Call for ideas about future of community facilities

Vyner Park Pavilion
Vyner Park Pavilion

Calls are being made for ideas to be mooted about the future use of facilities in a north Northumberland village.

The former Swarland Sports Centre in the village closed after financial struggles.

But it has now been reopened, thanks to a new community venture formed by Newton on the Moor and Swarland Parish Council, and the centre, alongside the facilities in Vyner Park which adjoin it, has been renamed Vyner Park Charity.

And now the committee is calling on residents and those in the wider community to come up with ideas on how the space can be used.

As well as a sports field, the park provides space for dog walkers and areas for wildlife.

The children’s play area is particularly popular with families and there is also an all-weather bowling green and tennis/multi-use courts for five-a-side football and netball.

These facilities are served by the Pavilion that is available to hire for a range of activities, such as children’s parties. The Pavilion and park also provide the venue for the annual Swarland and Newton on the Moor show.

Robert Brotherton, chairman of the Vyner Park management team, said: “We want to put Vyner Park at the centre of our community and are holding a public meeting to let people know what is happening and pull together ideas that will deliver benefits for the whole community.

“Bringing all the elements in the park together under the umbrella of the Vyner Park Charity provides a number of benefits.

“We are keen to explore any commercial partnerships that will also help us deliver those benefits and a sustainable future for Vyner Park.

“Tennis, bowls and football are currently the core sports activities taking place, but there is obvious potential to explore a range of other options.”

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, November 19, at 7.30pm. To present a specific idea, contact the parish clerk, Jan Anderson, on 07979 954 710 by November 16 so that it can be included on the agenda.