We are working to improve and enhance Scarborough precinct with new paving, street furniture and trees.

Why we are making the improvements

After many years of hard use, the existing paving, street furniture and trees have reached the end of their useful life, so a phased scheme will be carried out to replace them. There has been a need to make these improvements for a long time with the aim of enhancing the centre of the town for residents and visitors.

We are working closely with Scarborough Borough Council, businesses and traders to ensure the project goes as smoothly as possible, and during the work businesses will be open as usual.

The resurfacing of Westborough and part of Newborough will make a noticeable difference to people's shopping experience and will make Scarborough town centre a more attractive proposition for retailers looking to invest in the town, against a national picture of changing shopping habits and evolving town centres.

This investment is significant and is part of a wider regeneration plan, with the Scarborough Market Hall currently undergoing a major £2.78m facelift, which will result in the creation of a new floor and new market stalls. This will provide fantastic new opportunities for new enterprises as well shine a spotlight on a part of the town which is under used.

It is a major connection between the town centre and the seafront, has a wealth of great architecture spanning many centuries and styles and largely still maintains an amazing network of medieval lanes and snickets allowing easy access for the pedestrian.

Together with the county council, investment in Westborough and the work to transform Scarborough Market Hall, Scarborough Borough Council plans to apply for grant funding to highlight the ancient Old Town and improve the street scene from St Thomas Street to the harbour area, including Newborough and Eastborough. If successful, this will involve public realm improvements, new public art and much improved interpretation telling the story of this very important part of the town.

When the scheme will commence

The first phase is due to start on Monday 3 October 2016. This will be completed by the end of November 2016. There will then be a break until 9 January 2017 to minimise the impact of the works on the Christmas and New Year period. The second phase will commence 9 January 2017 until 3 March 2017. The third phase will commence 3 February 2017 until 17 March 2017. All phases should be finalised by 7 April 2017.

Dates are subject to change as winter weather can affect progress. You can click or tap the image below to view a larger version.


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Planned improvements

Street lighting has already been upgraded to enhance the area at night and to improve the energy efficiency of the lighting. Light columns have been moved to the edges of the precinct or fixed to buildings to create more open space for community events and festive markets.

Paving will be replaced from shop front to shop front and there will be a coloured tarmac "road" to try to encourage delivery drivers to keep to a safe area while making deliveries within the precinct.

New street furniture will be installed, along with improved planting schemes.

The scheme has been funded largely by North Yorkshire County Council, with additional funding from Scarborough Borough Council for the new street furniture and planting.

Access to shops and businesses

Access to businesses will be maintained while these improvement works take place.

Further information

Regular updates about progress on the town centre precinct scheme will be available through our Facebook page.

People can also sign up for regular email and newsletter updates by sending their email address to area3.whitby@northyorks.gov.uk