WORK has started on a long-awaited redevelopment of a Prudhoe skate park.

Sections of Highfield Park will be closed over the next ten weeks to allow improvements to be made.

CANVAS Spaces - now onsite - has partnered with Prudhoe Town Council to deliver the £180,000 scheme.

Plans for the concrete skate park were first mooted several years ago, with the town council committing funds back in 2019.

The need for better facilities for the town was first highlighted by Gary Newton, whose son Josh is a British scooter champion and regularly travels out of the area to practise his sport.

The current park, which is home to Highfield Fest, is made of metal.

A spokeswoman for Prudhoe Town Council said: "The mayor, councillor Bryan Futers, and all the councillors would like to thank the residents of Prudhoe for their support and patience during this long-awaited redevelopment, as well as the previous councillors and clerk who have supported this project from its conception through to the completion due later this year.

"Once complete, the skateboarders of Prudhoe and surrounding areas will have a skatepark to be proud of for many years to come."