RESIDENTS who use the shopping parades in Port Clarence and Ochil Terrace in Billingham will soon benefit from improvements.
At Port Clarence a small lay-by is being constructed to improve parking and the introduction of dropped kerbs will make it easier for less mobile shoppers and those with small children in buggies to use the shops.
Meanwhile, at Ochil Terrace work is under way to create new parking bays, update the pavements and introduce new street furniture.
It is the latest phase of a Borough-wide shopping parade enhancement programme. Last year work took place to rejuvenate High Newham Court in Hardwick, Redhill Road shops in Roseworth and Windlestone Road in Billingham.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “I’m really pleased that we are extending the improvement programme to other parts of the Borough this year.
“Shopping parades are well used in communities across the Borough so it is really important that they are in a good state of repair and accessible for all.”