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Project information

Brantwood Scout Headquarters Grounds Improvements

Establish wheelchair and pushchair friendly escape routes from the popular Scout centre by replacing the mud pathway with tarmacadam surfacing. This will complete a £50K centre refurbishment programme

February 2011 - April 2011

Charity information: 20th Whitley Bay Scout Group

20th Whitley Bay Scout Group logo
  • Need


    Eradicating inadequate safety routes around the headquarters. In winter the access route is a mud bath and in summer is a wilderness of wild plants. This escape route limitation is seen as a deterrent for community groups wishing to use the building due to their risk assessments of limitations for wheelchair users and pushchair users.


    The centre property team have researched the best solution for establishing a hardcore pavement around the centre. The preferred option is tarmacadam surfacing with extensive ground preparations. The preparations include major weed clearance and widening of corner turning points. A consultation with centre users has ensured that their needs are met in the project design brief.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish a safe escape pathway suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users


    » Instruct a local road surfacing firm to establish a tarmacadam pathway

    What success will look like

    Success will be implementing the tarmacadam pathway enabling wheelchair users and pushchair users to access a safe escape route.

  • Impact


    The project will complete a major refurbishment project, eliminating a negative for people wishing to use the headquarters. Success will see an increase of people using the centre with mobility limitations and no negatives for their risk assessments relating to safe escape routes.


    There is a risk that the company undertaking the work will go out of business and the work remains incomplete. Pre project planning has established a short list of companies to approach to undertake the work. All have good track records and reasonable finacial health.


    Funders of this project will receive a regular email updates and be invited to an official celebration ceremony to commeroate the completion of this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Tarmacadam Prepare ground and establish hard surface

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    20th Whitley Bay HQ Fund £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Monkseaton is part of the urban community of Whitley Bay, retaining its historic charm and village atmosphere. Brantwood Scout Centre is located near the metro rapid transit line and occupies a piece of land previously used as the estate builders yard. The centre is ideally located for people to access by public transport, walking or car.


    People of all ages will benefit from the project. The centre is increasingly used by small community groups for ad hoc meetings. A specialist play group in messy play caters for 84 young people. The centre is home to Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts who use the centre extensively on evenings and weekends. Increasingly the centre is used for residential experiences and the project will contribute to additional sleep overs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully refurbished the centre over the last 12 months and have an envious track record of attracting support to complete the project. We have a quality standard award for our management of the centre and the activities we run.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Colin Raistrick - Volunteer

    Colin has been based at the centre for the last 20 years and has had the drive and vision to transform the centre. He chairs the centre property team.