PRUDHOE town councillors have agreed to take on the management of one of the town’s play parks.

At Prudhoe Town Council’s first ever virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 27, councillors unanimously agreed to new terms proposed by Northumberland County Council that will see the town council take on the responsibility of the play area at Waterworld swimming pool.

The lease runs for 125 years, with a rent of one peppercorn on April 1 if demanded.

The county council has the option to terminate the lease after 10 years if it wishes to redevelop the site.

The park has been closed since last summer due to safety fears, but £100,000 of county council funding was secured to refurbish the play area on the provision the town council took over the park’s management.

The county council also consulted with youth clubs Happy Faces and Tanga to make the park more accessible for children with disabilities.

New equipment will be installed based on the clubs’ recommendations, including sensory areas and a basket swing.

Speaking at the meeting, county councillor Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South, said the work would start soon.

He said: “It’s exciting times for us.

“The update today is that the process has been started for procurement of the equipment, provided we get the ok today.”