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Five parks in Northumberland are to be upgraded thanks to an investment of £287,000.
Northumberland County Council's cabinet approved to spend £204,000, with the remaining £83,000 funded by contributions from the likes of town and parish councils.
As part of its medium-term financial plan, the local authority has already set aside capital funding of £150,000 per year from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to invest in parks and green spaces.
So far, money has been spent at Jennings Field in Bedlington , Astley Park in Seaton Delaval, and Eastwood Park in Prudhoe.
Following the sign-off on Tuesday, Blyth's Ridley Park and Mermaid play area, Alexandra Park in Cramlington , Gallagher Park in Bedlington, and Rothbury's Riverside play area are all set to benefit.
At Ridley Park, £45,000 will be spent in total with £25,000 being used to refurbish the hugely-popular water play area.

It's always exciting to see your home town on the telly.
But unfortunately, when places you know and love are staring in a popular crime drama, they may not always be looking their best.
That's what Vera-loving Cramlington residents discovered when they tuned in to the first episode of the new series, on ITV on Sunday night.
While they enjoyed the drama, many noted it wasn't exactly an advert for the Northumberland town. Several scenes were filmed in the streets of Cramlington, though in keeping with Vera's general habit of re-naming places in the North East, the town went by a different name.
On Twitter, Cramlington-based photographer Karen Hudspith said: "Here was I getting excited about seeing my hometown on Vera.
"It's just made it look like a s***hole. Cramlington thankfully is nothing like Crowley. 

If you haven't eaten enough cheese over the festive period to last you a lifetime, there's a new flavour calling out to be tried.
But forget about high brow combinations like Brie and cranberry and port and Stilton as one has just hit shelves that should have a lot more mainstream appeal as it combines cheese with a night out must have..chip shop curry sauce!
And whether the thought of that concoction has you salivating at the mouth in anticipation or gagging in disgust, you won't have to break the bank to give it a go as it's only sale at Home Bargains right now for only £1.
Made by Windyridge, the self-confessed makers of 'innovative' British cheese, the Chip Shop Curry Cheese has already had a huge reaction on Facebook page Extreme Couponing & Bargains UK.
As well as a lot of "omg" replies, someone quickly declared "I need this in my life," while someone who's cleasrly already tried it, posted "it's lush!"
Among all the positive reactions were quite a few GIFs of people being sick and a few vom emojis, but if you fancy deciding for yourself there are Home Bargains in and around Newcastle in the likes of Gateshead , Jarrow, Wallsend, Blaydon and Cramlington.

Plans for up to 501 homes on the outskirts of Cramlington were thrown out by councillors who were keen to protect 'prestige' employment land.
The proposals by Homes England, for land at West Hartford Business Park, to the north-west of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service's HQ, were unanimously rejected at Tuesday's meeting of the county council's strategic planning committee.
The bid was a hybrid submission seeking full planning permission for a wildlife mitigation area covering 26 hectares on the northern part of the site and outline permission for up to 501 dwellings, a primary-care facility and associated open space on the southern 25-hectare section of the site.
But planners had recommended refusal as allowing it to be used for housing "would result in the loss of a high-quality employment site".
Setting out the reasons, planning officer Geoff Horsman explained that this site represents more than half the employment land available in Cramlington and 10% of the county's total.
At 32 hectares, it is also the largest single site available in Northumberland, which makes it valuable if there were a large-scale investor needing a large area for development.

Construction company Merit Holdings is celebrating an “outstanding” year in which profits more than doubled on soaring turnover.
The Cramlington firm, which employs around 117 people, has built up a reputation for working on complex, high-tech contracts across a range of sectors including healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing, retail, commercial and nuclear.
The specialist engineering and constuction firm – the winning Company of the Year at last year’s North East Business Awards – has now posted accounts for the year ended March 31 2018 citing huge growth on the back of major contract wins.
Contracts include a highly specialised contract to construct three laboratory units for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on its research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, the ship the public voted to be called Boaty McBoatface.
Other high profile contracts have been carried out at the likes of the Royal Albert Hall, Harrods, Westfield Shopping Centre and Diamond Light Source, the synchrotron construction project at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Harwell.
Turnover jumped by 49% to £47.4m, delivering pre-tax of £2.94m – more than double the previous year’s £1.11m.

Our annual search for the region’s best firms is almost complete and entries for the North East Business Awards close at the end of this week.
Companies are urged to get their entries in by 3pm on Friday, January 11 to beat the fast-approaching deadline.
It’s completely free to enter and companies can put themselves forward for up to three categories.
The awards recognise the depth of talent across a wide range of sectors and are run by The Journal and its sister paper on Teesside, The Gazette, with support from the North East England Chamber of Commerce.
There are awards for pivotal sectors include manufacturing, digital technology, services and creative, while awards also exist for the fastest-growing companies, the best exporters and those showing the greatest innovation.
Popular categories include the small business award and the newcomer of the year.

Plans for up to 501 homes on the outskirts of Cramlington are recommended for refusal next week as the development would eat up valuable employment land.
The proposals by the Homes and Communities Agency to build on land near West Hartford Business Park will go before Northumberland County Council's strategic planning committee on Tuesday.
This application is a hybrid submission seeking full planning permission for a wildlife mitigation area covering 26 hectares on the northern part of the site and outline permission for up to 501 dwellings, a primary-care facility and associated open space on the southern 25-hectare section of the site.
Off-site highway works have been put forward to improve the site's connections to Cramlington town centre for pedestrians and cyclists, toucan crossings over the A192 and a three-metre-wide, segregated footway/cycleway along the eastern edge of the A1171, which would connect with an existing route into town.
The applicant has also agreed to enter into a section 106 legal agreement to provide 15% affordable housing,contributions towards education, healthcare and coastal mitigation, bus-service provision, strategic road network upgrades and a plan to secure long-term management of the ecological/wildlife area.
However, councillors are being asked to reject the bid as planners consider that the scheme "would result in the loss of a high-quality employment site, would significantly diminish the range of employment land available both locally and county-wide for employment development and undermine regional and local strategies for economic development and regeneration which seek to promote employment development on the application site and within the locality of which it is a part".



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