Consultation to be carried out ahead of Victoria Road improvements

Residents and businesses of Victoria Road in Darlington will be asked to help form plans to improve the area.

Victoria Road is a key route in Darlington and helps form the first impression of many visitors as they make their way from Bank Top into the town centre.

The road is set to be overhauled as part of Darlington Borough Council’s long-term vision, after the council’s application for funding was successful.

As part of the plans, Groundwork North East & Cumbria has been appointed to undertake a consultation process.

The first stage, which will start in mid-November, will be to identify what issues people have with the way the street is now, and any suggestions for improvements.

Feedback will be used to create several options, before a second phase of consultation will gather feedback on those suggestions.

A final report, outlining any recommendations, is expected by the end of March 2019, with delivery of the improvements anticipated by 2019/2020.

The project is funded with monies form the Sustainable Access to Employment programme and is supported by Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Councillor Nick Wallis, Cabinet member for Leisure, Local Environment and Transport, said: “Victoria Road is often the first glimpse people get of Darlington.

“For one reason or another, it sadly does not always paint the town in its best light.

“We have an opportunity to make a real and positive difference in the area.

“To do that, we want to hear the views of residents and businesses, as well as those using the station.”

Wallis added: “Watch this space for further details on the consultation and how to share your views.”

Details of the consultation will be published on the Darlington Borough Council website or on social media.

Source: Darlington Borough Council

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