New play area opens at Amble development

Pupils from Amble Links First School with Coun Allan Hepple, Coun Robert Arckless and Debra Phillips, from Galliford Try. Picture by Jane Coltman
Pupils from Amble Links First School with Coun Allan Hepple, Coun Robert Arckless and Debra Phillips, from Galliford Try. Picture by Jane Coltman

It was all smiles as youngsters opened a new, fun-filled play area in Amble this week, built as part of the construction of a new housing development.

The playground, which is suitable for young children, features a range of equipment, including a net and rope bar, balance blocks, a rotating beam and dominoes, all situated on a safety surface.

A mini five-a-side football pitch with new goal posts has also been reinstated at the side of the park.

The play area is situated just off Dandsfield Square and has been funded by Galliford Try Partnerships North, which is building 48 new affordable homes on the estate.

The community play area was negotiated as part of the original planning agreement.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “The children have been having a whale of a time in the park. It’s a lovely, safe area for the children and I am sure it will be widely used.”

Debra Phillips, employment and skills manager with Galliford Try Partnerships North, said: “It is fantastic to see the new play area complete and filled with excited children.

“As the new homes at Dandsfield Square near completion, we are delighted to be involved in a scheme that has created an area residents can enjoy with their little ones.

“It has been a pleasure to work alongside our partners and create this excellent community resource.”

Eight-year-old Klayton added: “My favourite thing is the rocket. It is great fun.”

The 48-home development at Dandsfield Square in Amble comprises 12 one-bedroom flats, eight two-bedroom bungalows, 20 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses plus associated car parking and landscaping.

The houses have been constructed by Galliford Try Partnership North and will be managed by Homes for Northumberland, the county council’s housing management service.