The next phase in a major £1 million project to boost Newcastle’s economy is about to start.
Staffordshire County Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council are working together to revamp the town centre and make it more pedestrian friendly.
County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “This major investment will see subtle but smart changes made to Newcastle town centre so it’s more appealing for people to visit and spend their money in the shops, restaurants and cafes.
“Prosperity is at the top of the agenda in Staffordshire and improving our town centres is a vital component to growing the local economy. Pedestrianising the town centre will create a thoroughfare between upper and lower High Street which will help to increase footfall and profits for local traders. These measures form part of the wider regeneration master plan for Newcastle.”
Borough Councillor Robin Studd, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “The borough council is delighted to work in partnership with Staffordshire County Council to help breathe new life into Newcastle town centre. The improvements are designed to make it easier and more pleasurable to shop while giving a much needed injection to our historic market in a bid to encourage more people to visit our wonderful town.”