A NEW project that will improve the high street of one of the Tyne Valley's major town's has moved a step closer after funding was confirmed.

Plans for Prudhoe Front Street's new Pocket Park have been drawn up as part of a collaboration between the Prudhoe Traders Committee and the Prudhoe Community Partnership.

It will create a green space within the urban setting, with 12 three-metre tall Amelanchier Lamar trees and seating for all.

A number of businesses have pledged their financial support for the project, inclduing several front street traders as well as Thompson's of Prudhoe and Essity.

County councillor Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South - which includes the front street area - said: "I have been in discussions with the front street traders since this idea was formed.

"I am delighted to have been able to arrange for substantial financial support via the County Council members scheme.

"This is another major investment into the town, which continues to improve the image of front street, supporting local businesses and the wider community'

Coun. Ken Stow, who represents Prudhoe North said: "I am pleased that so many organisations are now involved in this worthwhile project."

Mayor of Prudhoe Tracy Gilmore, whose business Gilmore Estates has also contributed, added: "I am delighted that Prudhoe Town Council and the the traders association are working with partners to enhance the front street for everyone.

"I am looking forward to seeing it being enjoyed by all."

The project came about after traders felt the need to do something to attract shoppers to the area, following the construction of the town's new retail park.