New play park open

Seghill's new £45,000 wheeled play park is ready to welcome guests.

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 4:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th August 2016, 5:19 pm
Pictured at the ribbon cutting are Coun Margaret Richards; Mike Jeffrey, Green Spaces Manager at Northumberland County Council; Darren Mullen, Chairman of Seaton Valley Council; Lee Paris, Active Northumberlands Community Sports Manager; John Conroy, cycle instructor, and Michael Halliday, Regional Co-ordinator of Cycle Experience; Simon Potts, Clerk of Seaton Valley Council; Kay Bradshaw from Groundwork and local man Jimmy Clough.

The money was provided by Northumberland County Council – Seghill with Seaton Delaval ward member Margaret Richards gave £30,000 of her members’ small schemes funding and this was supplemented by £15,000 from the authority’s Section 106 funds for sport and play.

The park for under 11s has been named Clough Park in honour of local man Jimmy Clough and includes a new scooter section and improved safety for the area’s young skateboarders.

An opening event for the facility took place yesterday (Wednesday). Scooter and bike sessions were run for local youngsters by Cycle Experience.

Its development was driven by Coun Richards following concerns raised with her about the safety of the skateboarding area for children at the park.

She said: “I received a petition that was organised by a young boy at Seghill First School and which had 98 names on it. The petition referred to ‘Seghill having no such spaces to skateboard in safety for under 11s’.

“There has been a massive amount of support from parents and the children have been involved throughout the project. They are delighted that after a long time of waiting, they are now able to use the park much more safely.

“I’ve already had a grandma email me to thank me and for me, the children’s words have made it all worthwhile.”

Seghill residents were consulted on the design and layout of the site. The new park features multi-skill apparatus for all wheeled sports aimed at the under 11s, which was felt to be lacking locally.

It was developed in partnership with Groundwork and Seaton Valley Community Council and it has coincided with the overhaul of the adjacent tennis court – bringing vibrant new use to this corner of Seghill Welfare Ground.