Public vote on a new name for play space

Work being carried out at the paddling pools in Amble.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Work being carried out at the paddling pools in Amble.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A new name has been given to a town leisure space which is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation.

As part of the ambitious project to revamp the Paddlers, Amble Town Council asked the public to choose a fresh title for the area.

And following a vote, residents have selected Paddlers Park as the new name. The other options in the mix were Coquet Park, Puffin Park and Quarry Park.

Work is ongoing at the site and it is hoped that it will be finished by August 29, when an opening event is planned.

The major overhaul has seen the two disused paddling pools removed.

As part of the vision for the transformed site, new landscaping and play features are to be installed, including a water pump and cascade play feature. Footpaths will be improved and outdoor fitness equipment will be added.

Deputy Mayor Jane Dargue said: “We are absolutely delighted that everything is going to plan and we are really looking forward to the opening and we hope that we have a good attendance, because it is something that the town has waited for for a long time. The new name, Paddlers Park, is in keeping with tradition.”

The scheme has been 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 consultation by the town council about the future of the site.