Play area is shipshape and Newsham fashion

Children in the Newsham area of Blyth are enjoying an exciting new play area thanks to the hard work of Blyth Town Council and funding from Northumberland County Councils housing developers fund.
New equipment has been installed on land at the entrance to Newsham Farm Estate and the area was opened by the Mayor of Blyth, Cllr John Potts.

The play area was installed following requests from residents of Newsham Farm Estate and Northumberland County Councillor Deidre Campbell.

It features a little mermaid and tinderbox climbing frame with slide, modular climbing structure, birds nest and cradle swings and small springers.

The project was funded by securing money raised through the Section 106 Housing Developers' Fund, which is held by Northumberland County Council to help develop new sports and play opportunities.

Blyth Town Council worked closely with their preferred supplier, KOMPAN, who carried out a consultation with residents and pupils from Newsham Primary School on behalf of the council and the company designed the play area very much with the school in mind.

Not only is the play area benefiting families, but KOMPAN has also provided the the school with 
teaching and learning materials to help the teachers use the play equipment in line with curriculum requirements. 
The materials support teaching with instructed and guided learning exercises that can be carried out within the play area and provide observation sheets to be used, for example while the children play freely.

Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member responsible for culture, arts and leisure at Northumberland County Council said: "I'm really pleased that the council's housing developers' fund for sport and play has been able to contribute to secure this great new play area for young people in Newsham. I am sure that it will be enjoyed and provide stimulating play for children of all ages in the area."

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