The public are being invited by Northumberland County Council to have their say on the next stage of plans for the Portland Park site.

Portland Park is Northumberland County Council’s major regeneration site in the heart of Ashington. The site is being delivered by Arch on behalf of Northumberland County Council which has already seen works start to create a new road network system designed to improve existing traffic issues within the town centre as well as to help pedestrians move round the town more quickly and easily.

Arch and Northumberland County Council are organising two public consultation sessions being held to encourage as many people as possible to attend and have their say on what facilities they would like in the town centre. 

Those ideas and views are intended to be collected and developed to inform a new masterplan for the Town, and will be shared again with the public in the near future. 

The two public consultation sessions will take place today (Wednesday 20) and tomorrow (Thursday 21 September), from 1pm-7pm, at Unit 1, Wansbeck Square, Ashington NE63 9XL.

The consultation material will be made available on-line after the public consultation events have finished, with the public also having the opportunity to provide comment electronically should they not be available to attend the sessions.

Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said 'The Council is determined to work with local people to create a new centre to the town which the community can be proud of. In addition I can confirm that the County Council will deliver the £2.9 million make over of Hirst Park and that the County Council has committed funds to further develop the £190 million Ashington to Newcastle passenger rail connection. The future for Ashington and the surrounding area is definitely exciting.' 

Cllr Richard Wearmouth Chair of Arch said 'We’re looking at potential community uses, how we can enhance the environment in the town and how we can attract business use. We want to involve local residents in giving their views on what they would like in their town centre, and start a new exciting chapter in the development of the town. We are confident that working with the people of Ashington we can create a fantastic new development for Ashington that people will be proud of'.