[A] public drop-in event is taking place in Alston on Thursday 3 May to present to the local community a selection of potential plans and ideas for the regeneration of Front Street. The event takes place at Alston House between 2.30pm and 7.30pm and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend so that the council can develop a clear understanding of the wants and needs of the local community.
A variety of concepts will be on display at the event, and these will be left in situ for a number of days afterwards so people can go back and look at them, or for those who are unable to attend the drop-in. The materials will also be available to view via the county council website.
To allow the design team to develop an understanding of residents’ views, people will be asked about how and where they would spend their money, what type of design they think would be best for each zone and how the layout of the street should look when completed.
This session will then feed in to the various option designs that will be presented to the local community at a future public event for their consideration, and ultimately for them to help decide what the final design(s) will look like. The council considers it extremely important to engage with the local community at every stage of the design and development of the Front Street project and is keen to get as much feedback as possible to help inform the plans.
Cllr Claire Driver, Local Member for Alston, said: “This is a fantastic project for Alston and the wider local community, and I am delighted to be hosting an event where we can get a really good understanding of what local people want, need and expect from their town centre. I am incredibly proud to represent this community, so it’s important that they are involved at every stage of the project, and I am very excited about how it will look and serve the town once completed! I’d urge everyone to come along to this event and give us the feedback we need to improve Alston for the future!”