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DETAILED LOOK: Norton one-way designs to be unveiled

DETAILED LOOK: Norton one-way designs to be unveiled

Norton High Street Drone Image, Image: Stockton Council

A first detailed look at a new one way system for Norton will be unveiled by travel chiefs next month. 

Surveys to create a one way loop and extra parking at the southern end of Norton High Street have taken place this year.

Work is expected to start next year.

Now Stockton Council bosses say they will showcase designs at two events in Norton on December 1 and December 3

Officials are looking to create a one-way loop from Norton Road, north along the southern end of the High Street, and right to the roundabout near the Red Lion pub.

Leaders are also aiming to create extended areas for pedestrians to offer them more room along the High Street.

Spaces for events, extra car parking, and leisure have been lined up – with improvements planned in front of Costa Coffee.

New paving, landscaping, and planting are also planned along the southern end of the High Street with extra seating areas.

Drawings and imagery will be unveiled to the public on December 1.

Improving traffic flow in response to Norton’s popularity – particularly in the evening – has been a focus of council chiefs.

Taxi congestion and parking problems ranked highly as talking points in the village during a 2020 consultation on the High Street.

Some businesses and homeowners along the southern section of the High Street have sounded pleas for the entire southern strip to be pedestrianised.

But converting the two-way road south of Harland Place to a one way loop still remains the council’s aim.

Cash from a £3m fund has been put towards work in Norton alongside projects in Ingleby Barwick and Yarm.

Early images for the area have shown around 20 extra spaces for cars or taxis had been planned.

The council says changes would also see room for specialist markets and events to set up shop in the village as part of the authority’s wider programme.

Views will be sought at the two December events at Norton Library before final designs are completed.

Meanwhile, work to replace the duck pond fountain and its wider area are set to be finished in spring.

Cllr Nigel Cooke, cabinet member for regeneration, said the rise of Norton’s daytime and evening economy was “clear for all to see”.

He added: “People want to be a part of Norton and its success but with that comes improvements that need to be made to give everyone the best experience.

“These proposed plans are the next step in the journey for future-proofing Norton and ensuring it is fit for purpose for future generations.

“They include improvements to traffic flow, a new public realm that will allow for markets and events to take place, wider pedestrianised areas to allow more space and increased car parking in the area.”

Sessions featuring CGI will be held on Wednesday, December 1, from 10am to 1pm, and Friday, December 3, from 4pm to 7pm at Norton Library.

 

Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter


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