Work will start in Goole next month on new seating areas in the town centre thanks to part of the £750,000 accelerated Town Deal funding awarded last year.
The works will focus on the Boothferry Road pedestrian plaza and Paradise Place, with the project encouraged by the Goole Town Deal Board in response to improving the quality and quantity of outdoor spaces in the town centre.
The street furniture includes a mix of picnic benches, tables and benches, as well as planters spread about throughout them. The street furniture is 100 per cent recycled plastic and has used 6.4 tons in this project alone.
Joseph Richardson, chair of the Goole Town Deal Board, said: "We all recognise the detrimental effect the lockdown has had on the local economy and on people's lives, but we also recognise how it has affected people's confidence to be in and around public spaces.
"This project has been designed to help give people that confidence back and to venture out again and enjoy some socially-distanced seating, where they can perhaps see familiar faces and enjoy a takeout from the local hospitality sector."
To reflect Goole's heritage and industry, the street furniture is a two-tone colour with wood grain effect which will give it a more contemporary feel to the town centre.
The planters which will be installed will be planted with many different types of all-year round grasses to keep it simple yet effective, enhancing Goole's green environment and making the new seating areas attractive places for people to spend time in.
In addition to the new furniture and planters, the fund has also been used to purchase 12 pop-up outdoor stalls which will be available to use, and it is hoped be a launch pad for the start of a regular outdoor market in Goole town centre.
Councillor Victoria Aitken, portfolio holder for economic development and inward investment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "By improving the public realm in Goole town centre this way, we hope it will indirectly benefit those businesses that may have limited outdoor space for customers to enjoy food and drink, and contribute to the recovery effort in our local high streets.
"Also, local people in the town will have already noticed the new Mr Fill bins, which are solar-powered compacting bins, meaning they can accommodate greater volumes of waste and less need to empty them, making these bins a much more sustainable and efficient waste system."
In June 2020, East Riding of Yorkshire Council conducted a residents' survey which asked how consumer habits might change in light of the pandemic. The results showed that returning to local town centres, and having access to safe public spaces and familiar local shops and services, was important to people.
The new seating areas will therefore ensure social distancing by spacing out the picnic benches and alternating them, so neighbouring tables are not facing each other.
To find out more about the Goole Town Deal and the potential plans for Goole town centre, please visit https://www.gooletowndeal.co.uk/