Trust Life #128
News from Amble Development Trust
Welcome back to Trust Life – actually welcome back to life! Perhaps not as we knew it but slightly more normal.
It’s good to see businesses open again and better still to see increased footfall which they need to help them stay afloat. To say its been a hard year is an understatement and I doubt anyone can possibly know the full impact covid has had on every aspect of human life!
Having said all that we have been surprised by the number of new businesses looking for accommodation in Amble. We have welcomed four new businesses starting up in Trust premises, and have received further enquiries that we have directed elsewhere. While the nature of our high street is changing, it is obvious that Amble is attracting much interest. I know there are a lot of comments and concerns about how many food outlets, hairdressers, nail bars and tanning studios that are appearing on high streets, but if anything covid has determined the way we are likely to shop in the future, so we have to be grateful that Amble is seeing interest and has few vacant properties.
Sadly I have little to update everyone on with the sculpture trail. While we had full planning permission prior to submitting the funding application there were some conditions to meet before we could begin the installations. This information was submitted in 2020 and we are still waiting for final approval. We keep our fingers crossed this wont take much longer, but it is extremely frustrating.
At the welfare, new back boards and hoops are being erected to the basketball courts and we have enquiries from a team wanting to use the pitch as their home ground, which is very promising.
In the Town Square we have set up a contract with a company to maintain the Coquet Street and white rose gardens as well as weed spraying the paved area. So we should have it looking tidy and colourful for the summer. Our thanks go to Pride in Amble volunteers who have worked so hard over the years to maintain the square – this has been greatly appreciated.
Currently our office is remaining closed to the public. Anyone wanting to contact The Ambler, or requiring a CV can do so by ringing: 01665 712929 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie@ambledevelopmenttrust.org.uk
Hoping you all stay safe and well in the coming weeks.
Julia and all trust staff and trustees