North Blyth

Peter Fryer

A portrait of a community on the Northumberland coast, threatened by redevelopment plans, 1988. The campaign was successful.

In January 1988, residents of North Blyth in Northumberland were informed that Wansbeck District Council, as part of the local plan, intended to demolish all their 86 houses to make way for an expansion of Blyth Harbour on the north bank of the river. Within days of the proposals being made public (they form part of a submission to the EEC for Euro-aid), the village’s residents had formed an action group to try to secure their homes. The community has also been documented by Ashington photographer Mik Critchlow.

All images © Peter Fryer

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