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Views sought on town centre improvements - 11 April 2017

Views on a £1.17 million scheme to improve links between Northallerton High Street and the town’s former prison site are to be sought.

District Councillors have given the go ahead for officers to share their plans for changes to Zetland Street and two alleyways in the town – New Row and Central Arcade – with landowners and their county council counterparts.

The three routes will be used by pedestrians to cross from the town centre to the 3.5 acre prison site – work on redeveloping that land and its five listed buildings is due to begin later this year with shops, restaurants, housing and leisure outlets all on the list of potential uses.

Hambleton District Council commissioned consultants to draw up detailed plans for the scheme which include formalised loading bays, disabled parking areas and bus stops, planting and improved surfacing. However proposals for Zetland Street will need to be agreed and drawn up with North Yorkshire County Council as the highways authority – and the alleyways are in private ownership.

“We want to improved accessibility between the High Street and the prison development,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“We have detailed designs for how these three areas could be improved – now we want to see what the county council, businesses in Zetland Street, landowners and key stakeholders think.”

He said sources of cash for the scheme is also being explored with applications for external funding already underway.

Members of Cabinet approved the consultation this week (Tuesday 11 April).

Further information

Aly Thompson (communications officer) on 01609 767063

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