Two key streets in Doncaster town centre are set to be rejuvenated into vibrant areas, after the council received approval of a £1.35m grant from Sheffield City Region.
The £2 million Quality Streets scheme will see significant improvements made to Hall Gate and Silver Street.
The changes will see Hall Gate transformed into a pedestrian-friendly area. The road will be narrowed to make it one way to all traffic and the pavements will be upgraded and widened. This will create more outside space for businesses to have outside seating areas. Bus stops will be improved, dedicated cycle lanes installed and existing parking bays removed.
Silver Street will become a fully pedestrianised area, with the street closed to all traffic and loading bays and the taxi rank removed. This will have benefits for businesses, allowing them to create al-fresco areas, and visitors and residents will be able to enjoy the space and new attractions free from traffic.
New lighting will also be introduced on Silver Street and will be themed for major events, including the Tour de Yorkshire, the St Leger and the Christmas lights switch-on.
It is anticipated the development will bring new employment opportunities and inward investment to Doncaster.
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “When I became Mayor I promised to support the regeneration of Doncaster town centre, so I am delighted that we have been able to agree this funding to improve Hall Gate and Silver Street.”
“We have all seen how vulnerable Britain’s High Streets are with more people shopping online and the closure of household names like Woolworths, BHS and the recent announcement about House of Fraser stores.
“It is vital that we rethink how our town centres work to ensure they remain vibrant and sustainable places where more people live, work and visit. Doncaster has set out an ambitious but deliverable masterplan to achieve that and I will work with the Council to help drive that plan forward.”
The redevelopment of Hall Gate and Silver Street will help turn this area into the Innovation Quarter, as detailed in Doncaster’s Urban Centre Masterplan.
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Economic Development, said: “The plans for Hall Gate and Silver Street is another example of the Urban Centre Masterplan coming to fruition, showing that Doncaster is moving in the right direction and delivering on its ambitious regeneration plans.
“Currently on Silver Street, one side of the road houses bars and night clubs and the other side eateries. This creates a conflict between pedestrians and traffic, as people move from one side of the road to the other. By pedestrianising this area we will remove this barrier making the area safer and at the same time we will bring a real vibrancy into this part of the town centre.”
Funding has come from the Local Growth Fund (LGF), which is Government funding awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for projects that benefit the local area and economy.
Work to rejuvenate these streets will begin late summer 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2019.
Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP Board, said: “This investment will further improve Doncaster’s vibrant town centre, as the town moves forward with its ambitious regeneration plans.
“It is an excellent example of how local leaders are working together, with the Sheffield City Region Mayor and business leaders, to make decisions that achieve transformational change.
“This investment, which will transform Doncaster town centre, has been rigorously assessed to ensure that every pound spent will bring maximum return on investment.”
By 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England, which are investing LGF money in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.
For more details about the Quality Streets scheme visit the website here.