Amble’s future is mapped out

Queen Street, Amble
Queen Street, Amble

A framework for developing Amble as a thriving and vibrant coastal town over the next decade has been mapped out in a newly-published report.

Amble Development Trust, the town council, the local business club, Warkworth Harbour Commissioners and Harris Research Partnership have outlined how a new wave of regeneration proposals can be developed to take the town in a fresh direction, creating jobs, businesses, tourism, marine and leisure opportunities.

They say the proposals could transform Amble into en economic growth hub along a stretch of the north Northumberland coast.

Innovative ideas flagged up in the Amble 2020 project report include:

○ revitalising Amble’s harbour waterfront and pier.

○ developing an aquacultural growth sector perhaps involving the local rearing of mussels and oysters.

○ building on the town’s historic links with the fishing industry by creating a seafood centre with its own small retail units.

○ encouraging fish and food restaurants.

○ planning the town’s first Puffin Festival next year.

On top of that, a landmark attraction could be developed as a seabird or sealife centre linked to Coquet Island – the sanctuary home to colonies of seabirds including 90 per cent of the UK population of Roseate Terns.

The report suggests more needs to be done to exploit Amble’s tourism potential, both because of its proximity to its Northumberland’s coastal neighbours and as a specialist watersports centre and marina.

Elsewhere there are opportunities in Amble for the opening of a small hotel, as well as encouraging digital and creative businesses to establish themselves in the town.

The report predicts that future employment prospects now largely revolve around creating jobs and small businesses linked to tourism.

It says that Amble must form links with other groups and organisations, such as Northumberland County Council, and tap into new funding streams in the UK and Europe.