Council funding provides signs of improvement in Retford
Retford Town Centre is set to benefit from improved signage and modernised street furniture thanks to £44,000 of new funding from Bassetlaw District and Nottinghamshire County councils.
The need for improved directional signage and information throughout the town was highlighted as part of a Signage Strategy, commissioned by the District Council and supported by Retford Business Forum and Retford Civic Society.
The County Council is contributing half the project costs, after a successful bid for Local Improvement Scheme funding by the business forum. This is being match-funded by the District Council.
Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chairman of Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Retford has many stunning historical features, which this scheme will help to highlight.
“I am delighted that we have been able to fund this project in time for the 2020 Mayflower Pilgrim anniversary celebrations, which we anticipate will generate an increase in visitors to Retford and a significant boost to the North Nottinghamshire economy.”
Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood’s at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “This project will greatly benefit the town centre and will help to improve the experience of visitors to our town centre.
“We look forward to working with the Business Forum and the Civic Society to deliver improved signage and information throughout the Town Centre that will also help to highlight some of Retford’s historic features.”
Rick Brand, Chair of Retford Business Forum, said: “By providing attractive and clear signage and information throughout the town, we hope that visitors of all ages and abilities will be safely directed to all the key amenities, assets and services that the town has to offer.
“Heritage buildings and sites within the town will also be clearly identified so that the public can visit and learn about the history and heritage of the town and the surrounding villages, adding value to Retford’s Heritage Trail and Guides.”
The priorities highlighted in the Council’s Signage Strategy were also identified as part of a Prince’s Trust Regeneration Report, in addition to LNER’s (formerly Virgin Trains’) Retford Travel Plan, which both undertook consultation with local organisations, groups and local authorities.
The improved signage in the town centre will also form an extension to the signposting and station improvement scheme which is being funded by an LNER Community Fund Grant to improve access to the Retford Train Station.
This project aims to improve the gateway and information signage within the town to the heritage and amenities that Retford has to offer. This will improve and enhance the local environment and add value to the visitor experience while benefiting the community and the local economy.
Pictured above are (left to right): Cllr Jim Anderson, Bassetlaw District Council; Rick Brand, Chair of Retford Business Forum; Councillor John Handley, Nottinghamshire County Council; Pam Barnsdale, Retford Civic Society and Councillor Michael Storey, Bassetlaw District Council.