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Spittal play park is getting new swings

Darcey Learmonth with older brother Corey who wrote a letter complaining about the state of Spittal play park is now happy to see the swings back.

Darcey Learmonth with older brother Corey who wrote a letter complaining about the state of Spittal play park is now happy to see the swings back.

New swings are being installed at Spittal play park but unfortunately the work won’t be finished in time for this weekend’s gala.

The absence of swings at the park has been a major disappointment to young visitors over recent months.

Replacements have been funded by Councillor Jim Smith using his small schemes allowance from Northumberland County Council.

He was told of the problem at a meeting of the Berwick Deserves Better campaign group.

When repair work started last week it was hoped it would be finished before hundreds of children descend on Spittal for Sunday’s main gala day.

However, the council has only been able to install the cradle swing for smaller children.

A council spokesman said: “The new cradle swing is now installed and fully operational. New specialist safety surfacing has to be installed under the second swing, and we are hopeful that the manufacturers will be able to do this by around mid-July.

“We know that people will be disappointed that this is taking some time, and would like to assure them that we are doing everything that we can to get the work completed as soon as possible.”

The adjacent splash park has been in full working order since being switched on at the end of last month.

However, concerns about the state of the public toilets were raised at a meeting of Berwick Town Council.

Spittal resident Brian Flannigan complained that nothing had been done to rectify the problem since he raised it at the council’s annual meeting three months ago.

He said: “We get thousands of people coming here every summer but I’m approached on a daily basis by tourists looking for decent toilets. The current facilities are a disgrace.”

He also called for the council to make more of Spittal’s potential.

“We have a great beach here - all it needs is a tractor and trailer to go up and down it clearing away some of the debris,” he said. “It shouldn’t be left to the local residents.”

Councillor John Robertson said it was an issue for Northumberland County Council.

Spittal Improvement Trust has submitted a Community Right to Buy bid for the Venetian pavilion.

 

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