Blyth Town Council is responsible for the routine inspection and maintenance of the following play areas:
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✦ Axwell Drive
✦ Burns Avenue
✦ Cottingwood Green
✦ Briardale Road (Cowpen Park)
✦ Bowes Street (formerly known as High Street)
✦ Isabella Skate Park
✦ Mulberry Close Play Area
✦ Laverock Place
✦ Lindsey Avenue
✦ Millfield Gardens
✦ North Farm Adventure Trail
✦ Ogle Drive
✦ South Beach Play Area
✦ St John’s Park - Cowpen Quay
✦ Newsham Farm Play Area
The Town Council is committed to updating the existing play areas in Blyth. The average cost of refurbishment is £75,000. Additional projects have been undertaken when extra funding is secured. We can apply for funding from S106 Housing Development Fund which is administered by Northumberland County Council and some County Councillors have chosen to use their Local Improvement Scheme money for play area improvements.
Since 2014 the following play areas have been fully refurbished with state-of-the-art equipment.
Cottingwood Green was the first play area to be fully refurbished using Town Council funds. The Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and Parkour Climbing Frame were installed later funded by the S106 Housing Development Fund.
Axwell Drive was 50% funded by the Town Council and 50% funded by Cllrs Grant and Susan Davey using their NCC Local Improvement Schemes. An additional Teen Shelter has just been installed (November 2016), again using NCC funding from Cllrs Davey.
Briardale Road had a new adult gym and toddler play area installed using S106 Housing Development fund and NCC Local Improvement Schemes from Cllrs Grant and Susan Davey. Cllrs Davey are again using their funding for additional equipment which is due to be installed in January 2017.
Mulberry Close was a new play area installed using funding from the S106 Housing Development Fund. An X-Fit Gym was installed in October 2016 using money from the S106 Sports Development Fund.
Burns Avenue was fully refurbished using mainly Town Council funding with a contribution from S106 Housing Development Fund and Cllr Gordon Webb’s NCC Local Improvement Scheme funding. Cllrs John and Olga Potts used some of their Councillors’ Small Schemes Allowance to have CCTV, seats and litter bins installed. A mini MUGA and toddler swing is due to be installed in March, again funded by Cllr Gordon Webb’s Local Improvement Scheme.
Bowes Street (formerly High Street) has been refurbished using Town Council Funding and work was completed at the end of January.
Newsham Farm Estate is the final project for the 2016/17 financial year. This new play area will be installed opposite Newsham Primary School. Planning permission was granted in September and funding has been secured as it will be fully funded from the S106 Housing Development Fund. Work is now underway - click here to view.
Following incidents of vandalism at Mulberry Close when the play area first opened, CCTV was installed and it was decided by the Environmental Services Committee that CCTV should be installed as part of the refurbishment project on all play areas.
If you have any enquiries or comments on play areas please contact Sean Robinson, Environmental Services Officer, on 01670 361668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.