Survey to help shape future town proposal

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Businesses are being asked for input on plans to improve a main shopping street in a Northumberland town.

Every business in Station Road, Ashington, has been sent a questionnaire by Northumberland County Council ahead of a consultation later this year on possible changes to the street layout.

The short survey is asking businesses a range of queries from whether they have vehicles delivering to them, arrangements for waste collection through to details of the properties themselves.

Along with the surveys the council will also be carrying out some ground investigation work by excavating a number of trial holes at locations along the road and footpath of Station Road.

This work will be carried out on Sunday, August 2.

The council is already working closely with its development company Arch on the regeneration of the North East Quarter of the town and also to ensure that improvements to Station Road would be in keeping with the wider development proposals.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “We’re always looking at ways of developing our high streets – both for the traders and those who shop there. To establish what improvements may be practical and successful along Station Road, we need to have full information about it.”

“We also want to know about the use of the street by taxis and other vehicles, alongside the aspirations for the market and other local events and will be talking to the relevant stakeholders over the summer.

“Once we have gathered this information we will be able to develop proposals for the street which we will then consult on with the public – most likely in the autumn.”