Northumberland County Council says its goal is to safeguard jobs.
“We are simply having informal discussions with a range of potential partners on how we can deliver services more efficiently...but we need to be clear that this is only one of many options we are considering."
Business owners in Cannon Park are angry at council plans to redevelop the area and turn it into a shopping complex. They could be forced to move their premises to another part of town. A council meeting will take place today and proposals are expected to be put out to public consultation.