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Levenside Improvement Project - Public Consultation Extended to 30 October 2020

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Levenside Improvement Project

As a result of riverbank erosion and tree root pressure the footpath alongside the river Leven has deteriorated over the years. The old retaining wall has collapsed. The narrow paved footpath is throughout the whole of its length uneven making it hazardous to pedestrians and unsuitable for wheelchair or pushchair access.

Following public consultation Stokesley Town Council placed the repair and improvement of the Levenside footpath areas as one of our priority projects.

The attached drawings represent the thoughts on how the improvements can be made and are prepared for submission to Hambleton Planning for approval.

It is of note that the scope extends beyond the length of the existing paved footpath. For example there is a section from Bridge Road to the Jubilee footbridge. It also extends alongside Manor Close to the bridge near Stokesley Motors.

Another significant scope item is behind the Golden Lion (now Leven Hotel) where it is proposed to replace the existing concrete plank bridge with a timber handrailed bridge. This will provide a safer crossing point for not only pedestrians, but more notably wheelchair users and children in pushchairs.

The path itself will be 1200mm (4 feet) wide which is double that of the existing paved path. The material to be employed is resin bonded gravel (the colour is to be agreed and will not be the colour shown on the drawing). This provides an even non slip surface which is low maintenance. Additionally it has a degree of flexibility which is more amenable to tree root growth. There is a palette of colours in which the gravel is available to enable the selection of a path colour to blend with the surroundings.

The existing benches, enjoyed by so many, are to remain in place and access to the benches is incorporated in the path routing.

Your comments on the plans would be gratefully received by Friday, 30 October 2020 and can be made by e-mail to contact@stokesleytowncouncil.gov.uk or by posting your written comments through the Town Hall letterbox or posting to Freepost 'STOKESLEY TOWN COUNCIL'.  The attached plans are displayed in the Town Hall entrance if you would like to view them, you will need to wear a face covering in accordance with Government guidelines and you will be required to sanitise your hands upon entry.

Shortly following receipt and review of the public's comments it is planned to make a submission to HDC planning for planning approval.

If approval is granted then it should be possible to start construction works in the Spring next year, probably in phases as funds become available.