Council rubber stamp Ashington park funds

A multi-million pound cash boost for an historic Ashington park has been rubber stamped by Northumberland County Council.

Over the summer the Council secured a £2.29million ‘Parks for People’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to bring Hirst Park back to its former glory.

The funding will ensure that the Flower Park is rejuvenated and landscaped, a new play area developed and greenhouses and buildings restored to provide much improved public spaces.

New training facilities for the community, to be operated in partnership with Northumberland College, will also be created.

The National Lottery grant will be supported by contributions from the county council, the town council and Ashington Leisure Partnership, bringing the total project value to £2.7m over the next five years.

The 100-year old park is renowned as being the place where international football legends the Charlton brothers and Jackie Milburn played as youngsters. The funding will also establish an annual Charlton and Milburn Cup tournament so that local youth groups can follow in their footsteps.

The council’s Cabinet have now formally accepted the HLF funding and approved the overall capital budget.

Speaking at the time of the HLF announcement, Council Leader Peter Jackson said: "The Hirst Park scheme is part of the continued revitalisation and rebirth of Ashington which has our full support.

“Ashington has a bright future and we will continue to support a town that everyone can be proud of."

The major improvements and activities are set to begin in 2018.
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