All change in Ashington as new community facilities unveiled

A new  £560,000  community changing facility and fitness suite was  officially opened in Ashington this week.

The modern facility  comprises changing rooms, showers and toilets and an adjacent  fitness room containing a range of running machines, gym equipment and weights.

It has been built in  the grounds of Ashington High School which is situated next to the popular Peoples Park.

The changing facility will be used by pupils attending the school during the daytime and will be available for use by community groups in the evenings and weekends,  including local  Sunday league football teams, that use the park.

Northumberland County Council contributed £460,000  to the scheme with Ashington Leisure Partnership, a charitable trust that develops sports initiatives for the young people in the town, contributing £100,000.

Northumberland County Councillor, Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services said:

“ The county council is committed to improving  sports and leisure facilities right across the county. As well as some major leisure centre initiatives, we have also been investing in  pavilions, more recently in Morpeth, Bedlington, Ashington and Blyth.   The old changing facilities in the park have been in a very poor condition  for some time, so these new facilities will be welcomed by the community  and I am sure very well used. “

Gary Douglas, Principal at Ashington High School said:

“ This development has greatly improved the PE and sports facilities for the students at our school and we are delighted that the local community will also benefit. Our thanks go to the Ashington Leisure Partnership and Northumberland County Council for their support of this project. ”

Colin Redpath is vice-chair of the Ashington Leisure Partnership.  He said:  “I am delighted that we have been able to award a grant to enable this much needed community facility to be built.”

The project has been delivered by a partnership between Northumberland County Council, Ashington Leisure Partnership and Ashington High School.   The school will be managing and maintaining the facilities on behalf of the partnership.
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