Town deal

Blyth now has a fully establish Town Deal Board and has submitted it’s £25 million Town Investment Plan to the Government.

Blyth is one of 101 towns eligible to apply to the government's Towns Fund

That gives an opportunity for an additional £25 million investment in the town - to be delivered up to 2026.  We will be working up our proposals for this over the coming months and submitting a final proposal in January 2021.   

The first stage of agreeing a Town Deal is the creation of a Town Regeneration Framework, which sets a clear vision for Blyth’s future, capturing existing investments in the town and generating new ideas and project concepts that can be developed. This will then be used to shortlist the new transformational high impact projects to be taken forward in the Town Investment Plan as the basis of the Blyth £25 million Town Deal.    
Drawing on feedback provided from key stakeholders and previous public consultations for other projects, this Framework proposes a vision and objectives which will form the basis of Blyth’s Town Investment Plan, which will set the strategy for our Town Deal and steer how the Town Deal Fund investments are used. 

The Town Deal Board has agreed a set of projects to submit to Government as a part of the Blyth Town Investment Plan due to be submitted in January 2021.  We'd like to know what the community think of these projects.  Please also take a few minutes to give us your views on the Town Investment Plan survey (December).  You can also view the projects on the Town Investment Plan page.

You can submit your ideas for how to improve skills and transport, create new jobs and regenerate your local community using the Government's 'My Town' portal.
Following consultation with the community and other key stakeholders in Blyth during 2020, we have agreed the following strategic objectives for Blyth:
  1. Growing Town - To grow our economy and productivity by capitalising on our unique strengths in the clean energy sector, investing in business growth, high-quality job creation, and education & skills, for the benefit of our people, communities and businesses.
  2. Vibrant Town - To increase vibrancy and activity in Blyth town centre, creating a thriving community of residents, businesses, learners and workers using the centre for leisure and culture, education, employment, and housing, and a destination where everyone feels welcome and safe.
  3. Connected Town - To make Blyth an accessible and well-connected town, supporting growth and improving quality of life by making it easier for residents, workers, learners, visitors and businesses to arrive at and move around the town.
  4. Inclusive Town - To enable Blyth’s people, communities and businesses to share in the benefits of economic growth, and to be resilient to social challenges including unemployment and economic exclusion, digital exclusion, crime, health and wellbeing, and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  5. Clean Growth Town - ross cutting priority – To establish Blyth as a UK exemplar in clean growth, placing environmental sustainability at the heart of all investments and delivering on Northumberland’s commitment to be a net zero carbon county by 2030
The fund aims to support urban regeneration in towns through investment, strengthening cultural assets, supporting skills and business development for local people and businesses, and improving local transport and digital connectivity

To oversee this deal, in line with Government guidance, the Blyth Town Deal Board was established in February 2020.  It is made up of representatives from key public, private and community sector organisations and its role is to steer Blyth’s vision and objectives for the Town Deal, to oversee the creation of the Town Investment Plan and then the delivery of the projects within the deal. (Membership details to be confirmed.)

Alan Ferguson (Chair) - Fergusons Transport
Thom Bradley - Blyth Community Network
Rev Canon Ian Flintoft - Blyth Churches Together
Angela Cosimini - Frameworks
Vicky Potter - Jobcentre Plus
Ken Dunbar - Advance Northumberland
Greg Gavin - Blyth Town Forum (and Northumberland County Council)
Helen Golightly - North East Local Enterprise Partnership
Michael O'Driscoll - Northumberland Estates
Rob Hamilton - North of Tyne Combined Authority
John Hildreth - Energy Central Steering Group
Martin Lawlor - Port of Blyth
Ian Levy - MP
Juliemma McLoughlin - Northumberland County Council
Matthew Murray - Tharsus
Cllr Kath Nisbet - Northumberland County Council
Tony Quinn - ORE Catapult
Jane Robinson - Newcastle University
Cllr Glen Sanderson - Northumberland County Council
Wendy Scott - Blyth Cultural Network (Northumberland County Council)
Phil Soderquest - Blyth Safety Network (Northumberland County Council)
Rob Strettle - Energising Blyth Project Board
Cllr Warren Taylor - Blyth Town Council
Lee Tennant - Newcastle College
Andrew Thelwell - Bede Academy
Jonathan Walker - North East England Chamber of Commerce
Mark Warnes - Active Northumberland
Cllr Richard Wearmouth - Northumberland County Council

Margaret Coates - BEIS (MHCLG)
Jonathan Gilroy - BEIS (MHCLG)
Anne Lawson - Energising Blyth Working Group (Northumberland County Council)