Still time to have a say on town plans

An artist's impression of the preferred plan for Station Road in Ashington.
An artist's impression of the preferred plan for Station Road in Ashington.

Residents and businesses in Ashington still have time to have their say on the preferred plan for Station Road.

Northumberland County Council has held drop in events at Wansbeck Square where people could find out more about the options that have been considered, and have their say.

Taking on board previous feedback and the views and needs of businesses and residents, the council has looked in detail at three options.

Working with Ashington Town Council, the Northumberland development company Arch, town councillor and Ashington Town Team, the council is working to improve the vitality of Station Road.

Outcomes that people have said they feel are important are to open up the road to through traffic; to retain the Jackie Milburn statue and provide space for events, to provide flexible space for the weekly market, to provide on-street parking for shopping and to provide a bus service.

The three options that have been considered are retaining but upgrading a pedestrianised street; opening the street to two-way traffic; and the preferred option, of opening the street to one-way traffic, westbound.

Anyone who has been unable to attend the events can see the exhibition at www.northumberland.gov.uk, and comments are welcomed up to Friday.

Those who wish to comment should email highwaysandneighbourhoodservices@northumberland.gov.uk, or alternatively write to Highways team, County Hall, Morpeth.