Big grant means park will be built this year

From left, Brooke Burgess of Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd, Coun Ian Lindley and Kerry Moore, land manager at Barratt Homes North East.
From left, Brooke Burgess of Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd, Coun Ian Lindley and Kerry Moore, land manager at Barratt Homes North East.
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A group of people working to improve an area of Morpeth has received a major funding boost.

Barratt Homes North East has provided £20,000 of sponsorship to the Stobhill Community Forum to help it continue a programme of subsidised events and trips and also deliver an all-age community park.

The park element has attracted more than £65,000 worth of grants and the sponsorship from the company ensures that it will be designed and delivered in 2016.

Coun Ian Lindley, secretary and founder of Stobhill Community Forum, said: “Since being launched in 2007, we have always had fantastic support and sponsorship from local businesses and we are incredibly excited about the Barratt Homes North East sponsorship.

“The £20,000 support will help us to continue to deliver a programme of initiatives throughout 2016 and provide a great community park that will benefit current residents and future generations.”

The forum is available to all residents in the area. It is managed by Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd.

Barratt will be launching its South Fields development on land between Stobhill and Hepscott later this year. Following an appeal, the scheme received planning permission from a government minister in December 2014.

The company has given £5,000 towards the forum’s programme of subsidised events and trips and £15,000 has been allocated to the community park, which will include play, sport and leisure facilities.

Sales director Fenton Hewitt said: “We can’t wait for the all-age park to be available for the local community.”