Environment

BOWES STREET

This major project, initiated by Blyth Town Council, has now been incorporated into Northumberland County Council’s Local Transport Plan (LTP).  NCC carried out a consultation and plans were available to view at the Town Forum Showcase Event on the Market Place in September 2019.  Although the major works will be carried out by the County Council, the Town Council is still making a contribution to the development by installing new decorative lighting columns, planters and planting and new seating and planting outside Wilko.

High Street Car Parks

As the Bowes Street project is now in the LTP, the Town Council consulted with the County Council on a strategy to improve the High Street Car Park.  This area is in need of improvement as the wooden planters have become rotten, some have been damaged by cars and the shrubs and bushes are a litter trap as well as the planters being used as litter bins.  While the planters have been repaired in the past and are constantly litter-picked it was felt that a longer term solution was needed to tidy and brighten this area which still has to function as a car park.  The car park beside the High Street Social Club will have the beds removed and replaced with planters.

Click here to view the plan.

Undertaking the improvement of the car park area is necessary to remove the existing trees that are in the planters and are generally not in good condition.  This is being done in consultation and with the advice of the County Council’s Tree and Woodland Officer.  The Town Council is purchasing 67 trees to replace those being removed.  A combination of Giant Precinct Planters and Tiered Beehive planters will be used to replace the wooden planters and these will be planted with a mixture of trees and flowers.

As not all of these trees can be used in the area of the car parks they will be planted in other locations in the Town. 

TREES AND ADDITIONAL PLANTING

Town Centre

The 67 trees being purchased are a mixture of native varieties and fruit trees and have been chosen by the County Council’s Tree and Woodland Officer.  The Giant Precinct Planters will allow fruit trees to be planted at the High Street Car Parks, in Bowes Street and Church Street. 

While the Town Forum is working on long-term plans for the regeneration of the Town Centre, the Town Council have decided to continue to implement additional planting where possible.  Planters will be used so that they can be relocated if necessary once plans are known for the Market Place.

We are reinstating the large square planters that were located on the granite plinths in the Market Place.  These were bought for that area in 2013.  They were removed as a result of vandalism and relocated around the town.  We will be using some of the planters that were moved from the Quayside to replace these in their current locations.  These large planters will be planted with fruit trees.   An additional 8 Beehive planters have been bought for Market Street.

It is the intention to buy Promenade Planters for the Quayside as these are more suitable for locating along a path.  They will be planted with seaside plants to compliment the area.  Plans for Parsons Street involve removal of the existing brick planter and the reinstatement of the paving.  The seat will be replaced and the old planter replaced by two of the planters moved from the Quayside planted with fruit trees.  Two additional beehive planters will be bought for either side of the seat. These plans are subject to approval by the Environment Committee.

The remainder of the planters that were moved from the Quayside will be relocated around the Town and their location will be decided after discussion with the Partnership Team.

Tree Planting at Meggie’s Burn

The Town Council have purchased 1,400 saplings which will be planted in conjunction with the Partnership Team, Blyth Community Volunteers and other interested groups on the stretch of grassed area between Links Road and Meggies Burn.

This is an area that has been identified as suitable for extensive tree planting that will have no negative impact on the public and the trees will be able to grow and develop to their full potential without future worries regarding size. There will also be the added amenity value of a small woodland not to mention the bonus to wildlife, especially birds both resident and migratory.  A wildflower mix could also be added to further enhance the biodiversity of the area. 

We will be planting the trees on 19 and 20 February.  If you’d like to join us and plant a tree please contact Alison at the Town Council office - via email at info@blythtowncouncil.org.uk or 01670 361668.

Urban Tree Challenge Fund

In addition to the trees being planted by the Town Council, Northumberland County Council have been successful in a bid through the Forestry Commission to plant 633 large trees in Northumberland.  The Urban Tree Challenge Fund has been developed in response to the government’s commitment to provide £10 million for planting both large and small trees in and around towns and cities in England.

As a result of this the following number of trees will be planted in Blyth

Ridley Park

35

New Delaval Park

13

Hodgsons Road

15

Briardale Road

30

Ogle Drive

25

Shipyard Flats

13

Albion Retail Centre

13

Cowpen Road

13

Barrier Planters and Spring Bulbs

An additional 15 barrier planters have been bought to complete the stretch on Cowpen Road outside Horton Grange School.

Spring bulb planting has been carried out at Links View, Newsham and Portland Wynd roundabout.