RESIDENTS are being urged to join the debate on the future of Blyth town centre.
Proposals costing £650,000 to transform the area around the bus station and the library will be on show next week.
On Friday, September 7, the design team will be manning a stall in the Keel Row shopping centre between 10am and 4.30pm to speak to members of the public.
The plans will also be on display in the library, bus station and Keel Row from Monday, September 3, to the Friday.
Public and private funding is being invested to make the area more attractive, accessible and safe with better lighting, paving and other materials, crossing points and greenery.
It is intended to start this winter and be ready by spring.
It is being put together by Arch, the county council’s arms-length company for enhancing areas and creating jobs.
Arch managing director Peter McIntyre said: “This project builds on other regeneration initiatives in the area aimed at promoting economic growth and physical regeneration in Blyth town centre.”
County council leader and Blyth Liberal Democrat councillor Jeff Reid said: “This scheme is welcome news and particularly for bus passengers and local people who use this area.
“I urge local residents to come along to see what is planned, and to provide their input.”
Fellow Blyth councillor, Labour group leader Coun Grant Davey, said: “We support the council and welcome the invitation to openly discuss the regeneration of commercial properties on both Bridge Street and Union Street.”
“We hope the people of Blyth will embrace this opportunity and wholeheartedly join in the debate.”
Funding is coming from the county council, the Department of Transport, the Heritage Lottery Fund and bus station owner Arriva North East.