Jul 21, 2014 Journal
By Sarah Scott
The water feature had been broken and Blyth families left disappointed but it is now fully working again
Councillor Eileen Cartie and Councillor Ian Swithenbank at launch of the reopened water feature in Ridley Park, Blyth
Families in Northumberland are celebrating after the council fixed a popular water feature in time for the summer holidays.
The feature in Ridley Park in Blyth had been out of action, leaving youngsters disappointed at missing out on a refreshing splash on hot afternoons.
But after getting the right piece of kit, Northumberland County Council managed to get the water feature up and running just as the schools broke up for the holidays.
The water jet feature will operate daily from 10am to 6pm.
County Councillor Eileen Cartie joined local families to launch the reopened feature.
She said: “I am delighted the water park is up and running again. I am sure that many children will come along and enjoy this and everything else that Ridley Park has to offer.”
Northumberland County Council experienced a number of unforeseen difficulties with the equipment which runs the water feature, but is very pleased that it is up and running for the summer holidays.
The council expects that the feature will run every day throughout the summer although occasional interruptions for maintenance may be required to ensure the feature runs safely and smoothly.
Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for parks at the council, said: “We know how much this feature is valued and so we have been very frustrated not to have been able to launch it before now.
“We have been doing everything that we can, but have had to wait for essential parts to come from the manufacturer. We have given the system a full overhaul and are now very hopeful that it will run smoothly over the coming summer months.”
Ridley Park is on Belgrave Crescent in Blyth and includes tennis courts, a children’s play area, a café recently re-opened as Mister Ridley’s Parlour, and open green spaces.