Consultation starts on proposed play area for Newbiggin

Views are being sought on proposals for a new play area in Newbiggin.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 9:00 am
An artist impression of the proposed play area design.

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Town Council is launching a consultation process on the plans for Milburn Park, with a newsletter detailing all the proposals being sent out to all residents.

Milburn Park was a prominent park in the past but has been neglected for many years now.

The Town Council is proposing a £250,000 new play facility, with £100,000 committed in the current budget and intend to request match funding and grants to hit our funding target.

The development will see the existing play area at Spital Burn being removed and a new destination play area developed on the land next to the Bowls Green.

Council officials are working in partnership with Newbiggin Community Ventures and Newbiggin Development Trust on a larger project to regenerate Milburn Park and the south of Newbiggin Bay into an attractive gateway to the town.

Proposals include possible training/exercise equipment, crazy golf, promenade extension, beach huts at the south end of the Promenade, and an observation platform at Spital Point.

A spokesperson said: “The overall regeneration of the area through these projects will also seek to increase the existing parking provision at Spital Burn so that local residents are not affected by increased parking.

"The larger project will be subject to community consultation in the future.

“The regeneration of Milburn Park will provide attractive facilities for our residents, encourage tourism into the town from the existing Sandy Bay holiday park and the newly permitted 102 pitch holiday park to improve the economic prosperity of the town.”

The consultation relates to the creation of the destination play area, similar to those at Carlisle Park in Morpeth and Ridley Park in Blyth.

Feedback should be sent via email or post by Friday, April 16. Alternatively, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MilburnPark-DestinationPlay