Major improvements for Doctor Pit Park

Major improvement work is set to get underway at Doctor Pit Park in Bedlington.

The park will be closed for four weeks from Monday 6th February to allow the next stage of regeneration work in the well-loved neighbourhood park to progress as quickly and safely as possible.  

Northumberland County Council is working with the local community in Bedlington to improve the facilities available at the park and the whole site will be closed to the public during this time.

The work will involve footpath improvements, removing redundant fences and old concrete play equipment foundations.

Existing planted areas will be improved and new ones created and a number of new trees will be planted.

A central seating area surrounded by colourful planting is also planned, and the grass areas of the park will be enhanced with swathes of spring bulbs.

A new SONA Dance Arch has already been installed and opened in December.

Cllr Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services at Northumberland County Council said:  “These major improvements are set to make a huge difference to the park.

“This phase of the work will involve a lot of groundworks throughout the Park, which will require the frequent movement of plant and machinery, use of car parks and other areas for materials and there will be a number of different contractors operating in relatively confined areas.

“The decision to close fully was not taken lightly and our primary concerns in this has been to ensure the safety of park users.  We will be getting the work done as quickly as possible during what is a relatively quiet time of year for the park so hopefully it will keep disruption to a minimum.

“Out teams will be reviewing the progress on a weekly basis with a view to reopening the park as soon as possible.”

Council staff have put notices up around the park and alerted the local school so that parents and carers can arrange alternative routes to school.

Funding for improvements to the park has come from a number of sources including the local members improvement schemes budgets of Cllrs Alyson Wallace and Val Tyler, the Banks Mining Community Fund, the Suez Environmental Trust, Northumberland County Council and contributions to sport and play that have come about as a result of S106 legal agreements.

In a further phase of work a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and a basket swing is due to be installed in the early spring once this phase of the works is complete.
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