Trust Life: Future regeneration projects

Posted on 18th October 2013 | in Community , Northumberland County Council , What's On

David Burke and Richard Wardman viewing the harbour plans with Julia Aston

David Burke and Richard Wardman viewing the harbour plans with Julia Aston

Welcome once again to life at the Trust. As another new day dawns I think it is fair to say we have had a rather nice summer. The town has been packed with tourists, some new, some returning and all with positive things to say about Amble.

In our visitor book in Pride of Northumbria we have noted visitors from as far afield as Australia, but in some ways it is more pleasing to receive comments on how the town has improved from those who have been before and can see the changes.

With changes in mind and thoughts on future regeneration projects, I’m sure many of you will have seen the Harbour Village proposals that we have been working up, featured on The Ambler website and in the Northumberland Gazette.

This work has been carried out in conjunction with Northumberland County and Amble Town Councils.

There are many facets to the project and we have tried to create a concept that will develop tourism thereby aiding all businesses, assisting the fishing fleet – one of our greatest tourism assets (along with location and friendly community of course) and offering start up units (incubator units) for new/small businesses.
So far we have received positive responses but if you would like to know more and have missed the consultation day then please call in to the Trust office and we will discuss it with you.

Of course this comes with a caveat: it is all funding dependent, and will only happen if our bid is successful!

Overhead plan of quayside development

Overhead plan of quayside development

You may also have seen an article in the Gazette about the Persimmon development and the Trust set to receive £450k through a Section 106 agreement. While this is appreciated and will allow us to finalise works to the welfare and create three flats above Pride of Northumbria, this money will only be received once Persimmon commence on site. On the brighter side, Persimmon have declared a higher profit than originally forecast, so here’s hoping they start soon.

Torchlight Procession: we have agreed a series of workshops to create lanterns for the Torchlight Procession. We are hoping to have a Mardi Gras theme – with a winter twist!

This will be the final event funded through the Mary Portas scheme.

So while the sun may be shining outside, I’m encouraging you all to take part and enjoy the celebrations!

Director, Amble Development Trust