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Stockton Borough Council have recently purchased the Castlegate Centre and the Swallow Hotel, which followed the earlier acquisition of Wellington Square. This now seems like a great time to ask questions about how we shape the town centre.

Stockton Borough Council are so proud of all our 6 town centres and they will be asking you for your ideas about all of our town centres in the very near future, but this first conversation is to gather your thoughts and ideas about the development of Stockton Town centre.

They would like you to think about how Stockton Town centre 10 years from now and what you would like to see, for example more housing, business or more leisure facilities such as a riverside park. You also may have other ideas as to what you would like to see just let us know.

Stockton Borough Council

“We said we’d step in and take control in our town centres – that’s exactly what we’re doing and now we want your views.”

The fightback

This has all been part of the Council’s pledge to lead a fightback across all six of our Borough’s town centre and help them thrive.

Central to those plans is a commitment to step in and buy key sites and assets in the Borough’s town centres when such opportunities arise.

And having taken advantage of opportunities to own and control key sites in Stockton, the Council is now seeking people’s views on future developments.

Councillor Nigel Cooke, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, said: “Everybody knows town centres are struggling and time and again I see and hear local people calling for something to be done to help them.

“The problem we’ve faced in the past is that we’ve had very little influence over key sites and properties in our town centres because, contrary to what a lot of people think, we don’t actually own them.

“We said we’d step in and take control where opportunities arise, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We will do anything we can to support all of our six towns – Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Norton, Stockton, Thornaby and Yarm – to be successful.

How can I give my views on the town’s future?

There are a lots of ways to get in touch. All views must be received by Monday, October 21 so they feed into the Council’s final bid to the Future High Streets Fund.

Steve Rose, Catalyst Chief Executive said, “This is great news for Stockton-on-Tees! Everyone should be part of this consultation period and put forward their views. Let’s take this opportunity to create a thriving riverside community, which puts our town centre in the forefront of modern planning.”

You can fill in an online questionnaire by visiting www.stockton.gov.uk/towncentres There are also hard copies available in the libraries and the Rediscover Shop where you can fill the response in and pop it in the ballot box provided or you may prefer to take it away with you and fill it in at home with a return envelope.

Or you can attend one of the following drop-in sessions and fill in a paper copy:

  • Wednesday, September 25, 11am to 3pm, Rediscover Shop – Stockton town centre
  • Thursday, September 26, 11am to 3pm, Thornaby Central Library
  • Saturday, September 28, 11am to 3pm, Rediscover Shop – Stockton town centre
  • Monday, September 30, 11am to 3pm, Billingham Library
  • Tuesday, October 1, 11am to 3pm, Norton Library
  • Wednesday, October 2, 11am to 3pm, Rediscover Shop – Stockton town centre
  • Thursday, October 3, 4pm to 8pm, Stockton Central Library
  • Monday, October 7, 11am to 3pm, Yarm Library
  • Thursday, October 10, 4pm to 8pm, Stockton Central Library

There’ll be drop-in sessions at Ingleby Barwick Tesco and Teesside Park too – look out for details.

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