Priority projects for next 12 months revealed

COUNCILLORS have agreed improvement plans for Ponteland in the year ahead.

A range of schemes will be carried out by the town council following discussions about which projects identified in the 2013/14 budget wishlist should be prioritised.

Those to get the green light for the next 12 months include the refurbishment of the Coates Green footpath, a path to the wild meadow in Ponteland Park and the re-instatement of the base at the swings in the Callerton Lane play area.

An annual grant to the Friends of Ponteland Park and the replacement of some soft landscaping at the Coates Institute garden were also approved.

Improvements to the footpath at Fox Covert lane and new fencing at the park will be among the list of items for 2014/15.

It was agreed to develop the revamp of the public toilets at Thornhill Road as a longer-term project and that money for this will be taken from the authority’s project development fund.

The proposal for a contribution towards a new all-weather pitch will be considered once further details on other funding streams become available.

Earlier in the meeting, members discussed proposed alterations to the War Memorial.

Although the plans were welcomed, it was felt that the quotes received for works to the front wall were too expensive and it was suggested that further competitive prices – which included the two new pillars – be sought.