Phase two of refurb is underway

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The second phase of a multi-million pound scheme to refurbish a Blyth estate is due to start this week.

Work will begin to install new streetlights and to demolish and rebuild garden walls in Newsham and New Delaval estate, while pathways will be relaid with flexi-paving and roads will be resurfaced.

The work is part of a £2.9m scheme of environmental improvements to the 350-home residential estate which is being funded by Northumberland County Council.

The work is taking place on a rolling programme and is almost one third of the way through. The expected completion date is September 2016.

Since the scheme started, more than 50 properties in Etal Road, The Oval, Laverick Place and Park Drive have had their exteriors rendered and roofline work carried out.

Northumberland county councillor Deidre Campbell, who helped to initiate the project, said: “I am really pleased that good progress is being made and that the next stage of work is starting.

“We had some really wet weather which caused some delays with the external rendering work, however we are now getting back on track.

“The estate was looking old and tired but this work will really give it a new lease of life. I am sure, once finished, the area will look amazing and it will make a big difference to the lives of local residents.”