Durham scout group’s safety boost thanks to donation of asphalt from Tarmac

April 28, 2022

The scouts from the 2nd Chester-le-Street Scout Group have ‘knotting’ but thanks for Tarmac’s nearby Birtley team, following a much-needed donation of asphalt.

The 100 tonnes of recycled asphalt were used to resurface the car park at the group’s headquarters, Waldridge Village Hall, which has transformed an unusable area into a safe place to park.

Sarah Hignett, section leader, 2nd Chester-le-Street Scout Group, said: “The car park had fallen into chronic disrepair and most of us had to park on a busy bend and cross the road to get to the hall. The upgraded car park is safer for everyone, and the capacity has almost doubled.

“A huge thank you to Tarmac from all the cubs and scouts. This will not only benefit them, but all the users of this busy community-focused centre.”

Local councillor Paul Sexton added: “This is a wonderful gesture from a local company to support the local community at a really important time following the hardships we have faced over the past couple of years.”

John Riley, regional operations director at Tarmac, said: “We had been made aware of the wonderful work the group do with the young people in the community and we hope this will provide not only a safer environment for parking, but also a more generous usable space for more activities. Community engagement is one element of our work we are particularly proud of.”

The village hall, an historic part of Waldridge Village that was built by the mining community, is a hub for local residents.