Have your say on town centre improvement funding

17 Mar 2017

Businesses and residents in Ashington have another opportunity to influence the detailed options for how £250,000 investment will be used to improve the town's Station Road.  

Northumberland County Council, in partnership with Mosedale Gillatt Architects, will be holding another drop in session on emerging plans for the Ashington Building Frontage Improvement (BFI) Scheme on Tuesday 21st March from 10.30am-2pm.  

The drop in is at Unit 1, Wansbeck Square, Ashington next to Northumberland County Council Customer Services office.  Anyone is welcome to call in and there is no need to book or register. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.  

Information and details of how to comment will also be online from Tuesday 21st March by searching for ‘Ashington BFI Scheme’ at www.northumberland.gov.uk.  The final deadline for comments will be Friday 31st March 2017.

Mosedale Gillatt Architects have now completed the second phase of their commission including an appraisal of Station Road currently and the development of options for investment projects that will improve the area.  

This builds on the first phase undertaken earlier this year, this involved assessing the general condition of the buildings and shopfronts as well as the contribution they make to the shopping street.  

The results of phase one were shared and feedback has influenced the emerging options which have now been prepared.

The County Council would welcome the views of those that know and use Station Road at this final stage in the development process before the scheme is finalised and delivered during 2017 and 2018.

The Ashington BFI Scheme is being funded by the County Council and is developing with the support and input of Ashington Town Council and Ashington Town Team.  It is intended to provide a boost to the street scene, public realm and shopfronts on the High Street.   

The scheme is part of the wider Ashington Investment Plan aimed at revitalising the town including the development of Portland Park, the  new Leisure Centre and the £1.5m investment through the Station Road Improvement Scheme.   

Cllr Allan Hepple, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said: “This funding, in addition to the £1.5m already invested to re-open the street to traffic, demonstrates our commitment to boosting the High Street’s prospects in addition to the wider investment in Portland Park.  

“This is a great opportunity for the business community to get on board and revitalise the look and feel of Station Road and improve their trading prospects.  I hope business owners and landlords will get involved and help to determine how the funding will be used through this consultation.”

Tim Mosedale, Director, Mosedale Gillatt Architects said: “The first drop in session was well attended and it was great to hear everyone’s views - we have now developed the ideas further and would encourage people to discuss the ideas and share their views. The Building Frontage Improvement scheme is a real opportunity to have a say on changing Station Road for the better.”