The Living Streets Renaissance work in Selby town centre is on schedule to be completed at the beginning of August, with improvements to the main road through the town centre set to be finished towards the end of June.
The scheme will transform the town centre to make it more pedestrian friendly so it is easier for people to access local shops and it will improve the local environment making Selby into a destination for visitors.
The Living Streets work is part of the multi-million pounds Renaissance project, which will deliver a series of improvements to the area with the aim of encouraging investment and trade. The Renaissance works also include the Linear park scheme along Ousegate in Selby, which will create a new gateway into the town from Barlby. Promoting prosperity is a long-term strategic priority for Selby District Council.
The Renaissance scheme is a partnership between Selby District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward. Funding for the scheme comes from Yorkshire Forward with the Living Streets work facilitated by Selby District Council and North Yorkshire County Council; funding for the highways improvements along Gowthorpe comes from the County Council.
Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "Every week I've been to see how work is progressing and we're now at the stage of things beginning to take their final shape; you can see what a difference the development will make to the town centre. The area around the Abbey has been opened out and already looks vastly different to a few months ago when the work first started. The Gowthorpe roadway improvements support the precinct work by making it safer and easier for pedestrians in the area.
"This is about making Selby a destination, a place to visit, to come and shop, to look around our Abbey and spend some time here. The Living Streets work, along with the Linear Park development along Ousegate, will give a long-term boost to the local area to support the town for many years to come. Ultimately this benefits all sorts of different businesses in the town centre.
"Inevitably the works have caused some disruption, but they've been designed in such a way so as to reduce the impact on local shops and offices as far as possible. We've also been able to offer extra support to some of those directly affected, such as the market traders. "
Chair of the Selby Town Team, Michael Dyson, added, "We're coming to the final stage of the scheme and we can start to see the benefits for the town centre. The views of the Abbey have already been enhanced and the new-look precinct and road improvements build on the Abbey's presence at the heart of the town.
"The benefits of this work will be long-term; encouraging people to use their local services and encouraging new visitors into the area, lying, as it does, so close to the major attractions of York and within easy reach of Leeds and Hull."
The Gowthorpe roadway improvements include new disabled parking bays on James Street and measures to reduce traffic speed. There will also be new bus stop arrangements to benefit passengers getting on and off public transport. There are a number of town centre car parks with easy access to local shops.
Please click on the following link to view the dedicated Renaissance section of our website - Living Streets - Renaissance 2009