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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

New multi-million pound facilities will make a difference in Billingham

Thursday, September 06, 2012


People living in Billingham are to gain easy access to a whole range of first-class facilities within their town centre.

As part of the town's multi-million pound regeneration, Billingham is to get a new, one-stop-shop style customer service centre.

Subject to consultation, people will be able to start using the improved facilities in two years time.

Detailed designs are now being developed for the £2.7 million building on the site of the former Billingham Art Gallery and Council offices.

It will bring together a Library, Customer Service facilities for Stockton Council and Tristar Homes (part of the Vela Group) as well as office space for Billingham Town Council all under one roof.

Tonight (Thursday 6 September) Stockton Council's Cabinet will hear how the exciting plans are progressing as well as finding out more about other major regeneration projects which are taking place in the town.

Among these is a proposal from NHS Stockton to significantly redevelop the Billingham Health Centre on Queensway to create an Integrated Health Centre which would provide improved access to health facilities for people who live in the town.

Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: "There is so much happening to help improve Billingham Town Centre and it is really exciting to see these plans are now progressing rapidly.

"I'm delighted to see so many of our partners coming together to provide all manner of improvements from health, to leisure and retail.

"The new customer service centre will make a real difference to people living in Billingham, it will save them time and mean they can access the facilities and services they need in comfortable and high quality surroundings."

Meanwhile, the Vela Group is preparing to submit a planning application for an extra care scheme which would provide 56 supported living apartments next to Billingham Community Centre to help older people live independently in their own homes for longer. Stockton Council's Planning Committee will consider the planning application later in the year.

The Council's Cabinet will also be updated on the £2.3 million improvements to the appearance and public facilities in Billingham Town Centre. New public toilets will open at the end of the month. Improvements to CCTV and the decoration and repair of brickwork and stairways will start next month.

Works including high quality paving, new seating, feature lighting and a canopy for the bandstand will begin early next year.

The town's John Whitehead Park is also getting a boost thanks to £130,000 from Sport England and £41,000 from SITA who runs the waste and household recycling plant at Haverton Hill.

The money will go towards a £260,000 scheme to create a new skate and BMX area, four improved tennis courts and a multi-use games area. This work will start early next year.

To find out more about investment in Billingham Town Centre visit www.stockton.gov.uk/billingham