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Blyth drop-in event reminder

Blyth residents are being reminded about a special open day to see the latest plans for the redevelopment of the town centre

Blyth is one of 100 areas set to benefit from the Government’s £1 billion Future High Streets Fund, and consultants have been working on ideas to inject new life into the town centre.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 29th from 10am-3pm at Westgate House on Waterloo Road, Blyth NE24 1BW - opposite the Marketplace.‚Äč

This summer a bid to the Fund and a wider process to develop a Town Deal for the area will be submitted to the Government to secure investment to improve access into the town centre, repurpose empty buildings and invest in vital infrastructure.

Mott MacDonald and Advance Northumberland, which is leading the development of plans for the County Council now want the public to have their say on a range of ideas.

The drop-in event is being co-ordinated by the Blyth Town Forum, a partnership between the County Council, Blyth Town Council, Advance Northumberland, Active Northumberland and other stakeholders in the town. It aims to oversee how the town develops over the coming years.

Councillor Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration at Northumberland County Council, said: "Following our first successful drop-in event which attracted more than 2,000 people, this is a fantastic opportunity for people to shape the plans to reinvent the town centre.

“A range of exciting development plans are being developed and we want people’s views on what they think as we go forward.”

County and Blyth Town Councillor Kath Nisbet added: “There is a great deal of interest in developing and improving the town centre which is really positive news for Blyth. 

“I know how much this means to local people and I hope as many people as possible are able to get along and let us know what they think.”
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