Forum to hear about local environmental improvements

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VOLUNTEERS who turned a dingy dene into a heavenly haven are to tell residents how they achieved it.

Members of the Friends of Brierdene will inform visitors to the next Whitley Bay Area Forum how they have restored and improved the biodiversity at the dene, which stretches from the Links to Whitley Bay Golf Club.

Other groups will also be giving presentations to the forum, which has given out £47,000 to 15 schemes to spend on local environmental improvements.

Other items on the agenda include an update by Northumbria Police and a presentation by a residents’ group that is building a community garden.

Other schemes in Whitley Bay which have received funding from the forum include cenotaph improvements, extra bins, new floral barrel tubs and improvements to St Paul’s churchyard.

The next meeting of the Whitley Bay Area Forum is on Monday, March 10, at the Shiremoor Centre, in Earsdon Road, from 6pm to 8pm.

Coun Pam McIntyre, North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for community engagement, said: “The area forums are an excellent way for residents to get involved in decisions that affect where they live.”