Plans for Newbiggin Sports & Community Centre upgrade revealed

Newbiggin is set to benefit from a £1.5 million upgrade which will provide modern, flexible leisure, library and community space, with Northumberland County Council committing the funds to see the works happen.

The designs and proposals can be viewed here or hard copy versions can be viewed in the Town Council Office windows.

Residents can give their comments on the proposals by emailing or handing in their written comments at Newbiggin Sports Centre reception.

For our leisure users, this will see upgrades to include a dedicated studio space, relining the sports hall, improved changing facilities and a refurbishment of the squash courts and viewing gallery.

The scheme of works also includes upgrades to the community facilities available at the centre, which will see the relocation of the library and the creation of a community café and hub area.

There will also be changing and toilet facilities for adults with additional needs or older children who need privacy and space.

The centre has two external full sized football pitches that are used by a number of local teams;   Northumberland County Council has been working with Newbiggin AFC, local clubs and the Football Foundation to  provide new and enhanced grass pitches to the rear of the centre.

Northumberland County Councillor and cabinet member for Health Lives Jeff Watson said:

“This major refurbishment and upgrade work will breathe new life into the centre and provide a modern and much improved experience for the local community. It is really important to us that local residents are given the opportunity to have their say about the proposals. Whilst we are unable to hold an engagement event due to the coronavirus restrictions, we very much welcome feedback from the local community, whether they use the existing centre or not. “

Detailed plans for the centre will be submitted to Northumberland County Council’s planning service in December and if approved, it is hoped that work will start in Spring 2021 and be complete towards the end of 2021.

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