Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 12.02.47A children’s play area in a Tynedale village has been transformed as part of a major new investment across Northumberland by Isos Housing.

The ageing children’s facilities on the Sidgate estate in Newbrough have been radically transformed into a community hot-spot where children can get some exercise in a safe environment, and have fun with their friends and neighbours.

Children from the estate now have access to an impressive collection of slides, swings, and other adventurous climbing equipment right on their doorstep.

The new equipment is part of a large programme across Northumberland where Isos is investing significant resources to upgrade play areas.

Isos appointed specialist play company Playdale to develop a four-to-five year plan to improve play areas across various communities where Isos tenants live.

Work has also recently been completed on Hedley Road in Wylam and further improvements to upgrade play areas are being phased in.

Lewis Rimington, Localism Officer at Isos Housing, said: “We are delighted with how the new and improved play areas at Newbrough and Wylam turned out. Spaces like these are a central feature of a community – a place where people can come together and children can get some much-needed playtime and exercise.

“The aim of this project is to breathe life into play areas across Northumberland which have begun to show their age. We decided to invest in improving them while coming up with a viable plan to secure their long term maintenance and upkeep. Involving local parish and town councils seems the logical next step to ensuring these play areas continue to play a vital role in community life.”

Isos held public consultation events at Wylam and Newbrough before starting work, and intends to do the same for the remaining play areas.

Children from the local play group happily put the equipment through its paces as part of the new play area’s grand opening.

Isos recognises the importance of providing play spaces within communities. The renovation work is intended to improve the quality of life for residents.