Ambitious plans to transform a dilapidated leisure space in a seaside town have taken a big step forward, after major funding has been pledged for the overhaul.
Proposals are being drawn up for a significant makeover of the once-thriving, but now rundown Paddlers, in Amble, which includes two disused paddling pools.
And at Amble Town Council last Thursday, members agreed to put £20,000 towards the project.
Northumberland County Council has also pledged £20,000 from S106 funds, while county councillors Robert Arckless and Jeff Watson have put forward £30,000.
The county council has agreed to match this overall total.
The final designs are expected to include a new water feature, outdoor table tennis and gym gear and play equipment. Footpaths and entrances will also be spruced up.
However, those involved say that the paddling pools are beyond repair and are not a practical or sustainable option for long-term future maintenance and operation. This area is set to be landscaped.
Tenders will be invited for the work in the next few weeks.
Mayor of Amble Coun Craig Weir said: “I am very pleased that the hard work carried out in the past year by the town council, and in partnership with the county council, has reached this stage. The proposed work on a new-look park and play area will be an asset to Amble and bring great pleasure to all who use it in the future.”
Coun Ian Swithenbank, from the county council, said: “It is great to see the plans coming together. The council is pleased to be able to help to fund these important improvements, which we hope will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”