Ashington Town Council has recently completed improvement works to play areas in the town.

The Town Council has funded a new piece of equipment for Wansbeck Riverside Park with the installation of the ‘Mars Rover’ earlier this month. The new equipment supports wider improvements that are taking place to the County Council’s strategic park including a new caravan site and cafe.

The Riverside Park is seeing increased usage by both residents and visitors and the Town Council was approached to help support the recent developments by adding a new piece of play equipment targeted at younger children. Further improvements to the Play Area are expected to be carried out by the County Council in the new year.

In the photograph is Bothal Ward Councillor Bob Walkinshaw inspecting the newly installed Mars Rover.

Further works have also taken place at the Paddock Wood Play Area with the installation of a new seat for parents & guardians to use when supervising children. Additionally, sturdy large litterbins have also been installed in the wider park area. Seaton Ward County Councillor Jim Lang has also arranged for further play equipment to be installed in the new year through his County Council small improvement scheme.

Sadly, the Paddock Wood area continues to suffer from some anti-social behaviour and vandalism. The Town Council is working with Northumbria Police and the Fire Service to tackle these issues and encourages residents who witness any incident to contact the Police (emergency response call 999 or non-emergency call 101).

Works have also taken place to improve the Bywell Road Play Area with new swings and safety surface.

Cllr. Matthew Cuthbert, Leader of Ashington Town Council said ‘The recent works ensure that the Town Council continues to provide good quality play facilities for the town’s young people and we do hope both children and parents welcome the new additions’.

For more information on the town’s play areas visit www.ashingtontowncouncil.gov.uk/services/play-areas