The signs of a brighter time

Coun­cils act on ren­o­vat­ing sig­nage, but what about busi­nesses that could help too ..?

The Scarborough News - - ROAD SIGNS ... BEFORE AND AFTER - Scar­bor­ough news re­porter news­ Twit­ter@ the s car boro news

A campaign to up­date and re­place de­crepit sig­nage through­out Scar­bor­ough has now led to more than 120 smarter new signs.

The ac­tion fol­lows a partnership be­tween The Scar­bor­ough News and the county coun­cil, which in­vited read­ers to sug­gest which signs needed re­plac­ing in ad­di­tion to its own plans.

North York­shire County Coun­cil has al­most com­pleted a £90,000 pro­gramme to re­new tourism and di­rec­tional signs around the town.

The in­vest­ment in sig­nage comes on top of about £3 mil­lion which the county coun­cil will have com­mit­ted over the past year to im­prov­ing Scar­bor­ough’s high­ways.

The lat­est sign to be re­placed is the board at Queen Mar­garet’s Road, off Seamer Road, which was partly re­paired by black tape for years. The new sign pro­vides ex­tra in­for­ma­tion di­rect­ing peo­ple to York, East­field and Crossgates and Thirsk as well as to Whitby and Scar­bor­ough town cen­tre.

The re­place­ment signs through­out Scar­bor­ough town now in­clude newer at­trac­tions such as Al­pa­mare wa­ter­park.

A county coun­cil spokesman said: “The county coun­cil has been work­ing with Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil and traders in the plan­ning and

de­sign of the new signs.

“The sig­nage pro­gramme is in ad­di­tion to about £3m which the county will have spent im­prov­ing Scar­bor­ough’s high­ways, in­clud­ing re­con­struc­tion of the paved ar­eas on Bar Street and Aberdeen Walk and Newborough be­tween Queen Street and St Thomas Street and the ma­jor resur­fac­ing of Royal Al­bert Drive and Sand­side.

“Other car­riage­way resur­fac­ing works have in­cluded in­cluded

Val­ley Road be­tween St James Road and West­bourne Grove out­side the new col­leges – the UTC and Coven­try Univer­sity and the new sports vil­lage. The car­riage­way was also resur­faced on A165 Val­ley Bridge Parade be­tween West­wood Road and Val­ley Bridge.”

There is also to be ma­jor patch­ing work on East­way, East­field. County coun­cil­lor Carl Les, North York­shire’s leader, said: “The signs give

a much smarter ap­pear­ance and we wel­come this op­por­tu­nity to sup­port Scar­bor­ough’s com­mu­nity and busi­nesses.”

County coun­cil­lor Don Macken­zie, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for High­ways, said: “There is al­ways more to do, but this con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment in Scar­bor­ough – over £3 mil­lion in up­dated signs and ex­ten­sive resur­fac­ing of roads for Scar­bor­ough – shows the county coun­cil’s commitment to the town’s present and

fu­ture pros­per­ity.”

Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil’s as­set management team has also been busy, re­plac­ing the her­itage street signs on tall posts at ar­eas such as Maple Drive, North­stead Manor Drive, Weapon­ness and Mountside.

The attractive signs have hor­i­zon­tal name­plates atop bur­gundy poles. A bor­ough coun­cil spokesman said: “In the past fi­nan­cial year, her­itage-type street signs have

been re­newed on Bar­row­cliff Road, Weapon­ness Drive, Prospect Mount Road, Wrey­field Drive, Ryn­dle Walk and High­dale Road. Another six signs will be re­placed in the com­ing weeks and any damaged signs that are re­ported to us will be dealt with on an ad-hoc ba­sis.”

Some her­itage signs and the newer square yel­low CCTV signs are grimed-up or cov­ered in moss and have yet to be cleaned.

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