Play park to benefit froma much-needed upgrade

A dilapidated play park on the Prior Park estate in Tweedmouth is set to get a £30,000 equipment upgrade.

Saturday, 20th August 2016, 07:53 am
Councillors Karin Graham and Paul Hodgson test out the equipment at Grove Garden South playground (Prior Park)

Berwick Town Council unanimously agreed to provide £18,000 and go out to tender for the project at Grove Gardens South at its meeting on Monday night.

This will be supplemented by a £12,000 prize won through the Bags of Help initiative run by Tesco and Groundwork at its Tweedmouth store.

Cllr Karin Graham, member for Grove ward, said: “The park desperately needs to be upgraded.

“The £12,000 funding from Tesco and now a further £18,000 from Berwick Town Council is fantastic. It will be amazing for the park.”

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The current play equipment consists of a swing, a rocker and a climbing frame recently repaired by Northumberland County Council.

“Some of the equipment there at the moment is 40 or 50 years old,” revealed Cllr Graham.

Berwick Town Council recently took over the freehold of the park from the county council.

Cllr Graham and Cllr Paul Hodgson have had meetings with play park experts and local residents to discuss options.

They are particularly keen that something is provided for older children and it is also hoped to provide some disabled play equipment.

“We have a plan in place but we’ll have to await the outcome of the tender to see exactly what we can do there,” said Cllr Graham.

Meanwhile, long-awaited work on the installation of play equipment at Flagstaff Park is due to start on August 27.

The work has been delayed in recent weeks for drainage works and while paperwork was completed by Historic England.

Cllr Gordon McLean said: “We’ve been waiting a long time for this. It’s been derelict for 25 or 30 years. It’s something this town needs, both for residents and visitors.”