Monday, January 23, 2023

a shame..........

 i hate to see  this  .....these  towns are beautiful....... but ruined  by human bungs........... as  fucking always.............  i have been to these places ......... beautiful ....but ruined  by junkies.......t'is a shame .........



BLYTH in Northumberland and Sheerness in Kent are at opposite ends of England – but share a history of faded glory.

Both are coastal towns with proud shipbuilding pasts that have gone into steep decline since their yards closed in the Sixties.

Blyth’s once thriving market square is now lined with bargain stores, vape shops and derelict empty buildings
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Blyth’s once thriving market square is now lined with bargain stores, vape shops and derelict empty buildingsCredit: NNP
Closed shops next to Sheerness's 120-year-old clock tower
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Closed shops next to Sheerness's 120-year-old clock towerCredit: Darren Fletcher

There is no North-South divide here when it comes to poverty, crime, unem-ployment and poor education as both areas have far more than their fair share.

In the once-bustling market town of Blyth, security guards in shop doors look out for shoplifters on the make, while in Sheerness a mural near the seafront depicts a mermaid ready to wreck the place with TNT.

But when the £2billion second round of government levelling-up funds was announced last week, Sheerness got £20million and Blyth nothing.

To make matters worse for Blyth, plans for a £3.8billion electric car battery plant in Blyth looked doomed last week after the company behind it, Britishvolt, went into administration.

Critics seized on such discrepancies to slam PM Rishi Sunak’s levelling-up plan, which was meant to improve standards of living in the North. Instead, £210 million was given to the South East and just £108 millon to the North East.

With more funding coming from other sources, we sent reporters to the two towns to reveal how much work is yet to be done at both ends of the country.

Blyth

IN the doorway of a boarded-up store, a woman rummages in her Poundland carrier bags then plods along the almost deserted road.

She is a few steps from Blyth’s once thriving market square which is now lined with bargain stores, vape shops and derelict empty buildings, and a hangout for junkies and alcoholics.

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