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£21m Towns Fund grant for Blyth

The government has awarded £20.9m to Blyth from its £3.6bn Towns Fund as a contribution to the £70m Energising Blyth programme to help the town grow, improve and renew over the next five years.

It is the latest Towns Fund grant to one of the region’s ‘red wall’ constituencies that the Conservatives took from Labour at the 2019 general election.

Northumberland County Council, welcoming the news, said: ‘The vision is that by 2030, Blyth will be a thriving UK and international centre of renewable energy and advanced manufacturing growth and innovation, providing new jobs, better skills, more homes, and a clean environment for people in the town and the wider North East region.’

Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, county council cabinet member for business, said it was brilliant news for the town and would have a transformational impact.

You can read the county council press release here.  

More than 80 towns across England have now received grants from the Towns Fund including Darlington, Middlesbrough, Thornaby, Redcar, Hartlepool and Bishop Auckland as well as Blyth in the North East region. All are either in Tees Valley, which voted for a devolution deal in 2016, or elected a Conservative MP in 2019.