Great progress is made on Stobhill play scheme

13 Mar 2017

Work  to transform an area of green space into a  much needed community  play facility in Stobhill  is making great progress with the completion of the next phase of work - the creation of footpaths and  car parking.

A popular Multi Use Games Area has already been installed  on the site, behind the Barnabas Centre on Ninth Avenue.  Now the car park has been completed by Northumberland County Council and footpaths have been installed  creating a circular route around the field and providing improved  access to the new play area.

The £165,000 scheme  is now in the final stages. Over the coming weeks, shrubs and small trees will be planted around the site and seats and picnic benches will be installed.  There will also be some remedial work to one of the paths which is subject to flooding.

ISOS Housing own the site on which the scheme is being developed and  has agreed that the land can be used without charge. It has also pledged £57,000 to upgrade the existing play park on the site and this work is due to start on March 20. Features will include swings, slides and climbing walls, a fireman’s pole and nets.

The Stobhill Field Project is a partnership between site owner ISOS Housing, Northumberland County Council, local charity Barnabas Safe and Sound, Active Northumberland, Morpeth Town Council, and members of the Stobhill Stakeholders’ Regeneration Group.

Northumberland County Council  has contributed the majority of funding for the scheme including £10,000 from the local improvement scheme budget of ward county councillor Ian Lindley.

Development of the site was first proposed eight years ago as part of a detailed regeneration project for Stobhill commissioned by Cllr Lindley and from which the Stobhill Stakeholders Regeneration Group was formed.

“ This has been a scheme close to my heart for many years and I’m delighted to see that the finishing line is in sight, just in time for the lighter nights and warmer weather when the young people will be able to benefit from it most.  

“ The MUGA is already proving particularly popular and is being used for a range of sports including basketball and football, which can be played in a safe, purpose-built environment.  I know the local community is looking forward to the upgrade to the new play area.”

ISOS Community Involvement team leader Sara Parker-Clark said: “ We’re delighted to be part of this project and it’s great to see how  it has started to breathe new life into a largely unused area in the heart of Stobhill.”

Northumberland County Council’s cabinet member for local services, Ian Swithenbank said:
”This is a great  partnership scheme that will provide  a fantastic new play area which I am sure will be well  loved and used by the local community.”