New life for containers

Bike4Healths David Buchan with one of Morpeth Road Primary Academys shipping containers.
Bike4Healths David Buchan with one of Morpeth Road Primary Academys shipping containers.

Former shipping containers are being given a new lease of life in the community.

The Port of Blyth has launched Containers for the Community which has seen six 20ft containers given to schools, social enterprises, sports clubs and good causes to provide them with clean, dry and secure storage space.

One is at Morpeth Road Primary Academy, in Blyth, whose partnership with the cycling company Bike4Health is serviced from a group of containers housed at the school.

Mike Bell, executive headteacher, said: “This sounds like a fantastic way of making good use out of something that is available to the Port of Blyth.

“Shipping containers are so versatile and provide a great solution to storage issues particularly for the provision of outdoor activities. I’m sure the scheme will be really popular with schools and groups.”

Tom Chaplin, PR & Communications Manager of Port of Blyth, said: “We’re keen to hear from any kind of community group in Blyth that could make use of a shipping container and want to support the growth and success of those doing excellent work in our community.”

Any community group wishing to apply for ‘Containers in the Community’ can do so by contacting Tom via comms@portofblyth.co.uk or on 01670 357000.