Northumberland County Council announced that 'final' touches are nearly in place for Hexham's revitalisation works in the town centre to be finished by the end of May.

Leading up to the finish line, next month will see Priestpopple, Battle Hill, and Cattle Market being resurfaced, which will require temporary evening road closures at the junction of Eastgate (B6306) and along Argyle Terrace from 6pm to 11pm.

The works will commence on Tuesday, May 7, and will continue for up to eight consecutive evenings until the road is fully surfaced, weather permitting.

There will also be an evening diversion in operation during this time via the A695 Corbridge Road and the B6307 at Dilston, B6306, C280, C282 through Whitley Chapel (to avoid B66306 Linnels Bridge, which is unsuitable for heavy vehicles) before re-joining the B6306, and this will be well signposted.

The improvement work is part of over £3.5 m investment, which has boosted the town centre through the Hexham High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) delivered by Northumberland County Council in partnership with Historic England.

Here is what our readers thought about the news.

Starting off the discussion, Hazel Wain said: "I think it looks good. Once the planters go in, wider parking bays, it will certainly improve things."

However many resident's disagree, such as Jacqueline Lambert who has said: "[It is] About time. 1big drama."

Anne Hughes agrees and adds:"[I think it has been a]Waste of money and business losses."