The year ahead looks better

Even after almost five years of a Tory-led coalition there are many reasons to be of good cheer – Blyth is on the up and looks good for 2015.

Since Labour formed their administration at County Hall, 600 council houses have been built with more scheduled in the New Year.

Westgate House (Northumbria House) in Blyth town centre has been bought up to turn into new shops and affordable apartments.

The Blyth & Tyne rail link is making positive progress. The re-introduction of passenger services on the route from Newcastle to Ashington and Woodhorn should in the year ahead include connections from Newsham and to Blyth.

The Northumberland development company Arch is expanding and setting up production in Cramlington. That is on the back of the University choosing Cramlington to run a worldwide advanced process.

There is the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. This revolutionary hospital is part of the Trust’s £200m investment to improve healthcare. It will be the first in England to have emergency care consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to consultants, some of the country’s top specialists in all the other main services will also staff the hospital.

It will provide a boost to the local economy, an investment of £2.7m per month and jobs for around 1,000 people through the two-year build on the site in Cramlington.

In short, despite the impact of the bedroom tax, welfare cuts to finance tax breaks for the fat cats, the creeping, back-door privatisation of the NHS, and all the other horrors inflicted on the north east by the current, past-its-sell-by-date government, the year ahead looks better.