WASHINGTON’S village centres are set for an eye-catching £80,000 spring clean and spruce-up.
The cash windfall is being allocated to make the villages more appealing to residents and visitors while enhancing their overall development.
A further £25,000 could be made available for major improvements at each of the town’s 19 individual villages if they can prove the value of extra work.
The funding, approved by Sunderland City Council’s Washington area committee, has been welcomed by villagers.
Erland Polden, chairman of Washington Village in Bloom Society, said: “It is a good that money will be used this way. It is important that Washington looks nice.”
The Washington Central ward – including Washington Village, Lambton Village, Biddick, Glebe and Columbia – has been earmarked to receive £16,000.
That will be used to provide 50 planters and tree cages. It will also be spent on removing brick planters in Lambton and planting bulbs.
Washington East – made up of Barmston, Harraton, Fatfield and Teal Farm – will get £10,000 for painting works, bulb planting and improvements at Arts Centre Washington.
Concord, Sulgrave and Usworth – all part of the Washington North ward – will see £19,000 of improvements, including the installation of 50 planters, replacement of hanging baskets, introduction of new bedding schemes, painting of fences and barriers, and the reduction and lifting of tree canopies.
The Washington South ward – made up of Ayton, Rickleton and Oxclose – will receive £19,000 funding, which will be used to lift or remove trees, carry out works at the Ayton bus link, remove shrubs and grass, and redesign a seated area in Rickleton. It will also see the pruning back of woodland, the removal and thinning of trees in Oxclose and the provision of better footpath barriers.
The Washington West ward – Blackfell, Albany, Springwell Village and Donwell – is in line for £14,000 for landscaping and additional pruning schemes, removing shrubs and improving grassed areas.