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Improvement work to Town Centre on the cards - 8 February 2017

Major improvements to the links between Northallerton High Street and the town’s former prison site are being considered.

District Councillors have given the go ahead for a detailed scheme to be drawn up for changes to Zetland Street and two alleyways in the town – New Row and Central Arcade.

All three will be major pedestrian routes 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.

Members of Hambleton’s Cabinet this week (February 7) released £7,300 to progress the improvement scheme.

“When the prison site comes on line – and with the move of North Yorkshire Police to the neighbouring Alverton Court site - it is important that we create inviting and easily accessible connections from them to the town centre,” said Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Wilkinson.

“Initial work has identified Zetland Street and the two alleyways as the main routes into town – we are now looking for detailed drawings as to what could be done.”

He said proposals for Zetland Street will need to be agreed and drawn up with North Yorkshire County Council as the highways authority, but it could become single carriageway, have formalised loading bays, disabled parking spaces and bus stops and be improved with planting.

“We also hope shop owners will look at their building frontages and see how they can be involved in any improvements,” he added.

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