Plans to revamp a former Northumberland pit town through a £74m development will be revealed to the public next week.
The emerging proposals for Ashington town centre will go on display to residents next Friday and members of the public are invited to come along and see the latest updates.
The redevelopment, delivered by Arch, the Northumberland Development Company, is a ten-year programme that will invest around £74m and bring over 1,000 high-quality jobs to the heart of Ashington and transform the town centre’s physical environment.
Arch is leading the delivery of the development and regeneration of the town centre and will work on behalf of Northumberland County Council to redevelop the “North East Quarter” of Ashington, expand and improve the housing stock and put vital local institutions on a sustainable long-term footing.
Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, said: “The Ashington Investment Plan is a major step for the area, and we are excited about turning the plans into reality. This plan will regenerate and revitalise Ashington and provide a superb new town centre environment and fantastic leisure facilities for local people.”
Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and chair of Arch, said: “We want to have a prosperous county with sustainable economic growth – one where businesses can thrive and people have access to high quality jobs. These planned developments in Ashington are set to provide some fantastic opportunities, and I hope people take this opportunity to come along and see what is proposed.”
In March ground was broken on the site of the multi-million pound Ashington Community and Leisure Facility.
The centre, which is expected to open to the public next year, will be on the site of the former Asda retail store and car park in Lintonville Terrace in the town.
Funded by Northumberland County Council, with support from Sport England through a contribution of £1m of National Lottery funding, the centre will feature two new swimming pools, advanced gym facilities, spa, multi-function sports hall and studio space to host classes and activities.
The facility will include a high quality library with the latest interactive technology, a soft play and a café all together in one convenient and modern location.
Arch is the development manager of Ashington Community and Leisure Facility and forms part of the overall renewal of Ashington town centre.
The proposals for Ashington town centre will be on display on Friday, July 4, at Ashington Football Club in Woodhorn Lane, Ashington, from 10am to 3pm.
For more information about the event, contact Arch on 01670 528 488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org