The Alston Townscape Heritage Scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund is moving into its final phase. Eight properties in the Conservation Area have so far received support for major conservation-led improvements to their shopfronts and more are expected to be completed in the coming year.

Another element of the Scheme concerns the public realm, the parts of the town open to all.
There had been hope of improvement work at the top of the town, at the Potato Market, but after extensive efforts, legal issues made this impossible to pursue.

It has therefore been decided to undertake a project at Townfoot, with the intention of drawing visitors into the town and creating a space for residents to appreciate and enjoy.
A consultation with local people has begun, concerning the key messages that this project should communicate. There is a choice of a number of possible ideas about the core aspects that convey what Alston is all about and could immediately draw visitors up to the shops, cafés, pubs and life of the town. As well as the impact on visitors, this must also be something that local people will feel proud of.

The consultation invites participants to score some key messages, indicating which seem to celebrate what’s special about Alston and likely to encourage visitors up into the town. As well as scoring the ideas, there is an opportunity to send comments.

Have your say now - Consultation form here

Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to hand out paper copies of the consultation, but if you would like one to be sent to you or to a member of your family please telephone 01434 382488 and we will send one out to you.

We look forward to making the foot of town look something special

Thank you for your support.