Work underway to improve park

Souter Park, in Monkseaton.

Souter Park, in Monkseaton.

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Work is underway to improve a popular park near Whitley Bay.

A series of landscaping and building work was started on Monday at Souter Park, opposite Monkseaton Metro station.

North Tyneside Council is spending almost £165,000 to build an attractive new entrance at the Norham Road entry and upgrade many footpaths in both Souter North and South to make it safer for park users to get around.

The work will also make it easier for people to view the ornamental plantings which have recently been improved with the help of local people.

Dozens of new shrubs are due to be planted and a wild flower area will be created at the south end of the park.

The improvements are expected to take around eight weeks and some sections of the park will be closed off temporarily to allow the reconstruction of the footpaths to take place.

Kier North Tyneside will be the main contractor for the project and will make every effort to keep the disruption to park users to a minimum.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Souter Park is a lovely park in the heart of North Tyneside well used by the Friends of the Park, bowlers and tennis players.

“The footpaths in the park are in need of some repair and the area at the south end of the park is in need of refurbishment.

“I’m delighted we are able to begin improvement works which will really bring the Park up to a better standard like so many of our other beautiful parks and open spaces.”