A new attraction for the High Street in Langley Moor was officially opened by a local schoolgirl after the community came together to make improvements. Bethany Arthurs, 3, of Langley Moor Nursery School cut the ribbon to officially open the Boyne Place outdoor community area.
The project was progressed by the Friends of Langley Moor (FOLM) community group who worked closely with local County Councillors, Paul Taylor and John Turnbull, Pam Sinclair from Mid Durham AAP ,the Parish Council and Durham County Council. Julie Anson, Durham County Council’s Community Economic Development team leader, assisted the group with the design of the site. Funding of £57,583 was secured from Section 106 funds, which are financial contributions to the local community made by developers, agreed as part of the planning process.
The outdoor area’s new features, installed by the county council, include new seating, paving, planters and a noticeboard promoting local businesses and events. The land was previously an unloved and rarely used walkway between the Front Street retail area and a supermarket car park.
Danny Bone, chair of the FOLM, said: “We’re delighted with the new area, it’s been totally transformed. We hope that it encourages residents and visitors alike to come and enjoy it and take the opportunity to visit our local shops and businesses.”