Blyth Town Council has defended an increase in its budget which members say will lead to substantial improvements to the town.
The council has agreed a precept of £993,745, which will see homeowners with a Band D property now pay £118.57 a year, a 47 per cent increase from the amount they paid last year.
The authority said that as part of the budget, the town council will work with Northumberland County Council to fund a team dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of the environment of Blyth.
Coun Ken Ellis, chairman of the town council’s finance committee, said: “By this time next year, the people of Blyth should see rapid and sustained improvements in Blyth’s appearance.
“These will not only benefit the quality of life for us who live in Blyth, but will also help to attract visitors and new businesses to the town.”