Town shows what it has to offer

MOVES are under way to showcase what Ponteland has to offer to visitors and workers.

The town council has agreed to go ahead with a project to install two large heritage frames with details of the main streets and facilities in the area. A number of hand-drawn 3D illustrated maps of A3 size will also be produced by Cityscape Maps Ltd.

The idea was put forward by Ponteland Mayor Peter Cowey who said: “This came about when I visited America and noticed that even villages had A4 and A3 maps with information about their attractions and facilities.

“You can see the streets and recognise certain houses on them and so I thought it would be useful to have them in Ponteland. I’ve spoken to Cityscape and discovered what they have done for other towns in the region, including Morpeth, and I believe it will also be beneficial to install the signage boards.”

He told members that he was quoted a figure of £8,500 to £9,000 for the frames and maps. A total of £7,000 has been set aside in the budget for this and Coun David Butler said he wondered if the authority would be able to afford them.

Coun Cowey said maps in other areas included advertising from local businesses and he would be willing to speak to Ponteland shops and firms to ask if they want to be involved.

Coun Robin Ramsay said: “If you look at the signage board in Hexham it’s quite an attractive feature and I believe the frames would add to the quality of our area.

“This year we are considerably building up our reserves, so we can dip into them if a little more money is required. Therefore, I strongly support the proposal.”

Members agreed to tell Cityscape to proceed with the project. The maps will be available in a range of buildings such as Ponteland Library, shops, estate agents and hotels. One of the heritage frames will be in the Merton Way area, the other in Broadway, Darras Hall. The council’s Highways Working Party will decide exactly where to put them.