Demise a sad loss to the community

IMPROVING Croft and Cowpen Quay (ICCQ) was set up about six years ago with the aim of improving the area of Blyth around the Cowpen Quay and surrounding areas.

I first came into contact with ICCQ in March 2005 when they had a week of action around the area and was asked to take some photographs.

I have seen at first hand what they have done to the area, problems with private landlords, drugs, crime, rubbish in back lanes.

All these problems have been reduced with the help of residents and police.

I was surprised to find out that they were all losing their jobs, but they still had £180,000 of the budget left.

Then we find that this money, which was to be used in the Croft ward of Blyth, is to be given to Berwick.

Why is it not being used to help fund community organisations in Blyth which have lost money because of the government cuts? I would be interested in the answer to this.

But, I have to say that it was a sad day around the ICCQ office on Thursday, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff and support staff, and the volunteers, that have worked so hard over the last six years to improve my area of Blyth.

STUART OLLEY

Blyth

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