Next phase of Billingham town centre revamp under way

Artist impression of the revamped Billingham town centre
Image caption The work is due to be completed by the end of the year

Work is under way on the latest phase of a major facelift for a Teesside town centre.

More than £5m is being spent on the project to improve the centre of Billingham, near Stockton.

The first phase of the scheme saw the relocation of the town's popular market and upgrades to CCTV cameras.

The next phase will see old toilet blocks demolished as well as new public seating, lighting and grassed areas created.

Mike Smith, Stockton Council's cabinet member for Regeneration and Transport, said: "The regeneration of Billingham town centre is starting to take shape and this latest phase of works will have a real impact.

"The continued commitment to Billingham adds up to around £30m already invested or committed for spend in the next 12 months."

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