Revamp will put children in a spin

A REVAMPED play area is in the pipeline as an apology for disruption caused by a utility company while carrying out flooding prevention works.

West Allotment’s play area, pictured, is off limits to youngsters at the moment while Northumbrian Water deals with flooding issues by improving its sewerage network.

However, to thank children for their patience, the water company has agreed to pay for improvements to the Preston Terrace park.

North Tyneside Council has talked to youngsters in West Allotment to find out what they would like to see included in the revamp.

A popular climbing unit will be re-installed, and new items of play equipment on the children’s wish-list – including a zipwire, spinning dish and a basket swing – will be fitted alongside it.

Work is now almost complete, and children should be able to try out the new-look play area within the next few weeks.

Coun Glynis Barrie, the council’s cabinet member for community services, said: “Our children and young people really value their local places to go and things to do, and the West Allotment play site has always been well used and much loved.

“Events out of our control resulted in its recent closure, but we’re delighted that, with the support of Northumbrian Water, the site will be even better when it reopens soon.”

Northumbrian Water’s Cara Hall added: “We appreciate that the essential work we carry out to upgrade our water and sewerage networks can cause significant disruption.

“We do our best to help and support the communities we serve and hope that the children in the area enjoy and have lots of fun at the improved play site.”

The West Allotment play area will remain closed to the public during the upgrade, but the multi-use games area next to it is still open.