Hadston Community Park Plans take major step forward

08 Feb 2017

Exciting plans to  transform the site of the old Druridge Bay Middle School into a community park have taken a major step forward.
Northumberland County Council  appointed landscape architects have drafted up a proposal  for the park incorporating many of the ideas put forward by the local community.

The community scheme will amalgamate the current play park in Hadston  with the old school site to create a large community  space which will incorporate new and  refurbished equipment for locals to use.

Proposals include an expanded children’s play area, skateboard facilities, wildlife habitats, tree planting, walking routes and car parking. It is intended that the existing Multi Use Games Area, BMX track and football pitches will be retained.
Local ward member and Northumberland County Councillor  Scott Dickinson drove the scheme forward after listening to the views of local people.  He said:
“ It’s great that we are now at the stage that we can really progress this scheme.

“ We talked to the local community eighteen months ago about the park; We spoke with community groups and with young people and we’ve listened very carefully to what they told us when drafting up the park plans.

“ It is really important to us that the young people have their voices heard and we’ve  incorporated many of their wishes and ideas into the scheme.

“I will be approaching East Chevington Parish Council to seek agreement from them to tackle the pond in their park as I know locals have had issue with that over a number of months. The Parish Council  are very supportive of the park plans and have agreed to accept the new equipment as part of their maintenance responsibility in the future.”

“When the old middle school was closed and demolished it left an area of derelict land and it was important to everyone that the site wasn’t just left; We have maintained it to date but it will be fantastic to create a community park on  the disused land.”
The drawings and plans for the scheme will be put before the local community over the coming weeks to get their final approval.  The installation of the skatepark will need planning permission which may take a number of weeks, however initial ground improvement work is expected to start in early spring.

Cllr Paul Claridge Chairman of East Chevington Parish Council said: “We were delighted to see these plans at the Parish Council on Monday. We have been attending the community workshops and are pleased to see Cllr Dickinson and Northumberland County Council progress this scheme for our local community.”
“The revamped park will be a really welcome addition to the local community and something that families can enjoy.”