New look for Selby

Cllr Chris Metcalfe, the District Council’s lead for communities and economic development, celebrates the launch of new street furniture in Selby.

Giant plant pots, multi coloured seating blocks and a brand new stage on which to entertain your friends – just some of the new sights in Selby this August, under a new scheme designed to brighten up the town.

These new installations will offer places for people to sit, brighten up the town centre with new plants and flowers, and it’s hoped they’ll be a talking point about the town and what it has to offer.  The installations have been put in place by Selby District Council, working alongside local retailers through the Selby Town Enterprise Partnership.  This is part of the District Council’s work to help attract visitors into Selby and to encourage people living in the area to use local retailers and services.

These will complement the existing floral displays in the town, which are funded and organised by Selby Town Council.

The new installations are being put in place this week.  They’ll remain in the town for around three months.  Each will include a range of plants and flowers as well as offering new spaces for people to sit.  Planting will take place during this week, with the installations fully completed by the weekend.

Cllr Chris Metcalfe is the District Council’s executive member with responsibility for communities and economic development.  He explained, “This is about us giving practical support to businesses to brighten up Selby town centre.  It’s already got so much going for it – with fantastic floral displays and our magnificent Abbey overlooking the market place and main shopping street.  It’s small touches - such as these new installations - that can really make a difference, helping to create a fun and lively atmosphere.

“These displays will add even more colour to Selby town centre and we hope people enjoy using them and seeing them.”

New seating blocks are being installed on Finkle Street, a temporary stage and seating area will be at the Market Place outside Selby Abbey and a number of deliberately over-sized plant pot displays will be placed along Gowthorpe in the town centre.  There will also be new outside seating mid-way between the Abbey and the Town Hall junction.

Mark Wetherell, Director of Wetherells Department Store in Selby and a member of the Selby Town Enterprise Partnership, explained why they are backing the scheme, “This is about creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere in the town centre, which ultimately encourages people to come into the town and use local shops and services.  We want these splashes of colour to be a real talking point to help put Selby on the map.”

The installations have been designed by Yorkshire-based PWP Design.  Director, Simon Hall, added, “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Selby District Council and Selby Town Enterprise Partnership on this innovative project for the town.  Pop-up features like this can bring new activity, a splash of colour and change the way visitors use public spaces. It’s a fantastic way to test ideas, create interest and support local businesses. We hope visitors enjoy the planters, features and seating”.