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RESIDENTS and businesses can see how the latest phase of a £23m regeneration scheme will transform their town centre.

People are being invited to view the latest designs for the revamp of Billingham town centre when they go on show.

The drawings at Billingham Forum will show how £2.35m from Stockton Borough Council and the centre owners Stockland Plc will be used to improve the town.

Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “I am delighted to see continued investment in Billingham town centre.

“Last year £18 million was invested in Billingham Forum and now we are getting ready to start the latest £2.35m physical improvement works.

“This latest phase will transform the town centre and make a significant difference to visitors as well as people who live and work there.”

The plans will be on display in the foyer from 11am on Monday, July 23, until 5pm on Friday, August 3.

Council officers and representatives from Stockland will also be at the Forum on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am-2pm to help answer any questions.

Alison Robertson, of Stockland, said: “We are continuing to work towards attracting new retailers and businesses to the town and planning permission has been secured for Fulton Foods and a JD Weatherspoons Public House.

“I hope Billingham residents take the opportunity to come to the Forum so they can see what their new-look town centre will look like.”

Work will begin later this year after a contractor has been appointed.

Improvements will include new paving, lighting, and street furniture throughout the centre.

A dedicated space for Billingham’s market will be created in the town square and the paving will be strengthened so traders can have vehicle access to it.

Building facades will also be improved, brickwork cleaned and windows replaced, while new stairs and handrails will improve access to the upper levels.

New public toilets will open in September and new stairways will be constructed by Christmas.