Tees

£2.35m facelift for Billingham town centre

A town centre in Stockton-on-Tees is to be given a £2.35m facelift.

The work in Billingham is part of Stockton Council's £23m regeneration programme, which has already seen the Forum leisure complex restored.

Work will begin in July with new public toilets in the West Precinct, said to be a priority.

The next phase of the improvements should be complete in late 2013, and will involve new paving, feature lighting, seating and street furniture.

The plans include the creation of a dedicated market place in the Town Square, the renovation of two footbridges linking the precinct with the Kingsway car park and the removal of two disused bridges.

The council will contribute £1.75m towards to the plans, with the remainder being picked up by centre owners Stockland Plc.

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