Improvement works at estate get under way

Coun Ian Swithenbank, left, and Stobhill county councillor Ian Lindley.
Coun Ian Swithenbank, left, and Stobhill county councillor Ian Lindley.
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Much-needed improvements to streets and pavements in the Stobhillgate estate, Morpeth, have started.

The works are part of a scheme aimed at improving the area for both pedestrians and drivers and come after local ward councillor Ian Lindley successfully made the case for what will be around £50,000 of investment.

Funded by Northumberland County Council, it involves developing dropped kerbs at all key crossroads to improve accessibility, with each crossing point being protected by a decorative bollard.

There will also be some other minor repairs to damaged kerbstones and potholes along these routes.

The area where the works are centred includes Shields Road and local shops, the Avenues and streets near Stobhillgate First School.

Coun Lindley said: “The biggest problem here in terms of street and pavement surfaces, in common with many areas, is the number of vehicles and the occasional anti-social driver.

“I want to ensure maximum access and safety, especially for more vulnerable users such as pushchairs, the disabled and young children.

“I am also pressing for further improvements, with an emphasis on maximising the number of safe parking spaces available.”

Coun Ian Swithenbank, county council cabinet member for local services, said the scheme will “help to make the area much more accessible”.