Council funding approval gives green light to Newbiggin play area
03 Aug 2021
Northumberland County Council’s cabinet has approved £50,000 of funding towards a high-quality new play area in Newbiggin by the Sea, which will enable the scheme to commence.
The new play area will be created at Milburn Park and will see a range of play equipment that can be accessed by able and less able-bodied children, offering play opportunities for spinning, bouncing, climbing, swinging and learning. One of the key features will be a lighthouse climbing frame which will capture the nautical theme of the town.
The play area is part of a larger scheme being developed by Newbiggin by the Sea Town Council, working in partnership with Newbiggin Community Ventures and Newbiggin Development Trust to regenerate Milburn Park and the south of Newbiggin Bay.
The aim is to have a destination play area which local people will be proud of and to transform the once prominent Milburn Park into an attractive gateway to the town. It is hoped this will also encourage people to spend longer in Newbiggin - to walk to the south of the bay and appreciate more of what the town has to offer.
The work will be split into three phases: the creation of an accessible play area; the creation of a water play area and the installation of adult fitness equipment.
The county council’s funding will contribute to phase 1 of the scheme which will cost £150,000, with Newbiggin by the Sea Town Council making up the £100,000 balance, which includes a £30,000 developer contribution.
Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member for local services said:
“With so many indoor activities and the rising use of technology it is so important to have a place like this where children can socialise, exercise and have fun all at the same time.
“I am sure it will also be welcomed by visitors to the town and help support local businesses and employment opportunities.”
The Town Council will now oversee the purchasing and installation of the equipment which it aims to have installed by next spring.
Northumberland County Council’s ward councillor for Newbiggin, Liz Simpson said:
“I am delighted that this funding has been secured for the playpark. It is what is needed for the local kids. I am sure the children of Newbiggin and the surrounding area will get hours of enjoyment from the park and build many happy memories playing in it.”
Councillor Paul Common, Chairman of Newbiggin Town Council said:
“It is very welcome news that Phase 1 of the plans has been given the go-ahead with a significant contribution from Northumberland County Council and a generous donation from a developer. The new play area will bring pride and joy to current and future generations of kids in an area that was once very prominent which was enjoyed by many previous generations of Newbiggin people.”