Market Place is priority in Hexham's redevelopment plans

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Some of the shops in Hexham Market Place.
Some of the shops in Hexham Market Place.

FUNDING to implement new plans aimed at transforming Hexham Market Place has been identified as a top priority for the town.

Delivery of the project, which is currently being drawn up by Sustrans following two rounds of public consultation, was given the highest ranking possible by members of Hexham Town Council who were identifying projects for the Local Transport Plan.

The annual programme of work drawn up by Northumberland County Council is based on feedback from councillors, local organisations and residents, and prioritises projects according to the budget available.

Coun. Cath Homer told the latest town council meeting: “Our priority for the last two LTP years has been for all of the Market Place consultation to be completed.

“But for us to be able to move that project on, and to actually carry out those works, whatever they may be, it would have to be a top priority.”

Raising concerns over the safety of the junction of Eilansgate with the West Road, Coun. Tom Dodds asked for the whole area to be reviewed, for the safety of drivers and pedestrians.

And Coun. Rad Hare referred to the 20mph speed limit due to be introduced in the town centre to cover a triangular area including Woodlands, Hexham Bus Station, Station Road, Hallstile Bank, Market Street, Beaumont Street, Priestpopple and Battle Hill.

“The west end of town acquired a very fine Co-operative, and it seems to be doing very well by the number of cars in the car park and on the road,” said Coun. Hare.

“However, particularly on Sundays, it becomes a danger, not just the area in front of the Co-op, but in fact, the whole of that corner.”

He suggested there should be an extension of the 20mph speed limit up the West Road as far as Shaws Park.

The council agreed that all three projects should be submitted to the county council for consideration in the order reported.

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