In the 1980s the bitumen surfaces of Church Street, Grape Lane, Sandgate and Henrietta Street were replaced by stone. This work had a transformational impact on the historic core of the town increasing visitor numbers with consequential economic gains. My proposal is to replicate the success of this scheme on the west side of the town centre by stone paving the following narrow historic streets – Cliff Street, Silver Street and Hunter Street to deliver the following benefits:-
1 The character of these streets which are flanked by many listed buildings would be enhanced in turn generating business confidence and economic regeneration.
2 The attraction of this part of the town would be much increased, these streets are often missed by tourists and the extra footfall would benefit retail and food/drink outlets. There would also be spin-off benefits for commercial premises in Skinner Street with increased investment and employment opportunities.
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