Seaham residents are invited to have their say on plans to improve their town at a number of consultation events.

Following a successful initial application, Durham County Council is preparing a bid to secure over £1.6 million Heritage Lottery Funding for Seaham.

If granted, the funding will be used to deliver a Townscape Heritage project in the town centre, which will maintain historic buildings, help to bring vacant properties into use and upgrade paving and public spaces.

Seaham Town Centre was designated as a conservation area in 1997, identifying it as an area of special architectural and historic interest, and a management plan was developed to preserve and enhance the town’s character and appearance.

As part of the council’s latest funding bid, this plan is now being updated and members of the public are being encouraged to share their views on how changes to the area should be managed, including identifying ways to improve the town and ensuring that planning applications are appropriate for the area.

Cllr Carl Marshall, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said “Conservation areas are an important tool to help the council maintain and enhance a high quality environment. It is important we review these areas to ensure they are properly looked after, and that significant elements are recognised and preserved correctly.

“Our officers and consultants will work closely with the community to make sure people have their voices heard, and opinions considered. I’d encourage as many people as possible to come along to these events.”

People can share their thoughts and highlight their priorities for the project at a drop-in consultation event, Reviewing Seaham Conservation Area, at St John the Evangelist Church, Seaham on Thursday 15 November between 12 noon and 8.00pm.

Two further public consultation events in St John’s Church will give residents the opportunity to find out more about Seaham Townscape Heritage Project and how they can get involved:

  • Tuesday 6 November, 9.30am-5.30pm – Introduction to Townscape Heritage
  • Tuesday 20 November 9.30am-5.30pm – Future Events and Activitie

Comments can also be submitted online at www.durham.gov.uk/consultation