Town play areas included in association’s major revamp programme

Church Walk play area
Church Walk play area

Two play areas in Morpeth will be upgraded as part of a major investment by a housing association.

Isos will spend about £500,000 on 11 of its facilities for children across Northumberland.

It will install new equipment and re-design sites in Newbrough and Wylam in the first few months of 2015 and work on the others will be phased over the next couple of years. They include the play areas in Church Walk and Stobhillgate.

All 11 are located on Isos housing developments. Following assessments, it has been decided that they are in need of a makeover.

Lewis Rimington, localism officer at Isos Housing, said: “These play areas are a central feature of the local community – a place where people can come together and children can get some much-needed playtime and exercise.

“But in recent years they have begun to show their age, so we have taken the decision to invest half a million pounds to improve them, while coming up with a viable plan to secure their long-term maintenance and upkeep.”

Morpeth Town Council manages the Church Walk and Stobhillgate play areas on behalf of Isos. Specific details about their revamp will be announced in the coming months.