plot development and road, drainage and utility infrastructure works.

Q.2 Following the cancellation of the HQ move from Morpeth to
Ashington has an agreement been made with the principal contractor
Galiford Try to alter the contract? If so how much has been spent by
Northumberland County Council and Arch on altering the contract?

A.2 The contract with Galliford Try has been varied  to exclude the
build of a new HQ but continue with infrastructure works and a sum of
£1.4m  has been agreed as the loss and expense settlement amount.

Q.3 How much money has been made available to fund the new vision for
the site as consulted upon in September 2017?

A.3 NCC are awaiting the outcome of feasibility work being currently
being undertaken by Arch prior to considering specific funding for
development of the site.

  
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Northumberland County Council
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NE61 2EF

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Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator - Central Team
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk