Funding agreed for play park

Berwick Town Council has agreed to provide match funding of a minimum of £20,000 towards a project to upgrade Highcliffe play park in Spittal.

Thursday, 6th December 2018, 8:31 am
Highcliffe play area

At last Tuesday’s full council meeting, town councillors approved the recommendation made by the local services committee in October to support and help fund the project.

Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East on Northumberland County Council, has drawn up plans to upgrade Highcliffe play park by providing more play equipment and a Muga (multi-unit games area).

She has committed £25,000 from her small schemes allowance for the project.

Coun Hill told the meeting; “Other play parks in the area have been upgraded in recent years and this is the obvious gap.

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“Highcliffe play park serves a large area which is only going to grow with more housing planned.

“There is no Muga anywhere else nearby so this provides an additional, welcome facility for the children of the town.”

Last month, Coun Hill had voiced concerns about potential delays to the project because of internal issues at Berwick Town Council.

That followed a vote of no confidence in Mayor Brian Douglas and a subsequent walk-out of the full council meeting that was due to follow in protest at his continued chairmanship.

Many councillors were understood to be considering a repeat at further full council meetings, rendering them inquorate.

But Coun Douglas’ absence from last week’s meeting enable the council to press on and make a decision.