Town branches out with centrepiece scheme

Published: 3rd Feb 2012

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WORK is under way on a new-look focal point for a market town, following consultation with residents.

The improvements to the Market Place and Westgate, in Guisborough, are being undertaken by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

And it is hoped that the developments will provide a boost for both local people and visitors.

The authority had sought the views of the Guisborough Town Partnership, Guisborough In Bloom and Guisborough Pride groups, as well as the town council, as to how the centre of the community could be enhanced.

As a result, the Council is investing £35,000 in a new seating area and trees to replace temporary benches which had been installed in 2010.

New benches, bins and tree guards will be installed along Westgate to help make the town centre a more attractive venue.

Meanwhile, information boards are being erected in the Market Place, Fountain Street Car Park, by Westgate Park and at the Forest and Walkway Centre.

They will provide information for residents and visitors about the Town Trail, developed by the community last year, and the Town to Forest Loop, which was created by a partnership between the Council and the 'Walkers are Welcome' group.

The projects have been funded by the Rural Development Programme for England and form part of the Councils Regeneration Masterplan, which is aiming to bring a wealth of fresh investment to the Borough.

Councillor Mark Hannon, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: "This work has followed on from an earlier shop front improvements scheme and offers yet another boost to Guisborough.

"We hope residents will appreciate the improvements and that, by improving the attractiveness of the town centre, tourists will also be encouraged to spend longer there.

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