Anger at loss of open space

Hundreds of people have backed a petition calling on plans for new housing in Blyth to be scrapped.

Development company Arch secured planning permission to build 49 homes on a green site at Blyth Quayside earlier this year.

But one local resident says the proposals will destroy the community feel and give no where for people to go, especially when the Tall Ships visit the quayside in 2016.

George Parnaby, of Bath Terrace, has started an online petition calling for the plans to be halted and the open space given back to residents – and nearly 450 people have already signed it.

He said: “I have been fighting the council on its plans to build houses on the green site at the quayside.

“It should be kept for public use such as firework displays, tall ships visits and other recreational uses.

“Maybe we can get Arch to think again.

“Work is due to start next year but hopefully our voices can be heard before then.”

Mr Parnaby added: “I’m surprised at the public support shown so far. People say Blyth has a great community but there is no where to enjoy it. This area will help bring the community together, especially for the tall ships visit.”

Anyone who wants to sign the petition should visit www.change.org/p/northumberland-county-council-keep-blyth-quayside-northumberland-for-public-use