Coastal visitors going under cover thanks to £5,500 Banks Group grant

January 6, 2012 | Bates Colliery News

Walkers enjoying the scenery on a popular part of the beautiful Northumberland coastline can now take refuge from sudden showers after the installation of a new shelter.

Cambois Links near Blyth is an increasingly popular destination for walkers, families, cyclists and joggers, and already enjoys a number of well-used facilities, including well-planned footpaths, picnic tables and seating.

The new hardwood structure, which has been installed with assistance from a £5,500 grant from north east developer The Banks Group, via its Banks Community Fund, has been designed to both be in keeping with its surroundings and to withstand the worst that the North Sea coast can throw at it

The idea for the new shelter, which is already proving very popular with locals and visitors alike, was put forward by East Bedlington Parish Council, as part of ongoing plans for enhancing the area and promoting healthy living.

Ron Thornton, Parish Council clerk, says: “We’re very lucky to have Cambois Links on our doorstep, and more and more visitors each year are discovering its charms.

“It’s a wonderful place to walk or cycle, and whenever you spend time on the links, you really feel like you’ve blown the cobwebs away.

“One thing we can’t do anything about is the variable Northumberland weather, but this is where this new shelter comes into its own – any facilities which encourage people to spend more time being active and outdoors have to be a good thing, and our new shelter definitely makes a positive contribution towards this goal.

“We’ve had a lot of very positive feedback about the shelter already, and we’re extremely grateful to Banks for their support in enabling us to put it in place – we rely on external funding to make improvements to our local area and this shelter was something we knew would be of great benefit.”

The Banks Group is behind the multi-million pound regeneration of sites of the former Bates Colliery and Crofton Mill Colliery in Blyth, which will eventually see around 400 new residential properties built on the sites.  It has also put forward proposals for a major regeneration scheme in Cambois village, which would encompass more than 300 new homes built on 19 hectares of predominantly brownfield land.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, says: “The appeal of Cambois Links is obvious to anyone who’s been there, and we’re very pleased that the Banks Community Fund has been able to help to provide enhanced facilities for local people and visitors to the area.

“This new shelter provides a welcome refuge for anyone who suddenly finds the weather against them and needs to take cover, and whilst we hope the sun shines on the links as often as possible, we’re sure it will be well used for many years to come.”

Projects, community groups, or organisations looking for funding in the vicinity of a Banks Group development should contact Clare Johnson at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342.

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