Work starts on nature reserve improvement
October 18, 2021
Work has started to create a new and improved carpark at a well-loved nature reserve.
The carpark at East Cramlington Nature Reserve is being re-located and expanded, creating an extra 11 spaces while at the same time having extra measures put in place to deter anti-social behaviour.
The scheme will cost of £18,000 with £10,000 jointly funded by Northumberland County Councillors Christine Dunbar, Scott Lee and Paul Scott, through their Local Member Contributions. The remaining £8,000 will be funded from the Parks Enhancement Capital Programme.
The Reserve sits between Cramlington and Seaton Delaval and is a popular walking spot as well as being home to the Cramlington District Red Squirrel Group and a Model Aeroplane Club. Both groups carry out valuable work on site including small scale footpath repairs, tree management, vegetation control and litter picking.
The new car park will be relocated directly to the north side of the current access road off the A192 with parking for up to 17 vehicles.
A lockable barrier will be installed beyond the carpark to control vehicle access to the site and stop motorbikes, while the existing access road will be lifted and relayed. A step-over horse access point will also be installed.
Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local Services with the County Council, said: “This reserve is well-used by a number of local groups as well as being a popular spot for walking dogs, but it was somewhat limited in terms of parking.
“These improvements should make it easier for more people to come and enjoy the area and experience the peace and quiet the reserve offers.”
Town and County Councillor Christine Dunbar said: “I campaigned for this area to become a Country Park about 20 years ago and was more than happy to contribute in a small way to improve the car park for Cramlington residents”
Councillor Scott Lee who also sits on the Town and County Councils said “East Cramlington Nature Reserve continues to grow in popularity and has been recognised nationally as the best place to view our native red squirrels. The new car park will allow more people to visit and enjoy our fantastic Nature Reserve. I’m delighted this scheme has been given the go ahead.”
County Councillor for Seghill with Seaton Delaval Paul Scott said: “This project will vastly improve access to the nature reserve which serves Seaton Delaval, East Cramlington and the surrounding area.
Attached photo shows Councillors Christine Dunbar and Scott Lee at the site of the new parking area.