Alston cobbles to be reinstated, but it will take time
Sir, We have been working with the community for some time regarding the potential redevelopment of Front Street, Alston, and we remain committed to finding a long-term solution that protects the historic nature of the town centre.
These plans are already being developed following community feedback and we will ensure there are even more opportunities for the community to get involved as any potential future scheme is developed.
Some work has already been done on the costs of a potential scheme but one like this will not be cheap and similar ones have cost between £1 million and £2 million.
Work is already under way to look at possible design options, and this will continue. Once finalised with the community these plans will be key to helping us secure the funding needed to deliver a scheme that reflects the historic nature of Alston.
The work that we have undertaken recently in Front Street was essential maintenance. We appreciate that the extent of these works, and the removal of sections of the cobbles, has caused some significant local concern and for that we apologise, as we recognise we could have communicated the extent of this work much more effectively with the local community.
We are storing the cobbles so that we can reinstate them into the town centre at a time when we have a final scheme agreed and have secured the funding needed to pay for it. Yours etc,
(County councillor for Alston and East Fellside)