Darlington Borough Council reveals plans for Feethams riverside redevelopment

Darlington Borough Council has revealed its plans for the redevelopment of the riverside at Feethams.

The redevelopment is set to improve the western bank of the River Skerne directly to the rear of the Town Hall and Bishopsgate House, and will include walkways, tree planting, seated areas and a viewing platform.

The scheme will incorporate stone from the archaeological dig which was carried out on the land where Bishopsgate House now stands.

As part of the redevelopment, the current Town Hall car park would be closed, with the lost spaces being compensated for in the Feethams multi storey car park. It is expected that work will commence later in the summer, subject to consultation.

Funding for the capital cost of the scheme comes from the Homes and Communities Agency, and proceeds from the Feethams Leisure Development. This money can only be spent on the riverside scheme as both pots of money are ringfenced.

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Councillor Nick Wallis, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Local Environment and Transport said: “With all the funding coming from an external Government agency, this is potentially an exciting development for the town centre.

“The plans show that the scheme will be a lovely green space which will incorporate part of Darlington’s history.”

Members of the public are being invited to view the plans, when they go on show at a drop-in at the Dolphin Centre on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 between 2pm and 7pm.

Comments must be received by Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, and should be sent to Capital.ProjectsOffice@darlington.gov.uk or alternatively you can comment by post at the following address: Head of Capital Projects, Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT.

Source: Darlington Borough Council

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