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Blyth Town Council introduced new Governance arrangements which took effect from May 10 2018. The Play Areas will now become part of the Environment Committee, and any issues with Play Areas will be dealt with by said Committee.
Blyth Town Council is responsible for the routine inspection and maintenance of the following play areas:
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- Axwell Drive
- Burns Avenue
- Chase Farm Drive
- 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
Our play areas have reopened with specific COVID-19 guidelines that must be adhered to when visiting.
Play Area Refurbishments
The Town Council is committed to updating the existing play areas in Blyth. 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. We have recently brought up the levels of the play chip in 5 of our play areas.
Additional Play Area Equipment
The Environment Committee approved the installation of a specific piece of equipment for disabled access at 4 sites listed below:
Work commenced on 15/10/20 and was completed on 22/10/20 in time for the half-term holidays.
We hope the new additions to the play areas will bring children lots of fun and enjoyment!
The Olga Potts Play Area at Ogle Drive
Work on Ogle Drive play area was completed on 22 October. This is the latest play area to be refurbished in the Town Council’s programme to bring all play areas that we are responsible for up to standard.
At Ogle Drive two pieces of exercise equipment were added alongside the play area. A Spinning Bicycle and Elliptical Trainer were bought at the request of Isabella Ward Councillors John and Olga Potts who used their Councillors’ Small Schemes Funding from 2018/19 and 2019/20.
The play area was officially opened by the Mayor, Cllr Warren Taylor, the Chair of Environment Committee, Cllr Margaret Richardson and Cllr John Potts. The play area was renamed ‘The Olga Potts Play Area at Ogle Drive’ in memory of Cllr Olga Potts who, very sadly, passed away in August.
Chase Farm Play Area Refurbishment 2019
The Environment Committee agreed in 2019 that Chase Farm would be the next play area to be refurbished. Due to long-term flooding and issues with land ownership, the removal did not take place until 25th March 2019 which was unfortunately later than what was planned. However, this work was completed on 5th April 2019. The overall completion of Chase Farm was September 2019, a successful result for all.
The equipment installed at Chase Farm caters for individuals with special needs, providing a fun and equal play environment for all to use.
Here at Blyth Town Council, we hope that children are making use of and enjoying the new facilities at Chase Farm.
Vandalism in the Parks
Blyth Town Council are responsible for the maintenance of the play areas throughout Blyth, and it is disappointing to inform you that there have been bouts of vandalism within them. The costs that we have paid to keep our play areas in the best conditions possible through fixing these incidents of vandalism is over £10,000 between December 2014 and April 2019.
If you have any information regarding the vandalism or an issue within a play areas please let us know on 01670 361668 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can fill in the form at the bottom of the page.
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The Laverock Place Play Area has been fully renovated and is now open to the public. Click here to see the progress of the work to its completion.
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 for more details.
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 David Clough, General Services Officer on 01670 361668 or email email@example.com.
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