CGI of planned Reel Cinema, Ashington

Major Ashington development to include Reel Cinema

Advance Northumberland has signed a deal with national operator Reel Cinemas, which has 14 cinemas across the UK. If the project gets planning permission, the new facility will form part of the family-owned, independent business’ growth programme. Critics have long dubbed the site the ‘Ashington Hole’, as it has sat undeveloped since the new Conservative administration cancelled the relocation of the county council’s HQ from Morpeth in May 2017. A group of the same name was established and it recently changed to Ashington Whole as it is now focusing on…

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Council leader Peter Jackson at the Portland Park site (Image: Copyright Unknown)

Northumberland campaigners focus on long wait for cinema and retail development

A campaign group which has been focused on a single issue of town centre regeneration is now widening its remit. Ashington is awaiting a major cinema and retail development on a key site near the leisure centre, which opened in 2016. The Portland Park project – which will feature a seven-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes and shops – was described by Northumberland County Council leader Peter Jackson as “a viable scheme that’s going to breathe new life into one of the main towns in Northumberland”, as the authority signed off on…

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