Over 6yrs Councillors past and present have lobbied for work to be done on the Isabella Field in Blyth to make it a place that people can use for a range of outdoor activities. This has been hampered in recent years because of an ongoing flooding issue.
Local Councillors have contributed from ward funding to support the scheme that needed just over £15,000 to fix the issues.
Speaking on the contributions made County Councillor Anna Watson who awarded £5000 from her scheme said: “This has been an issue at the forefront of residents’ discussions with me since being elected just over a year ago. It was work started by the late Olga Potts who worked hard to raise the issue. I am delighted to be able to carry on that work and deliver this improvement with colleagues for local residents.
County Councillor Margaret Richardson who is a neighbouring Councillor also awarded the scheme £2500 from her member’s budget saying “ This bit of joint working between Councillors was essential to get this off the ground. I am happy to support any work like this taking place for the benefit of residents crossing ward boundaries.”
Northumberland Labour team thanked the contribution from neighbouring Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj too also donating £2500 following the work done by Councillors past and present to raise this issue.
On a wider note, the Labour team recognise the importance of Grassroot sports and welcomes the interest from Blyth Rangers who are keen to use the field once its problems are resolved. By having team activities, young people learn skills for the future and we need to cherish and support the green spaces across Blyth and ensure they are supported to flourish for community use. Given the recent achievements of Women’s Football, it’s hoped that opening the second half of the field will encourage more team sports and hopes for more Women’s football in Blyth.