Trust Life #140

Posted on 18th May 2023 | in Amble Development Trust , Business News , Community , Heritage & Tourism , Leisure

News from Amble Development Trust

Hello everyone, how quickly the Ambler deadlines come around. It seems no time at all since the last time Anna was chivying me to get Trust Life done!

And so to The Ambler our much loved and coveted newspaper, which was nominated for an award through the ICNN Independent Community Newspaper of the Year Awards against some very stiff competition. While The Ambler didn’t win, it was given a Commended acclaim with one judge describing it as a touching and very worthy community initiative, “so good, it’s collectable”. Well done to Anna and the wonderful volunteers who keep the press rolling.

Following the community workshop for the Investment Plan we hope to have the final version in the next couple of weeks. Once adopted by ourselves and NCC this report will be available to everyone.

Although we have had to slow down our plans for the orchard in the welfare, other plans for the facilities are taking shape and progressing. We were successful with our application for S106 funding to replace the rubber crumb safety flooring in the children’s play area and are waiting for a start date from the contractor.

The multi user games area (MUGA) at Amble Welfare

In addition, we understand NCC are working up their application for Playzones which has to be submitted in the coming weeks. If they are successful Amble will be one of the first to see work commence in the summer.

Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire saying what activities they would like to see marked out on the Playzone footprint.

Still on the community development aspect, we continue to offer Amble Town Council information to assist them with deciding whether to initiate a Neighbourhood Development Plan. Having forwarded them the responses received through The Ambler, they have asked for more information some of which we feel will only be available once the process begins.

Ultimately the final decision on whether this progresses will lie with Amble Town Council who would be the responsible body for taking this forward.

The last sculpture in the Bord Waalk trail was installed at the end of April. This final one has caused some issues that needed to be resolved by the artist and fabricator. Unfortunately this delay has impacted on the finalisation of the app, leaflets and broader marketing of the trail.

However during the down time we have identified some funding that has allowed us to commission an augmented reality addition to the Murmuration sculpture on the Links and two virtual reality sculptures along the beach road between Hauxley and the east cemetery. This will bring something additional to the trail where we have not been able to install physical sculptures.

We do now have a confirmed date for a Royal visit to officially open the trail, however there are still some elements that need to be confirmed which we will share asap.

We would like to offer local Amble businesses the opportunity to have their business listed on the Bord Waalk website. We have a section called ‘Make the most of your visit to Amble’. If you would like to be listed please get in touch with the information you would like included.

Our job search facilities are now open from 9.30 – 11.30 each week day. If you would like to contact the Ambler or require a CV you can do so by ringing: 01665 712929 or emailing or
Julia, all Trust staff and Trustees

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