Here's my column from my Window on Westmister column in the News Post Leader on 9th January 2022.
I would like to begin by wishing everyone in Blyth Valley a very Happy New Year. 2022 will be another busy year for me and should see more progress on some of the many projects I have been working on.
The Northumberland rail line is moving towards final government sign off. Having almost completed the technical phase, the final sign off of project funding will be for construction and delivery of this long awaited project. Once trains are running they will enable much easier access to employment and work opportunities.
Blyth Town Deal received final sign off shortly before Christmas. Work is scheduled to start this month on the first of the projects which will see long overdue improvements to Bowes Street, Wanley Street and Church Street. Other projects supported by this deal will see improved employment and learning opportunities as well as improvements to walking and cycling routes. This investment will make Blyth better for local businesses and better for residents shopping here.
Britishvolt have secured planning permission and completed the first stage of construction. They are now working with investors and government to secure the funding needed for the next stages of this transformational project. Championing this project has been a major priority for me I hope we will hear some good news soon. Battery construction will begin in 2023 and will bring thousands of new, well paid jobs to our area. It’s the most exciting project in the North East since Nissan arrived in 1984 and Blyth is fast becoming a global centre for renewable energy businesses.