Improvements around Yarm’s Town Hall and war memorial are complete in time for the town’s First World War centenary commemorations.
Stockton Council has invested £500,000 to enhance the High Street ahead of the Yarm 1914 events on Saturday 2, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 August.
The improvements include:
• Paving the area around the Town Hall with Yorkshire Stone which is complemented by a small area of granite “cobble sets” to make it easier for people to get to the Town Hall, disabled toilet and war memorial
• Upgrading the Pelican crossings to Puffin crossings with sensors so people can cross the road more easily and safely
• Introducing new lighting to illuminate the Town Hall at night and heritage style street lighting throughout the High Street
• Enhancing CCTV coverage to improve community safety
Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman, said: “This weekend’s events are very important for Yarm and its residents so I am really pleased that these works will be complete by the weekend so that the High Street looks its best for the First World War commemorations which have been organised by Yarm 1914 Commemoration Group in conjunction with Yarm Town Council and partners.
“The spectacular new lighting really does enhance the appearance of the War Memorial, which has also been cleaned, making it the perfect setting for the town to come together on Monday evening to remember the contribution and sacrifice made by so many during the First World War.”
Chairman of Yarm Town Council, Councillor Peter Monck, welcomed the investment, he said: “I would like to thank Stockton Borough Council for all of their hard work. The investment has improved the aesthetic of the High Street as well as making access around the Town Hall area much more user friendly. I am particularly delighted that the work is being completed in advance of the First World War commemorations which are taking place on August 2, 3 and 4.”
For further information on Stockton Council’s investment in Yarm visit www.stockton.gov.uk/investinginyarm