The Ambler

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Trust Life: confidence in the town

Welcome back to life at the Trust on a lovely sunny March afternoon. At long last it is wonderful to be able to report that work has commenced on the internal refurbishment of the Co-Op. With DP Builders winning the competitive tender process it makes us even happier to have a local firm involved with our plans once again. With a twelve week work schedule DP’s men will be working their socks off to complete on time!

We have already had some interest shown in the premises, so it is encouraging to know there is still confidence in setting up new businesses in the town.

All Management Committee members and staff thank everyone who has been involved in the funding process and residents and businesses who have put up with the shuttered shop for so long. Personally I cannot wait for the new frontage to be unveiled – it will be one of those ‘yahoo’ moments. Proof that tenacity pays dividends!

We have recently had several very successful meetings with Amble Town Council looking at methods of working together to achieve the best for the community. While we have very different remits and working practices, ultimately the end results should be for the benefit of all.

One project which has already been instigated was a general tidy up of the Town Square Memorial Gardens. New roses have been purchased and planted so there should be a fantastic blaze of colour come summertime. Thanks to everyone who contributed, weeded and planted.

Councillor Weir also has plans for other planting schemes around the town, so please feel free to participate or donate – as said previously it’s all about working together to achieve fantastic results and enhancing ‘our’ town.

From the 3rd April there will be a coastal food and craft market held in the Town Square on the first Sunday of each month, April – October. Application forms are available from Sandy Higson. We have checked with the organiser of the traditional Sunday market and he is more than happy for some additional activity to take place, so there will be no conflict of interest, but will inject a bit of life into the Square.

You may remember that in the last issue I offered an invitation to attend a business meeting to see how we can ‘drive’ the tourism offer forward. We have had some response and the door is still open if anyone would like more information. This is our opportunity to put the town on the tourist activity map, do something different and reap the rewards. Let Amble be the first!

And so the sun sets on another busy day at the office! Have a Happy Easter.

Julia Aston
Director, Amble Development Trust
julia@ambledevelopmenttrust.org.uk

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