Revamp plan for quarry

The Fulwell Quarry area in Sunderland.

The Fulwell Quarry area in Sunderland.

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CHARITY workers want to transform a disused quarry into a ramblers paradise – complete with its own cricket team.

Living Streets, set up to represent pedestrians, is working with Sunderland City Council to make Fulwell Quarry a more attractive place for walkers.

An acoustic mirror, heritage trails, tree-planting and a Last Man Stands short cricket team are among the ideas for revamping the nature reserve.

Living Streets wants people to take part in a community street audit on routes to Fulwell Quarry and look at positive examples of other areas where pedestrians have pulled together to improve communities.

Councillor Richard Bell, chairman of the council’s North Area Committee, said: “The intention is to deliver a project in and around the Fulwell Quarry.

“Living Streets, in partnership with responsive local services and community heritage workers from the council, and Groundwork North East will complete an audit of the area looking at issues and solutions.

“The free training session is a chance for local residents and community groups to find out more about potential plans to improve the walking environment in the quarry and to have their say on what improvements they’d like to be carried out.”

The free half-day event takes place at the visitor’s centre at Fulwell Mill on Tuesday, February 28, from 10am to 2pm, and includes lunch.

Organisers say it will help Sunderland residents and community groups find new ways to work together to improve their communities and make it easier to be active and enjoy Sunderland’s heritage and green spaces.

Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Living Streets, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents and community groups to have their say on how to improve the local walking environment.

“The event really ties in with the ethos of Living Streets so we are delighted to be working in partnership with the council to support the project.”

Mr Armstrong said Living Streets works with the council to make communities fitter for walking in Sunderland, and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

l To reserve a free place at the “Making your community fitter for walking” event, contact project coordinator Richard Smith on 245 7329 or email richard.smith@livingstreets.org.uk.

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