Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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WANTED: Your views on Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Norton, Thornaby and Yarm

Friday, January 03, 2020

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Views on the future of town centres and high streets in Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Norton, Thornaby and Yarm are being sought by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

It’s all part of the Council’s pledge to lead a fightback across all six of the Borough’s town centres and help them thrive.

That fightback got under way last year, with the Council taking advantage of opportunities to own and control key sites in Stockton town centre.

And now the Council is seeking people’s views on the future of the other five centres in the Borough.

Councillor Nigel Cooke, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, said: “Everybody knows town centres and high streets are struggling and time and again I see and hear local people calling for something to be done to help them.

“We’ve recognised that and we’ve responded by launching this fightback. We will do anything we can to support all of our six towns – Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Norton, Stockton, Thornaby and Yarm – to be successful.

“The first of those conversations – about Stockton town centre – took place late last year due to Stockton being shortlisted to bid to the Government’s Future High Streets Fund and us needing people’s views in time to help shape the bid.

“The bid is now being drawn-up, and we’ll have more on it in a few weeks’ time, but for now our attention shifts to starting very similar conversations with people about the other five centres in the Borough.

“Once again, these will be very open and honest conversations, with nothing ruled in, and nothing ruled out. We want to know what our residents want and expect of their town centres and high streets.”

How can I give my views?

There are five different ‘Let’s talk about our towns’ documents – for Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Norton, Thornaby and Yarm – complete with questionnaires.

You can download any of these documents and complete their questionnaires online by visiting www.stockton.gov.uk/towncentres

Paper copies of all five documents are also available in Billingham Library, Norton Library, Ingleby Barwick Library, Thornaby Central Library, Yarm Library and Stockton Central Library.

You can return completed questionnaires in the boxes provided in each of these libraries or, if you’d rather take one home to complete it and return it by post you can pick up a freepost envelope in these libraries too.

Alternatively, you can attend one of the following drop-in sessions – please note you can discuss any of the towns at any of these sessions:

Norton

Tuesday, January 7, 11am to 3pm, Norton Library

Wednesday, January 22, 11am to 3pm, Stockton Central Library

Wednesday, January 22, 4pm to 7pm, Norton Library

Saturday, January 25, 11am to 2pm, Rediscover Shop – Stockton town centre

Thornaby

Thursday, January 9, 11am to 3pm, Thornaby Central Library

Wednesday, January 22, 11am to 3pm, Stockton Central Library

Thursday, January 23, 4pm to 7pm, Thornaby Central Library & ASDA Thornaby

Saturday, January 25, 11am to 2pm, Rediscover Shop – Stockton town centre

Yarm

Thursday, January 9, 4pm to 7pm, Yarm Library

Monday, January 20, 11am to 3pm, Yarm Library

Wednesday, January 22, 11am to 3pm, Stockton Central Library

Saturday, January 25, 11am to 2pm, Rediscover Shop – Stockton town centre

Billingham

Monday, January 13, 11am to 3pm, Billingham Library

Tuesday, January 21, 11am to 3pm, Billingham Library

Wednesday, January 22, 11am to 3pm, Stockton Central Library

Saturday, January 25, 11am to 3pm, Rediscover Shop – Stockton town centre

Ingleby Barwick

Wednesday, January 22, 11am to 3pm, Stockton Central Library

Saturday, January 25, 11am to 2pm, Rediscover Shop – Stockton town centre

Monday, January 27, 1pm to 5pm, Ingleby Barwick Library

Tuesday, January 28, 5pm to 8pm, Ingleby Barwick Library

Or, if you can’t get online or make it to any of the drop-in sessions, you can call 01642 526 614 and have paper copies of any the questionnaire documents posted to you with a freepost envelope so you can return it.

All responses must be received by Friday, January 31.

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