Improvement works to Newbiggin Promenade are
getting underway in late October.
The work will focus on the slipway which cuts through the promenade and will start on October 25th and due for completion in March 2022.
The current slipway is fairly steep and can cause accessibility issues for promenade users, particularly for those with limited mobility, wheelchair users and people with prams.
The project will involve reprofiling the slipway and levelling it off where it crosses the promenade. While on site, engineers will also be carrying out some improvement works to the beach, moving sand and adding in fencing to help control the movement of the sand.
County Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: “The promenade is an extremely popular attraction, both for locals and visitors, but the slipway in its current design can cause issues.
“I was keen to sign off these works from our contingency fund after taking on board the safety concerns raised, particularly around mobility scooters crossing.
“These works will make the promenade more accessible for all, as well as making Newbiggin an even more attractive seaside destination. We’re also taking the opportunity to carry out work on the beach itself while contractors are on site.”
Newbiggin Central and East County Councillor Liz Simpson said: “I’m very pleased this is now happening as I initiated the first meeting about the ramp and beach management plan after listening to concerns from residents and visitors about crossing the slipway.
“Officers from County Council have worked hard to bring this project about which will make crossing the ramp safer for all users.”
A spokesperson for Newbiggin a Town Council added: “‘Newbiggin by the Sea Town Council is pleased to work in partnership with Northumberland County Council on this project and have provided significant financial support to see the reprofiling of the slipway come to fruition.
“The impact of the work will be massive in improving the accessibility of the promenade and bay for all of its users – so that they will continue to enjoy safe visits to our magnificent bay for many years to come.”
Church Point Car Park will also be partly closed during the works to act as a temporary storage yard and site accommodation for the contractor as well as a temporary boat yard for existing slipway users.
The RNLI will continue to use the slipway during construction and will be closely liaising with the contractor to ensure operations continue as normal.
During the project the promenade will be closed between the access road next to the car park (Pant Road) and The Couple Garden. Access to the beach will still be possible via the public slipway at Pant Road and from the steps. An accessible diversion will also be in place along the High Street.