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Making a difference down by the river in Stokesley

Published on Thursday, 30th July 2020

Making a difference down by the river in stokesley

A council grant has helped kick start a major project in Stokesley to ensure the area around the River Leven is safer and more visually attractive.

Fencing around the river which had been deemed a safety hazard has been replaced with the help of £5000 from Hambleton District Council’s Making a Difference Fund.

Mike Canavan, Vice Chair of Stokesley Manorial Lands Trust said: “Walking by the river has been for many years a popular and pleasurable pastime for both residents of and visitors to Stokesley. Our old fence was in need of urgent replacement and thanks to the district council we were able to replace it with new fencing in a traditional style that is consistent with its location in the Stokesley Conservation Area.

“We are now turning our attention to phase two of the project and consultants have been appointed and are preparing a full design of the remainder of the programme which includes repairing and rebuilding the river wall and creating a more accessible footpath.”

The project compliments the work being done as part of our Vibrant Market Towns initiative who also helped to fund a town map promoting Stokesley as a ‘place to eat, shop and explore’.

·       Cash for the Making a Difference scheme comes from ongoing cost savings that councillors are reinvesting into the local community. Each scheme must meet one of the council’s key priorities – driving economic vitality, enhancing health and wellbeing, caring for the environment and providing a special place to live. And each must show that there is community involvement and represents value for money.

 The £11,670 project also received funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund.