BLYTH Quayside is now easier on the eye following the completion of a long-awaited facelift.
A comprehensive programme of improvement works have been carried out by the Port of Blyth and Northumberland County Council along the main gateway entrances to the quayside.
The boundary wall separating the port from the town, long regarded as an eyesore, has been replaced by a new wall incorporating ornate ironmongery to match that already in place on the quayside.
A large painting was also commissioned to improve the fascia of a prominent building on the corner of Regent Street.
Designed by artist Michael Gray, of North Broomhill, the image is intended to be symbolic of the desire to transform the port and quayside through investment and growth in the renewables industry.
Michael said: “I tried to create a sense of depth with this work, using the iconic turbines and quayside as a backdrop to draw the eye away from what was a blank fascia.”
New LED street lighting has been installed, the first of its type in the north east, and landscaping on adjoining green space has been carried out with support from the Guinness Trust.
Redundant buildings at Commissioners Quay and Dun Cow Quay have been cleared in a bid to attract new investment and jobs to the quayside.
New signs have also been put up, and new paving has been laid.
Coun Tom Brechany, executive member for planning and regeneration at the county council and also a ward councillor for Cramlington South East, said: “I am really pleased that these works have been carried out, especially along Regent Street.
“This will not only promote a consistent image of Blyth Quayside to potential investors, but, of equal importance, these improvements also demonstrate that the county council has acted upon and responded to community concerns about this area.”
Martin Lawlor, chief executive of the Port of Blyth added: “I am delighted to have worked with the council on this project, and I see a dramatic difference along Wimbourne Quay, which I hope the community will see as a positive change.”