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    29 August 2019 Blyth Town News

    Friends of Ridley Park (FORP) and MIW Water Cooler Experts re-introduce fountain with new state-of-the-art bottle filler



    With its walks, water play, bird screen, tree trail, sporting facilities and café, Ridley Park is one of Blyth’s most popular recreation areas. But while the activity provisions have steadily improved since its 2005 renovation, one of the park’s amenities has been overlooked until very recently – drinking water. A new bottle filler and drinking fountain combination supplied by MIW Water Cooler Experts has remedied that problem.


    FORP fundraised and received grants from Blyth Town Council Community Chest and Northumberland County Councillor small schemes allowance to jointly fund this project to update the defunct Edwardian fountain that had originally supplied water to thirsty visitors. In recent years, with only the park’s café to turn to for drinks, many visitors were bringing their own bottles. This led to an increase in plastic waste and litter in the vicinity. The new state-of-the-art drinking station, which provides two drinking fountains and a bottle refill point will provide a much-wanted service for locals, while helping to combat the broader issue of single-use plastics.




    The new drinking fountain – a Halsey Taylor Endura II tubular outdoor bottle filling station – is weather-proof, vandal resistant, durable and easy to use. WRAS-approved, it complies with all Government and water authority guidelines and the clever design allows for wheelchair accessibility.


    As the UK’s leading authority on outdoor bottle fillers, MIW Water Cooler Experts Ltd. of Co Durham were asked to advise upon and supply the drinking fountain upgrade.


    ‘We are delighted to announce the completion of the project to install the new water fountain,’ says Fiona Gibson, Chair of the Friends of Ridley Park. ‘We decided to invest in the fountain following a major survey of local schools, dental practices and doctors in Blyth to identify the most needed and beneficial facilities we could add to Ridley Park. With the current focus on waste plastic – and obesity – there is a real public demand for public drinking facilities. And the new bottle filler is already proving very popular, especially with cyclists as it is located on the N1 Sustrans coastal cycle route.


    ‘As an exercise that has seen the collaboration of Northumberland County and Blyth Town Councillors, the Friends of Ridley Park and MIW of Co Durham, it’s been an all-round North Eastern effort!’


    The new bottle filler and drinking fountain was installed on 28 May 2019 and can be found next to the toilet block at Wensleydale Terrace, Blyth NE24 3HF.

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