Scores of potential projects being considered for Ashington
11 Feb 2022 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
A partnership working to bring transformative change to Ashington is now considering scores of potential projects – thanks to local feedback.
Made up of business, public sector and community leaders – the Ashington Town Board is developing an ambitious Investment Plan for the town.
The board, which meets regularly, is working with the community and both county and town councils, to deliver change, while also celebrating and promoting what makes Ashington unique.
drafting the Investment Plan, the local community was asked to comment on its vision and objectives last summer, as well as giving feedback on the best and worst aspects of the town. This can be viewed at nland.uk/Ashsurvey
Over 450 responses were received which proved invaluable to help inform plans for Ashington.
A call out for projects in the Autumn of 2021 netted 30 potential projects for the town, which were independently evaluated and are now being consolidated, developed and worked up for suitable funding opportunities.
While details of the potential schemes are still under development, among those underway are a raft of improvements in the Hirst area, from park safety work to tackling fly tipping.
Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, Northumberland County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, said: “We're working on an ambitious Investment Plan for the town and are very pleased with the enthusiasm of residents, business organisations and other stakeholders to bring long-term sustainable improvements to Ashington.
“There are numerous projects in the pipeline and as soon as we’re able to share more details we’ll be consulting on plans with everyone who’s got an interest.”
John Johnston, Chief Executive of Bernicia and Chair of the Ashington Town Board, said: “This is an exciting time for Ashington.
“The Town Board has worked exceptionally hard to develop ambitious plans and are committed to working together with stakeholders across the town to afford real transformation for Ashington.”