Major revamp work starts at town play space

Steven Robson from contractor LMS, Cllr Peter Robinson, Green Spaces Officer Emma Evans, Cllr Robert Arckless and Amble mayor Craig Weir  watch the work being carried out at the paddling pools in Amble.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Steven Robson from contractor LMS, Cllr Peter Robinson, Green Spaces Officer Emma Evans, Cllr Robert Arckless and Amble mayor Craig Weir watch the work being carried out at the paddling pools in Amble.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A long-awaited transformation of a dilapidated play space in a seaside town is underway.

Work has started to demolish the old paddling pools at Amble Paddlers.

Steven Robson from contractor LMS, Cllr Peter Robinson, Green Spaces Officer Emma Evans, Cllr Robert Arckless and Amble mayor Craig Weir  watch the work being carried out at the paddling pools in Amble.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Steven Robson from contractor LMS, Cllr Peter Robinson, Green Spaces Officer Emma Evans, Cllr Robert Arckless and Amble mayor Craig Weir watch the work being carried out at the paddling pools in Amble.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Once the site is cleared, new landscaping and play features will be installed, including a water pump and cascade play feature.

Footpaths will be improved and outdoor fitness equipment will be added.

The scheme is jointly funded by Northumberland County Council, Amble Town Council and contributions from county councillors Robert Arckless and Jeff Watson, as well as a grant from the county council’s Section 106 fund.

It follows extensive consultation by the town council about the future of the site.

The work should take approximately 10 weeks to complete. Some areas will need to remain closed during the work, but the play area will remain open.

Amble Mayor Craig Weir said: “During the days when The Paddlers area was fully operational, a generation of children enjoyed the facilities. Unfortunately due to various factors the area has declined.

“Now, it will be refurbished and it is hoped that the design will be for all age groups.

“The new area will enhance the recent upsurge in the spirit of the town and become another feature to attract visitors and locals alike.”

Coun Arckless added: “I know how keen Amble is to see new life injected into this area and now it is happening.”

As part of the renovation work, residents are being encouraged to vote on a new name for The Paddlers. The four titles to chose from are Paddlers Park, Coquet Park, Puffin Park and Quarry Park.

To vote, email ambletc clerk@btconnect.com by Friday, July 24.