A former ‘eyesore’ in Bedlington Station has been transformed into a community hub and new ‘oasis’.
East Bedlington Parish Council has overseen local-led community improvements with the official re-opening of the former ‘gap’ site in Station Street.
The vacant land, once the site of Mattie Robinson’s Hardware store, had become a dumping ground and a major eyesore in the centre of the town.
The Muter family allowed the parish council to take a lease on the land and seek appropriate planning consent.
And the restoration work was carried out thanks to support from county councillors Val Tyler and Jeff Gobin, who each contributed £10,000 from their Northumberland County Council small grants scheme.
Station Walk was officially opened at a special ceremony by Mrs Joan Muter and witnessed by councillors, civic dignitaries from neighbouring town and parish councils, local residents and four generations of the Muter family.
Tau Tong School of Tai Chi gave a demonstration and the celebrations continued in East Bedlington Community Centre.
And the work has been warmly welcomed by local residents and dignitaries, who are delighted with the ‘green oasis’ and improvements to the main shopping area.
Coun Allan Stewart, vice-chairman and environment champion for East Bedlington Parish Council, said “We are proud to be delivering the priorities identified by our community during our parish planning process.”
Thanking everyone who helped bring the project together he added: “Station Walk has created a welcome green oasis in the main shopping area and improved access to parking which will benefit local traders, residents and visitors to the area.”