Energising Blyth - New Survey
08 December 2020
Northumberland County Council has today launched it's latest consultation for the Blyth Town Deal project.
Residents are encouraged to review the existing survey and take part in the December Survey before it is submitted to the government in January 2021.
While COVID has hit businesses and the residents of Blyth hard, the Economic Growth & Regeneration Team, working with partners such as The Port of Blyth and Ore Capital have continued developing the plans further to help bring huge investments into the town.
The message from Northumberland county says,
"Many thanks to those of you who have recently participated in our survey on the vision and objectives for Blyth, as we develop the £25m Blyth Town Deal with the Government. The results of the October survey are now online.
We have today launched a new survey on our Energising Blyth website, encouraging people to have their say on the projects to be included in the Blyth Town Deal Town Investment Plan, to be submitted to the government in January 2021. In selecting these projects, we have listened to the feedback that we have received from you over the past 18 months and offset that against the work that we have planned through the Future High Street Fund.
We are now encouraging everyone who lives, works, visits or runs a business in the town to give feedback on the projects to be included in agreeing a new Town Deal which could secure up to £25m investment for Blyth."
The December survey is now available online.
"Due to coronavirus restrictions, this will be an online-only consultation. You can also access the survey on the Energising Blyth website under Consultation - Latest Survey.
The survey will close on the 3rd January 2021 for review and we intend to give further opportunities to comment over the coming months. We will share these as they arise.
Many thanks: we look forward to receiving your feedback.
The Energising Blyth Team"
Well done - Energising Blyth. (Read our review of proposals - Blyth Town Crashes into the 21st century – with the Blyth Town Deal)
The projects they are proposing to submit are;
Energy Central Learning Hub (ECLH) - A 20,000 square ft training and education facility and visitor centre at South Haarbour, adjacent to Commissioners Quay. (image above)
Battleship Wharf & NEP1 Connectivity - create road links between key employment sites on the upper estuary at Blyth and deliver berth improvements to make space for larger vessels at Battleship Wharf.
Blyth Bebside to Town Centre Cycle Corridor - a cycling and walking corridor between Blyth town centre, the proposed new train station at Bebside, and key employment sites in Blyth.
Blyth Northern Gateway - will deliver a programme of improvements to footpaths, cycleways, public spaces, street lighting and digital signage, improving access to Blyth town centre from the north.
Bearing Technology Centre - The Centre will provide testing equipment to help businesses bring new products to market.
Energy Central Institute Research, Innovation & Skills facility - The facility will work alongside the Energy Central Learning Hub to provide an end-to-end pathway of energy sector skills development, from schools, to FE, vocational learning, and up to higher education and PhDs.
Creative Place-making Programme - An annual programme of events and activities will be delivered across Blyth, building on the town's successful track record in recent years and working with partners in the town, promoting and celebrating the unique culture and heritage of the town and the wider local area.
Town Centre Living - New high quality residential homes will be built in Blyth town centre by re-purposing existing vacant buildings.
Credits – Photos, illustrations and project summaries in the above itemised list from Northumberland County Council – The Energising Blyth Team – Energising Blyth website.