Amble Wins Regional Award

AMBLE has won the Royal Town Planning Institute Regional Award for Planning Achievement and has been short-listed for the finals of a major national award.

The RTPI accolade has been awarded for Quality Partnership Working which has been demonstrated by the Amble Strategic Partnership in the regeneration of Amble.

The Amble Development Trust was set up in 1993 by Alnwick District Council and through the Trust the Amble Strategic Partnership was formed to develop and deliver the Amble Regeneration Strategy. Sitting on the partnership are representatives from The Amble Development Trust, Alnwick District Council, Northumberland County Council, One NorthEast and Warkworth Harbour Commission.

Key projects delivered through the Partnership which impressed the judges included the Fourways, a former pub now used for multiple community purposes; the creation of a Town Square; the redevelopment of Queen Street and the remodelling of the Little Shore.

The panel of judges took into account many criteria when assessing the town for the award including the enhancement of the physical environment, the originality, professionalism and the quality of work.

The Judges also highlighted that the work completed so far had been to a high standard and the partnership's achievements had and would serve as a model to other smaller communities facing decline.

Councillor John Taylor, Leader of Alnwick District Council who sits on the Amble Strategic Partnership said: "This is excellent news for Amble and we are particularly pleased that the town has been honoured and recognised for all that it has achieved especially after Alnwick hit all the headlines last week."

"The momentum of the Amble Strategic Partnership has been built up over a number of years and local enthusiasm has been constant throughout."

David Milburn, Executive Director of the Amble Development Trust said: "We are absolutely delighted at winning this award against strong competition. The Development Trust and its partners have strived to make significant improvements to the town in recent years which have now been recognised by this award. We intend to carry on the good work."

Councillor Alan Cutter, Executive Member for Environment at Northumberland County Council said: "The results that have been achieved within the town have brought many social and economic benefits to Amble and have generated a notable increase in civic pride."