Yarm High Street: Plans for new paving, seating and landscaping

People are being urged to give their views on the next stage of plans for Yarm High Street.

Stockton Council is asking residents, businesses and visitors to have their say on proposals for how Leveling Up Fund cash should be spent.

The main focus of the plans is to improve public spaces along Yarm High Street between Yarm Bridge at the North and Bentley Wynd to the south, as well as improvements to the riverside areas and Snaiths Field.

The first round of public consultation in the summer found that improving footpaths, reducing street clutter, adding more planting, improving connections to the river and more resting and seat spaces were of high importance to those who responded.

Now, people are being asked for their views on improvements including new paving throughout the High Street, de-cluttering of pavements, new landscaping and seating, additional cycle spaces and new electric vehicle charging points.

The council has stressed these plans would see no loss of parking spaces along the High Street.

Potential additional measures have also been drawn up including more new areas of paving, extended landscaping, seating and larger public spaces, and larger cycle storage areas, however these would result in a loss of some parking areas.

The public consultation starts on Wednesday, December 7 and will end on Friday, January 6.

Councilor Nigel Cooke, cabinet member for regeneration and housing at Stockton Council, said: “We want to make the most of this exciting opportunity to improve Yarm High Street and that’s why we’re bringing these plans back to the table to find out what people like and what they feel is at an appropriate level of change on the High Street.

“We’ll then take this feedback away and use it to develop the package of improvements for further detailed design, which will help to reflect the needs of everyone who uses the High Street.”

Stockton South Constituency was awarded £20m from the Government’s Leveling Up Fund. Other projects include improving Preston Park, and creating better cycle links across Yarm and Eaglescliffe.

The proposals can be viewed online from Wednesday, December 7 at https://www.stockton.gov.uk/yarm/consultation, with an online questionnaire going live on this date, or in-person at Yarm Library, where there will be a paper copy of the questionnaire available, also from Wednesday, December 7.

Members of the council’s town centers investment team will be available to discuss the design options at Yarm Library on:

  • Wednesday, December 7 between 10am and 1pm
  • Friday, December 9 between 12pm and 3pm
  • Tuesday, December 13 between 10am and 1pm
  • Thursday, December 15 between 12pm and 3pm

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