Prior Park gets bags of help from Tesco

Prior Park play area in Tweedmouth has won a £12,000 funding prize which will help pay for a much-needed upgrade.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 17 March, 2016, 08:32
Councillors Karin Graham and Paul Hodgson test out the equipment at Grove Garden South playground (Prior Park)

It took first place in the Bags of Help initiative run by Tesco and Groundwork at its Tweedmouth store.

The scheme offers community projects a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

Berwick Town Council applied to the fund in December, with customers voting in store over the past few weeks.

Prior Park play park came out on top, winning £12,000, ahead of an outdoor learning area in Coldingham, which wins £10,000, and the play area in Hutton, which gets £8,000.

“It’s fabulous news,” said Cllr Karin Graham. “It just goes to show how the council is working well and we are delivering great things for our wards and Berwick.”

She had been keen to try to improve the park since joining the town council last July.

“I checked over the estate in detail when I became a new councillor,” she explained. “Grove Garden South Park was in a desperate state. I couldn’t believe the rust and broken equipment.

“Some things were replaced thanks to Emma Evans at Northumberland County Council, purely as a goodwill gesture, which was great.

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“After that, it was getting no further funding so I was on the lookout for any grant funding at all.

Cllr Paul Hodgson knew about the Tesco grant scheme so they discussed applying for the fund and he did all the paperwork.

“I understand there were 5,000 applications so we’re delighted to have won the funding,” said Cllr Hodgson.

“We now hope to get things moving as soon as possible.

“There are seats missing off the swings and some of the equipment is in a bad way.

“We’re particularly keen on providing something there for slightly older children.”

The town council is in the process of taking over responsibility for the park from the county council.