A YOUNG girl has officially opened a revamped public space.

Three-year-old Bethany Arthurs cut the ribbon on the newly upgraded Boyne Place, in Langley Moor, near Durham.

The area, previously an unloved and rarely used walkway, has acquired new seats, paving, plants and a notice board.

The Friends of Langley Moor (FOLM) approached Durham County Council, which provided £57,583 towards the costs.

Brandon and Byshottles Parish Council and the Mid Durham Area Action Partnership were also involved.

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.”

Julie Anson, the council’s community economic development team leader, said: “Boyne Place is a brilliant example of how local communities can come together to make positive changes to where they live. Not only is this a great new focal point for the village but will hopefully be a boost to local businesses too.”