Contractors signed up for £2.5m Northumberland leisure scheme

Druridge Bay Community Centre in Hadston.

Druridge Bay Community Centre in Hadston.

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A £2.5million scheme to develop sports and leisure facilities in Hadston has taken a step forward with the appointment this week of contractors Bendcrete.

The proposed scheme involves extending the Druridge Bay Community Centre to provide additional leisure facilities and the development of a community park on the former middle school site.

The contractors that have been appointed this week will progress the community park element of the scheme through the consultation and design stage. Northumberland County Council allocated £2.5million towards this project in its 2014 capital programme.

An initial public consultation exercise took place last year which identified the two projects that local residents said they would like to see in their community. Views and comments from the public have been incorporated into the outline proposals.

The community-centre extension proposal aims to reinvigorate the current facilities by improving the layout to accommodate a new, more comprehensive range of activities and classes. It will include a new gym, areas for cardio and dance classes and new toilet, shower and changing facilities. The community park scheme is still to be consulted on but could include skate facilities, wildlife habitats and walking paths.

Northumberland County Council’s business chairman and local ward member Scott Dickinson said: “Local residents told us they would like us to develop the existing community centre and park. We will soon be consulting with residents again as we work to take these plans forward.

“By extending, refurbishing and reconfiguring the centre, it is our intention to breathe new life into the complex and provide much needed social and leisure activities for local residents and wider Druridge Bay community. By making improvements to the park we hope to provide a place that can be enjoyed by all ages of the community.”