An ongoing programme of improvement work to the town’s allotment sites and bus shelters is on-going with more work planned to take place in coming months.
Ashington Town Council has the statutory duty to provide allotments in the town, which it meets through a range of agreements with local Allotment Associations. Many Ashington residents enjoy the benefits of allotment gardening with over 850 plots in the town, one of the largest supplies in the north of England. Working with the Allotment Associations a wide-range of investment work has taken place over the past four years including improvements to paths, water supplies and roadways, security fencing and the development of wildlife areas within the sites.
The Town Council also has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of bus shelters. During 2016 new shelters were installed in the west of Ashington adjacent to Bothal Cottages and Bothal Terrace further to requests from residents. A further two shelters will replace ageing shelters in North Seaton in the near future.
Additionally, a £30,000 project to upgrade the town’s litter bins is well underway. The project jointly funded by Ashington Town Council and the Ashington Ward members of Northumberland County Council, is seeing the installation of large ground-mounted litter bins throughout the town to seek to directly address the persistent litter problem.