Billingham town centre is currently privately owned and has benefited from significant Council investment over the years. The town centre's main shopping area remains popular but there are parts which could benefit from further investment or change of use.
Proposals to create inclusive and accessible new spaces, while protecting its retail offering were created following the Lets talk about our towns 2020. Intervention and improvement in Billingham town centre is necessary to achieve this vision.
Council investment in Billingham
We have led a number of programmes over the last 10 years to make Billingham a different type of place and experience
- in 2011, we invested £18million in a large refurbishment of Billingham Forum and Theatre, to ensure a wide range of community and leisure facilities will remain in the town centre. The popular ice rink, swimming and gym facilities were kept in place and improved
- we completed a £2million investment in 2013 to improve public spaces and paving in the town centre. This included new public toilets, new lighting and seating as well improvements to bus stops and parking
- in 2014, we invested £3.5 million in the construction of a new customer service centre and library
- a park and children's play equipment has been added to John Whitehead Park
- recently, we also invested in improved seating in the theatre
- we also support Billingham International Folklore Festival, which draws in new visitors to the town centre
The Levelling Up Fund
Billingham has been awarded £20million from the Government's Levelling Up Fund in a major boost to the Council's regeneration plans for the town centre.
The Levelling Up Fund is designed to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the country, supporting town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets.
A masterplan for Billingham is being prepared to explore potential redevelopment opportunities in the town.
The masterplan will build on the previous findings from the 'Let's Talk About Our Towns' public consultation in 2020, assess potential opportunities for future development and how they can be delivered alongside the owners of the town centre.
Further updates will be published on this website.