Much-needed work to transform a dilapidated and under-used leisure space in a Northumberland town will start next week.
Amble Paddlers is to undergo a revamp with the installation of a new water pump and cascade play feature, replacing two disused paddling pools at the site.
Work will start on demolishing the old paddling pools next week and once the site is cleared, new landscaping and play features will be installed, along with the water feature. Footpaths will be improved and outdoor fitness equipment will also be added.
The scheme is jointly funded by Northumberland County Council, Amble Town Council and contributions from county councillors Robert Arckless and Jeff Watson, as well as a grant from the county council’s Section 106 fund.
It follows extensive consultation by the town council about the future of the site.
County Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: “It’s fantastic news for the local community that this well-loved facility is being redeveloped. Not only will a new water feature be installed, a range of extra fitness equipment will be put in and once complete should be a real centrepiece for the area.”
Coun Robert Arckless said: “I am absolutely delighted that work is about to start on The Paddlers project. This would not have happened without really good partnership working between the town and county council, with input from Amble Community Team. I know how keen Amble is to see new life injected into this area and now it is actually happening.”
Contractors will be on site from Monday and the works should take approximately 10 weeks to complete. Some areas will need to remain closed during the work, but the play area will remain open.