£100k park plan

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

IT once housed “The Pav” in North Ormesby – but now the site will be trans­formed into a £100,000 play park.

The park will be sited on Esk Street, North Ormesby, where the Pav­il­ion – known lo­cally as “The Pav” – once stood be­fore fall­ing into dis­re­pair and sub­se­quently be­ing de­mol­ished in 2013.

It is be­ing de­vel­oped and man­aged by North Ormesby Neigh­bour­hood De­vel­op­ment Trust (NONDeT) af­ter Middlesbrough Coun­cil agreed to gift the land.

It will sit next to an ex­ist­ing multi-use games area used for foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and other sports.

The pro­ject is be­ing funded by North Ormesby Big Lo­cal as part of £1m Big Lot­tery fund­ing be­ing in­vested into the com­mu­nity over a 10 year pe­riod.

North Ormesby ward coun­cil­lor Lewis Young, also the coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for cul­ture, leisure and sport, said: “In con­sul­ta­tions about what peo­ple want for North Ormesby, the com- mu­nity has al­ways put a new park high on the agenda. We are de­lighted that through a real team ef­fort be­tween Middlesbrough Coun­cil, the North Ormesby Big Lo­cal, NONDeT and North Ormesby res­i­dents, we are now in a po­si­tion where it can be de­liv­ered.

“When dis­cussing this trans­fer, the so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits were al­ways at the fore­front of our think­ing. Not only are we pro­vid­ing a space that will en­hance the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, but it will also give peo­ple of all ages some­where to go and en­joy.

“I’m sure the whole com­mu­nity will now be look­ing for­ward to see­ing work get un­der way.”

Ann Bay­ley, chair of NONDeT, said: “It will be a lovely area for all lo­cal res­i­dents young and old to visit and for the young chil­dren to play.

“There is nowhere in North Ormesby for the younger chil­dren to play, so this will be an ideal set­ting.”

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