Lighting boost to sport fans

New floodlighting has been installed at an outdoor community sports court, giving residents greater use of the facility.

Developer Partner Construction, Two Castles Housing Association and surveyors Robert Burn Partnership donated funds to buy four energy-efficient Lumineaux floodlights for the all-weather pitch in the centre of Longframlington.

The free facility is used by all ages for a variety of sports and the improved floodlighting has been described as beneficial to the community.

Two Castles and Partner Construction are nearing completion on a £2.6million development of 25 affordable homes in the village.

Healeycote View, on Rothbury Road, is due to be completed in the coming weeks. The properties have all been allocated to local people at affordable rents.

To mark the final stages of the project, partners wanted to leave a lasting legacy that would benefit the community. Longframlington Parish Council suggested the installation of floodlights.

Parish council chairman Graham Fremlin said: “The floodlights have made a vast difference to the court and to the people of the village.

“Anyone can just turn up and use the courts and with the new lights we can now keep the facility open until 9pm, all year round.

“What’s more, the new floodlights are far more energy efficient, with bills now expected to be around an eighth of what they were.

“So, the lighting hasn’t just benefited the community, it has brought environmental gains too.”

Rob Brittain, property services director at Two Castles, said: “Contributing toward the cost of the floodlights seemed a great way to give a little extra back to the community in which we are investing.

“We are delighted to be able to help Longframlington residents stay active into the winter months and beyond.”

Grace Mackay, of Partner Construction, said: “This means that the pitch will be fully utilised by all in the area.”