A POPULAR attraction in Middlesbrough has secured its future after a tie-up with an agricultural college.

Under the proposals Askham Bryan College, based near York, will take over the running of the town’s Newham Grange Leisure Farm, securing the attraction’s long-term future.

The agricultural and horticultural college will take on existing farm staff, undertake restoration work and improve the leisure activities on offer.

The plans will save Middlesbrough Council about £60,000 a year as part of its ongoing Change Programme.

Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “Newham Grange Leisure Farm is one of Middlesbrough’s best-loved family attractions, and this proposal has real potential to give it a new lease of life."

Askham Bryan College Chief Executive Liz Philip said: “The partnership means the college can add to the already fantastic facilities on offer at Askham Bryan College and enhance the leisure facilities available to the public in general.

“This initiative complements our ethos to provide first class courses and modern facilities for students from across the Tees Valley and beyond.

“We are delighted to be able to be playing a role in generating jobs and boost education opportunities for young people across Teesside.”

The plans will be considered at a council meeting on Tuesday (April 8).