Residents have their say over plans for docks

Hundreds of residents have taken the chance to look at proposals to improve a former dock.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:51 am
John and Olga Potts from Blyth with John Hildreth from Arch at the Ash Barge Dock display at Cambois Picture by Jane Coltman

A public showcase was organised by development agency Arch last Wednesday for the plans to improve the former Blyth Power station dock – known locally as the Ash Barge Dock.

Representatives from Arch and their consultants were on hand during the event – held at Cambois Primary School – to answer questions from members of the public and listen to feedback.

Arch has secured funding to invest in the dock to upgrade it to allow larger vessels to berth as part of a package of measures to secure jobs and economic growth and ensure all available development land in Cambois is connected to the Port of Blyth.

Arch is leading on the delivery of the East Sleekburn site which is part of the North East Enterprise Zone and is one of the largest available development sites in the North East.

The first phase plans for the reclamation of the former Blyth Power Station site have recently been approved.

Following the public consultation Arch will seek to submit a planning application in March and, subject to approval, commence works in Autumn 2017.

The total works are expected to take between 12 and 18 months.

And once completed officials at Arch say they are confident private sector investment will follow to provide a significant boost to jobs and the economy of Cambois, Blyth and to the Northumberland region as a whole.