Doncaster Council’s vision to rejuvenate two key streets in the town centre into vibrant areas has been approved by Cabinet. The £2 million Quality Streets scheme will see significant improvements made to Hall Gate and Silver Street.
The proposed changes will see Hall Gate transformed into a pedestrian friendly area. The road will be narrowed to make it one way to all traffic and the pavements will be upgraded and made wider. This will create more outside space for businesses to have alfresco areas. Bus stops will be improved, dedicated cycle lanes installed and existing parking bays removed.
Silver Street will become a fully pedestrian area with the street closed to all traffic and loading bays and the taxi rank removed. This will have great benefits for businesses allowing them to create alfresco areas and visitors and residents will be able to enjoy the space and new attractions free from traffic. The proposal also includes introducing unique lighting to help build vibrancy to the area. The lighting will be themed for different events such as the Tour de Yorkshire or St Leger and this will help to create a real buzz in the town centre.
The proposals will not only bring vibrancy to the area but it is anticipated the development will bring new employment opportunities and inward investment to Doncaster.
The redevelopment of Hall Gate and Silver Street will help turn this area into the Innovation Quarter which was detailed in the Urban Centre Masterplan.
The scheme will be funded by the council and is seeking another £1.35million from the Sheffield City Region Growth Fund (SCRIF).
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Economic Development, said: “The proposals for Hall Gate and Silver Street will help rejuvenate the area and help businesses diversify their offer. This is another example of the Urban Centre Masterplan coming to fruition, showing that Doncaster is moving in the right direction and delivering on its ambitious regeneration plans.
“Currently on Silver Street, one side of the road houses bars and night clubs and the other side eateries. This creates a conflict between pedestrians and traffic, as people move from one side of the road to the other. By pedestrianising this area we will remove this barrier making the area safer and at the same time we will bring a real vibrancy into this part of the town centre.
“We are currently speaking to all the businesses situated on Hall Gate and Silver Street, to gather their views about the proposals. We have also spoken to taxi drivers and seeking residents’ views that live in accommodation on these streets. The feedback we have received so far has been positive and they are in favour of the changes. We anticipate that works will begin in late summer.”
For more details about the Quality Streets scheme visit: www.doncaster.gov.uk/qualitystreets