Details for an innovative scheme that aims to create a better environment for road users and residents in an area of Morpeth have again been on display.
A recent Stobhill Community Forum Coffee and Catch-up meeting gave people another chance to meet their local county councillor, Ian Lindley, and the lead engineer working on the streetscape project.
The comments about the new look for the key crossroads area at the junction of Shields Road, Jobling Crescent and Third Avenue were generally positive.
The pilot scheme was won for Stobhill by Coun Lindley from a Northumberland County Council capital funding stream set aside for the ‘civilised design’ approach.
He believes the final product will create a much better environment for residents, visitors and vehicle movement alike, without affecting on-street parking.
Coun Lindley said: “An improved street environment was a key aim identified by residents in the development plan for Stobhill which I commissioned along with partners Isos Housing (then Castle Morpeth Housing) in 2008.
“Like most worthwhile things, a lot of time and effort has been required to bring this to fruition, but it will all be worth it as experience elsewhere in Europe and the UK shows that this new approach, as well as looking better, brings many social and even economic benefits.
“The building works will be completed before April 2017.
“My aim for the following financial year will be to extend the improvements to the full length of the A192 from Stobhill Manor to the Telford Bridge, creating an attractive ‘gateway route’ to the town with better traffic flows.”
The new look St Aidan’s Church, which includes the community room extension, are linked into the design.
The Rector of Morpeth, Rev Simon White, said: “This streetscape scheme closely supports our work to build the strongest, happiest community we can in Stobhill.”