Work on a major improvement scheme in Northallerton is due to start on Monday (10 February).
And it will be business as usual for the shops and businesses along Zetland Street during the work – which is expected to take about three months.
The work will involve widening the footways and narrowing the carriageway to single vehicle width, with loading, taxi and parking bays. The footpaths will be paved in York stone and trees will be planted on the northern side of the footpath.
The improvements support the Treadmills retail and leisure development on the former prison site, upgrading vital links between the High Street and East Road, the main shopping area and the new development.
The work is part of a joint £4.5m project for town centre improvements between Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire County Council. The project has received £3.2m from the government’s Local Growth Fund, secured through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, with the remaining cost being borne by CNDCL (Central Northallerton Development Company), the developers of Treadmills and an element of match funding from Hambleton District Council.
Hambleton District Council Deputy Leader and Chairman of CNDCL, Councillor Peter Wilkinson, said: “This project will create stronger links between Treadmills and the town centre and make the area more attractive for visitors. We will be doing our best to create minimal disruption to the businesses in Zetland Street – which will all be open for business throughout the work.”
Cllr Caroline Dickinson, County Councillor for Northallerton division, said: “This is all about making our town’s businesses, both existing ones and those coming through new development, even more attractive to visitors. It’s vital that we unify the whole of the town centre to give the best possible experience to all who use it. I’m sure customers will continue to support businesses in the affected area while work takes place and will enjoy seeing the improvements take shape.”
Zetland Street will be closed to vehicles, but pedestrian access will be maintained for staff and customers and deliveries will be accommodated. “Business Open as Usual” signs will be in place.
Improvements will also be made to two ginnels, New Row and Central Arcade. These are privately owned but are public rights of way. To make them more inviting, the ginnels will be surfaced in York stone and the boundary walls enhanced. Footways on Elder Road will be extended.
Most of the work will be done between 8am and 6pm, but work in Elder Road, Central Arcade and at the thresholds of businesses will be done in the evening to minimise disruption. New Row will remain closed, as it is at present, and a diversion will remain in place until all work is completed.
David Dickson, Chair of the Infrastructure Board at York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, said: “Work in Zetland Street is part of a wider Local Growth Fund investment, secured by the Local Enterprise Partnership, totalling £11m. This investment for the town’s infrastructure will support the growth and prosperity of Northallerton and demonstrates York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership’s commitment to retaining the vibrancy and character of our unique Yorkshire market towns.”