It is only 13 short months since Labour formed an administration at County Hall, and while 13 might be unlucky for some, it seems Blyth and its surrounding areas are finally on the up.
There are a lot of difficult issues that face Blyth, but it is worth concentrating on a few of the positive things happening in the town.
Blyth is benefitting from the council’s promise to build affordable homes with 180 under way or built in the town as we speak, and there are more to come.
New homes mean more affordable choice, which means lower housing waiting list.
The council’s partner company Arch is transforming the harbour area with new office space for growing businesses and plans for a hotel and top class seafood restaurant.
New companies are kicking off and existing ones are expanding.
The harbour area developments are also starting, which will see more new residential properties available for affordable rent, and the town centre is on track for a renaissance with Westgate House bought and new shops and apartments planned.
Whether it be the new partnership between the Labour-led town council and Labour in County Hall, which has meant ten additional new workers cleaning up the streets and green spaces, or Labour’s plans to close County Hall and return services to towns like Blyth, it shows that the ‘green shoots’ of recovery are sprouting in Blyth.
It’s time to show a bit of ‘Blyth spirit’ working together.