Editor’s comment: Sanity, not vanity

SINCE its first issue, we have argued that extravagances like the monthly county council magazine ought to be where the axe falls when budgets are tight, before essential services are even considered.

While it is important that people know how to access services and are kept up to date on new developments which affect them, we say there is no room for this kind of glossy self-promotion.

The proposal to limit Northumberland News to a quarterly publication available to pick up, rather than incur huge costs posting it to every address in the county, is a step in the right direction. Making it available online is also a sensible, lower-cost alternative to print.

However, this should have been done from the beginning, rather than spending over £250,000 on a slick vanity publication few people wanted or read.