Council starts next phase of Teesdale improvements
Thursday, Aug 21 2014Work to install new lighting and paving is under way in the Teesdale area of Stockton Borough.
Stockton Council is investing around £250,000 in the improvements to the area, which was once owned by the Teesside Development Corporation.
Much of the area is unadopted but once the improvements are complete, the Council intends to adopt them and take responsibility for maintaining their infrastructure.
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “We’ve had a number of complaints about this privately-owned area over the years.
“There has been a lack of maintenance around the river and canals frontage in particular and this has manifested itself in weed growth, missing areas of paving and damaged trees and street lighting.
“Local councillors, past and present, have worked with their communities for years to highlight these issues and I’m delighted that we are able to continue our work to improve, and ultimately adopt, this part of Teesdale.
“This will be of great benefit to businesses and residents and is testament to the tireless work of all councillors. We will do all we can to minimise inconvenience and would appeal for patience while the work is carried out.”
The latest phase of work got under way on Monday (August 18) and is expected to last around 20 weeks.
It will see a redesign and replacement of the street lighting and the installation of new lighting under the canal bridges.
Seating and litter bins will be refurbished, damaged trees will be removed and areas of paving will be resurfaced.
The work follows last year’s improvements around Teesdale’s Victoria Bridge and Anchorage Mews.