WATERSPORTS in Druridge Bay Country Park have been given a boost in the form of a dedicated new £125,000 facility.
The final pieces of a funding package have now been put in place after Coquet Shorebase Trust was awarded £50,000 worth of lottery funding via Sports England.
The project will allow for new changing facilities to be built, along with storage for boats and equipment, removing need to bring equipment from Amble for every watersports session at the park.
Other funding is coming from UK Coal’s Maidens Hall community benefits fund, Northumberland County Council and councillors Glen Sanderson, Robert Arckless and Jeff Watson, through their local small schemes fund allocations.
The council’s countryside management team has arranged for plans to be drawn and submitted, an in-depth mining survey and tree survey to be undertaken, extension of the water drainage system, and ground preparation – including removal of the existing compound and some trees.
The council is also hoping to build a new service track and jetty to compliment the new facilities.
Coquet Shorebase Trust provides a range of water-based activities on Ladyburn Lake within the park, said to be a safe and quiet setting for training.
Manager Vic Brown said: “After 20 years of operating with quite basic facilities we now have the opportunity to provide local people with a modern provision that is fit for the quality of watersports activities that can be experienced at the park.
“Being able to store boats at the lake will take an enormous burden from the shoulders of our volunteer club organisers.”
Coun Simon Reed, executive member of countryside management, said: “These new facilities will make a great addition to what is on offer at Druridge Bay Country Park – improving the overall experience for those who want to enjoy watersports activities.
“We would like to thank the Shorebase Trust for its commitment to the project and congratulate it for getting the full funding package in place and to all the funders for their generous contributions.
“I look forward to seeing the project move forwards.”